The benefits of dental implants in Mesa
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, even harder than bone; but frequently it is not enough to prevent damage. When the enamel is compromised because of an accident or cavity, and the tooth’s root becomes damaged, Dr. Fritz will have to extract the tooth. The longest-lasting, most natural-looking restoration option for a missing tooth is a dental implant.
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
Dental implants are best described as an artificial tooth root. During a simple procedure, which only requires the use of local anesthetic, Dr. Fritz will implant a small titanium post in the jawbone. Titanium is biocompatible, so the jawbone will fuse to it in a process called osseointegration. This takes between three and six months, and once complete, the implant is as strong as a tooth root.
The implant is the foundation for the completed restoration. Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment is attached to the implant.Depending on the number of teeth being replaced, and the number of implants placed, a dental crown or fixed dental bridge can be used to replace the missing teeth. The result is a very natural and strong restoration that will be a perfect match for your remaining teeth.
THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implants provide patients a number of benefits in addition to a beautiful smile. Some of those benefits include:
- When a tooth is extracted, patients suffer bone loss around the empty socket, dental implants can prevent further bone loss.
- Implant supported restorations can last a lifetime. They have better than a 95 percent success rate after 20 years, and can last for more than 50 years with proper care.
- Because implants are supported by an artificial tooth root, the structure of the teeth adjacent the gap is not compromised to accommodate dental crowns, as it would be for a fixed dental bridge.
If you are missing a tooth, call New Health Dental at (480) 830-3305, and schedule a consultation to find out if dental implants are the perfect solution for you. Even if your tooth has been missing for a while and there is bone loss, it still may be possible for dental implants to be placed. Dr. Fritz will discuss your options with you; he enjoys giving Mesa residents a reason to smile.