Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by Dr. James R. Knochel, who is a specialist of the gums and the supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, the crowns will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for Dental Implants
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of receiving dental implants depends on many factors unique to the individuals we treat. Treatment time varies from implants with immediate temporary crowns, to treatment that takes many months. Generalizations on treatment time will be tailored to your unique clinical situation.
X-rays and sometimes impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the gingival cuff, which maintains the space for your general dentist to place his post and crown. This procedure can be done with local anesthesia with or without Intravenous sedation.
After adequate healing, the implant crowns are made and fitted to the post portion of the implant. You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
At the office of James R. Knochel, D.D.S., P.C., our dental implants can successfully restore the missing root of your teeth; they can completely transform the look of your smile and renew your confidence. Please contact our office at 520-747-7944 today to learn more about how we can restore your missing teeth with dental implants in Tucson, Arizona.