Dental Implants In Apache Junction

Dental Implants In Apache Junction

To have missing teeth is not a pleasant situation to be in, to say the least. Your eating habits are affected, and your speaking abilities may be as well. If you are missing one or more teeth, you may have considered tooth replacement options. Bridges and dentures are somewhat effective at restoring some function, but cannot really replicate the feeling of the natural teeth. For that, you may want to consider dental implants. You can find this treatment at Meridian Dental Care in Apache Junction.

Effects of having missing teeth

Missing teeth can have an impact on more than just your eating and speaking abilities. Leaving the gaps in your teeth over an extended period of time can allow the remaining teeth to shift out of their position and into the empty spaces. This can eventually cause a change in your bite. Lost teeth can also lead to bone loss.

Benefits of dental implants

  • Function, look and feel like natural teeth
  • Allow for improved speech and eating
  • Do not become loose, as dentures and bridges can
  • Prevent or slow down bone loss
  • Are long-lasting

What are dental implants?

The implants themselves are small metal posts that are placed directly into the jawbone. There, they fuse with the surrounding bone and can then support a dental restoration. One dental implant can restore more than one tooth.

Procedure

The procedure to have dental implants put in place takes at least two appointments over the course of several months to complete. Your dentist will first examine your mouth and assess your overall oral health to determine whether you will be able to support the dental implants. There must be sufficient bone structure in the jaw to support the posts; if not, a bone graft may first be recommended to build up the bone in the jaw before the implants can be placed.

To place dental implants, an incision will be made in the gum line, and the bone underneath will be prepared to receive the implant. The post will then be inserted into place, and the gum tissue will be stitched closed on top. It will take several months for the implants to fuse into the surrounding bone fully. Once this process, called osseointegration, has completed, the artificial tooth/teeth can be fixed to them.

For more information on this effective tooth replacement solution in Apache Junction, please contact us at Meridian Dental Care.

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