Single Tooth Implants and Bridges

Dental Implants & Implant Bridges in Chandler, AZ

Replacing lost or decayed teeth is critical to maintaining long-term oral health. More than just an ugly gap in your smile might be caused by a missing tooth. Your remaining teeth may shift around the gap as a result of tooth loss, altering the alignment of your smile and possibly altering your facial features.

You may be unable to chew healthful foods if you have missing teeth. Removable partial dentures and other tooth replacement solutions aren’t as stable as implant-supported bridges or dental implants. An implant or implant supported bridge can restore most of your chewing function, allowing you to eat whatever you desire once again.

While a traditional dental bridge can prevent the majority of tooth loss-related issues, an implant-supported bridge provides a number of advantages. Traditional bridges rely on the support of neighboring teeth. Before the bridge can be fixed in place with dental cement, these seemingly healthy teeth must be altered. Because implants are used to hold the bridge, no good teeth must be ground down to replace a lost tooth. If you think you are in need of a dental implant or implant supported bridge in Chandler, AZ, then give our office a call to schedule your consultation!

The benefits of dental implants and implant supported bridges can include:

  • natural appearance
  • solid, natural chewing
  • attached securely and permanently
  • significantly reduces bone loss after removal of a natural tooth or teeth
  • no negative impact to nearby teeth like with other options (bridges)

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium screw that serves as the foundation to replace a tooth or teeth.

There are 3 parts to a dental implant:

  • Implant post (or body) – this is the foundation. It is placed in the jaw and acts as anchor.
  • Abutment – this piece connects the implant post and crown
  • Crown – this is the visible portion in the mouth. This could also be an implant bridge across multiple implants.

How long does the process take?

The process typically takes 5-6 months from start to finish.

  1. Place implant body and wait 4 months for integration into jaw bone.
  2. Uncover implants and allow gums to form to correct shape for 2 weeks.
  3. Take impressions and send off to outside lab for fabrication of abutment and crown. This normally takes 3-4 weeks.
  4. Place abutment and crown.
  5. For some patients, the process could take longer than described here.

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Frequently asked questions - FAQs

It depends. Since every case is unique, we’ll need to see you for a consultation to figure out the best course of treatment for you.

At this time, we do not place temporary crowns or bridges on implants that have just been placed. The reason for this is that we want as little force being placed on the implants as possible while we wait for them to integrate with your jawbone.

Most people are candidates for dental implants, even those who have been told they weren’t in the past. Call us to schedule your consultation and let’s see what we can do to get you smiling again.

Care for them like natural teeth:

  • Brush and floss twice a day.
  • Get cleanings regularly at intervals recommended by your dentist.
In the mouth, they look almost exactly like a natural tooth. The implant body (the screw) won’t be visible in the mouth. It is under the gums in your bone.
Yes! It will feel different from a natural tooth but will function the same.
Most patients are able to return to work either the same day or the next day. Certain cases could require more time off from work.

You may continue to bleed slightly for the first 24 hours after your implant placement. If you feel that you are bleeding more than you should be, please call the clinic.

An old home reemedy that still works really well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, get it damp, ring out the excess water, place it on your extraction site or sites, and the tanic acid in the tea leaves will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags as they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for this procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.
While experiences will vary, there could be some discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients report very little discomfort after their procedure. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.
The process is very straight forward. Your implant is placed into your jawbone and is left alone to intergrate for 4-6 months. After this, we take impressions and have your tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is needed, this can increase treatment time.
No, once your implant is completed, you will not be able to remove it.
We do not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium implants have been around for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to the market, so we do not know what their success will be like long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable, best long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.

While titanium dental implants do have a 95+% success rate, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things that can cause them to fail:

  • failure to integrate into the bone
  • smoking
  • diabetes

If an implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it at no charge to you.

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