Dental Implants Mesa, AZ
There are many options for replacing missing teeth, we can use dental crowns, conventional bridges, partial and full dentures. All of these are good options that offer many pros and cons. But, for the most permanent and natural feeling, we offer Dental Implants. We surgically place your dental implant below the gumline, directly into the jawbone, where it will, with time, fuse to the bone, creating a very strong hold. Our patients love the stability of this option, due to a process called osseointegration, the implant become part of your jaw, helping it feel secure and natural.
Common Reasons for using Dental Implants include:
|•||To replace a missing tooth
|•||To help maintain a healthy level of bone and stop atrophy
|•||To support the placement of overdentures
|•||To keep the look and feel of a real tooth once one is missing|
Pre-Treatment Process for Dental Implants
There are many questions that we have to answer before you can have dental implants placed. The question we get asked the most frequently is, “Can I get dental implants?” Our answer is almost always in the affirmative. We will schedule you to come in and have a thorough examination to determine what needs to take place to ensure that your implant procedure is a success.
We will start by taking a digital X-ray of your mouth so that we can determine your oral health and bone levels. Good bone levels in the jaw are critical to the success of implants. Implants rely on having a strong bone structure to support them. When you lose a tooth and don’t replace it, the bone in that part of the jaw ceases receiving stimulation and will eventually start to recede. If enough bone recession has taken place that we find that your jaw cannot support the dental implant, we will arrange to have a bone graft placed.
During this visit, please feel free to ask any questions that you may have about your procedure, we want you to feel comfortable with the idea of having dental implants placed and will do our very best to address any concerns that you may have.
We will use the information that we gather during this appointment to build a treatment plan specific to your mouth. This plan will detail the specifics of how we will place the implants and what products that we will use. It will also include any specialists that need to be involved in the placement of your dental implants.
Be sure to let us know about any medications that you take during this visit to our office. If you are taking any heart medications or have issues with infection, we may place you on an antibiotic before the beginning of the procedure.
Before Dental Implant Placement Surgery
It is important that you prepare for implant surgery before coming in to have the implants placed. Having a few days worth of meals planned ahead of time is never a bad idea, keeping in mind that you may have to go on a soft foods diet to accommodate your new implants. You will need to arrange for a friend of family member to provide you transport back home following dental implant placement procedure. You will be placed under sedation for the procedure and may not be able to drive. Don’t eat large meals before going under sedation and avoid alcohol and tobacco use.
What is the process for placing a Dental Implant?
Preparing your JawThis is done with first anesthetizing the patient. Your comfort always comes first at East Valley Implant & Periodontal Center. We offer a variety of anesthesia options and are happy to accommodate you in any way we can just let us know ahead of time what you would like. The gum tissue is cut open to reveal the bone where the implant will be placed. Some patients might require a bone graft if it was determined that insufficient bone be present. Using a specialized drill, your Scottsdale or Mesa Implantologist will prepare the bone to receive the implant.
Placing the Dental ImplantWith the bone now prepared, we can place the implant and close the gum tissue around it. We will use sutures to finalize the site and reconnect the gum tissue around the implant. The process for healing is between three and six months. The healing process is dependent upon the patient and the state of their oral health.
During this healing process, your living tissues will integrate with the implant, creating a strong bond, this is called osseointegration. The bone in your jaw will grow around the titanium implant forming a strong mechanical bond with the implant post. This strong mechanical bond allows you to use you dental implants that same way you would a natural tooth – to chew and speak with confidence.
Attaching the AbutmentFollowing healing, we will attach an abutment to the implant to serve as the attachment between the implant and the dental crown. We screw the abutment into the top of the dental implant post and secure it permanently with a special, long-lasting dental cement. The abutment provides some surface area for us to attach the implant restoration.
Placing the new Dental RestorationWith the implant and the post ready, we will take a mold of your mouth and have a dental restoration fabricated. It will be designed to fit in size, shape, and color for a perfect fit. The restoration is placed over the post and cemented into place.
We call it a restoration because dental implants can be used to support the placement of single teeth (crown), several consecutive teeth (dental bridge), or even a full arch of teeth. Each one of these restorations requires a specific kind of abutment and special planning to be placed.
The final result is a dental crown that appears natural, and provides the strength and function that you desire.
