Phoenix Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
Before you get started on the long journey to completing dental implant supported tooth replacement, the Anderson Dental team knows you will have a lot of questions. The caring members of our Phoenix dentistry team are always happy to help you, and we do our utmost to answer your questions clearly and concisely. On this page, you’ll find some of the answers to Phoenix dental implants frequently asked questions. We know this won’t necessarily cover every question you may have, and that’s why we’re always here to answer and of your other questions. If you don’t see your question here or you want to learn more, call to schedule an implant consultation with our dedicated dentist and team. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you find the best tooth replacement options to meet your needs.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts that resemble a screw. They are inserted into the gum line where they mimic the natural function of the lost tooth roots.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Once implants are surgically placed, they fuse with the gums and jawbone, recreating the lost tooth roots. Abutments are attached to the implant post in order to affix the replacement tooth or teeth. When in place, your replacement teeth will look and feel just like your healthy, natural smile.
Why Should I Consider Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer patients the closest to natural tooth replacement option. This means that your smile will look, feel, and function more like healthy dental structure. In addition to improving the appearance and function of your smile, dental implant posts also help to maintain jawbone density and gum tissue volume.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are surgically placed below the gum line. The procedure is simple. We make a small incision in the soft tissue. Then, we place the implant and attach a protective cap. Over the course of several months following treatment, the implant will fuse with the gum and bone tissue. When the implant is fully fused with the supportive structures, you can return to our office where we attach the replacement tooth or teeth.
How Many Dental Implants do I Need?
The number of dental implants you need depends on the number and location of your missing teeth. To replace a single tooth, we will use one implant post to support a dental crown. For two or more consecutive teeth, we will use two implants, one on each end, to support a dental bridge. For more advanced tooth loss, we will use three to six strategically positioned implant posts to support a partial or full denture.
How do I Care for My Implant Supported Replacement Teeth?
Once your implants are in place, proper care includes daily brushing and twice a year appointments in our office. You may also want to use a water flosser and/or antimicrobial mouth rinse to help remove plaque that can build up between the gums and replacement teeth.
How Long do Dental Implants Last?
With proper care, your implant supported tooth replacement should last two or more decades before it needs to be repaired or replaced. This is more than twice as long as the life of traditional tooth replacements like bridges and dentures.