Dr. Ronald Watkins at AZ Implant Solutions will discuss the benefits of implants versus other tooth replacement procedures in detail during your dental implant consultation. First, it is important to learn the parts of a dental implant and how they all work together to create an ideal tooth replacement option for you!
What Are Dental Implants?
The standard dental implant is made up of three key pieces: a titanium implant, an abutment, and a crown. The first step of the procedure involves surgically placing the titanium implant directly into the jaw bone. Shortly after placement, the implant is fused to the jaw bone, and this connection is equally as strong to that of the jaw and a natural tooth. Next, the abutment is fitted over the exposed part of the implant above the gum line. Finally, the crown is placed over the abutment. The crown looks just like a natural tooth and will cover the abutment completely.
Traditional procedures such as fixed bridges and partial dentures are still viable solutions for tooth replacement, but they pose several risks and complications. A bridge can damage the remaining natural teeth that would otherwise have been healthy, and may need to be replaced once or twice over a lifetime. Partial dentures and fixed bridges have a 30 percent failure rate within five to seven years of treatment. Repair and restorative work needed later in life can be costly.
Dental implants continue to offer a high success rate and can prevent bone loss and loss of facial structure. When placed successfully, implants help to maintain jaw health just like natural teeth. Implants are supported by more than 50 years of science and research, and continue to be an attractive long-term option for tooth replacement.
Are you wondering, what are dental implants and am I a good candidate for this procedure? Talk to our Paradise Valley dental implants specialists at AZ Implant Solutions to learn more about the benefits of implants. Call us for your consultation today!