Materials We Use To Make Dental Restorations
We use a variety of materials to craft dental implant restorations. It all depends on what kind of material you would like to use. We can craft restorations out of the following materials:
|•||Ceramic like zirconia
|•||Ceramic of porcelain fused to metal
Each material provides different benefits. Ceramic is both very strong, and similar to natural teeth in it’s aesthetic. Porcelain does a fantastic job of matching the exact look of a tooth but isn’t quite as strong as some of the other materials, which makes it ideal for restoring front teeth. Porcelain and ceramic fused to a metal base offer incredible strength as well as a good looking restoration that matches the look of a real tooth. Finally, gold can last a whole lifetime in your mouth and feels just like a real tooth.
It is important that you take good care of yourself following dental implant surgery to ensure their long-term success. When you recover from anesthesia, you will find that you have some gauze pads in your mouth over the surgery sites. These are placed to soak up any excess blood that may seep out over the course of the next several hours. We will send you home with some extra gauze pads in case you need to change them out.
When coming off of sedation, it is important that you listen to your body. If you feel dizzy or nauseous, just let us know and take it easy. It may take some time for these side effects to wear off and it’s better to play it safe and sit quietly, we are happy to accommodate you for as long as you need.
You will likely experience the following symptoms while you heal:
|•||Swelling of you face and gums
|•||Pain at the surgery site
|•||Bleeding around the site
|•||Bruising around the site|
All of these are signs that the healing process is taking place and everything is progressing normally. If you find that you have elevated levels of pain for prolonged periods of time, or if the swelling doesn’t go down after a couple of days, give us a call at (480) 376-2848 as this could be a sign of complications.
Oral Hygiene Following Implant Placement
It’s very important that you take good care of your mouth following dental implant placement procedure. For the first 24 hours following surgery, it’s safe to avoid brushing and flossing to avoid harming the site. The day after surgery it is important that you brush and rinse your mouth after every meal. Infection of the implant site is what you want to avoid and the bacteria that feed on leftover foods and acids in your mouth following your meals. Always brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If the site bleeds following brushing, just apply the gauze pads for several minutes to aid in clotting.
Pain Management Following Surgery
It’s not surprising that most oral surgery is followed by some degree of discomfort or pain. Fortunately, the mouth heals faster than almost anywhere else on the body. A long as you don’t have any known issues with over-the-counter pain medications like Advil or Tylenol, they are fine to help you with minor discomfort or pain. When more severe pain becomes an issue feel free to take the prescription medication that we prescribe you. Whenever taking any medication, make sure to follow the directions as written and never exceed the suggested maximum dosing instructions. We may also prescribe you an antibacterial mouthwash that will help you to keep the implant site free from infection.
Directly following general anesthesia or IV sedation, it is not uncommon to experience dizziness or nausea as well as some dehydration. These sedatives often lead to some degree of dehydration. For this reason, it is best to drink some water immediately following implant surgery providing that you don’t feel nauseous or dizzy. Some good soft foods that you can eat for days immediately following implant surgery are gelatin, pudding, applesauce, and soup. All of these foods will help to keep you hydrated and healthy.
During the healing process, you may notice some differences in your mouth. Bad breath is a very common symptom that people who have had oral surgery experience. You might also notice white or hard tissue around the surgery site a few days after surgery. Neither of these symptoms is worrisome; they are both a totally normal part of the healing process. You may also notice the metallic healing cap that we place over the dental implant while we wait for it to heal.
It is always tempting to feel around your mouth when new changes occur – it’s something that happens without us even realizing it. Our tongue is constantly probing our mouth involuntarily, and when it finds something new or different, it can become an obsessive thing to feel it over and over again. This is very common following oral surgery, but you should make an active attempt to avoid feeling the implant site with your tongue. The healing process can be hindered if your tongue is constantly probing the site. Do the best you can to monitor yourself and avoid probing the area.
|•||Todd Jorgenson, DDS|
|•||Joseph Capps, DDS|
|•||Ryan Harbertson, DDS|
are happy to answer your questions about Dental Implants at our Mesa, AZ 480-376-2848 option 1, and Scottsdale, AZ 480-376-2848 option 2 locations.
NOTE: This information does not represent the medical advice of our dental office, always refer to your personalized information given to you by our office or call us at (480) 376-2848 for dental advice.