Missing permanent teeth can take a toll on your confidence and ability to chew or speak properly. Gaps may also cause remaining teeth to shift out of proper alignment. If you have loose, severely decayed, or missing permanent teeth, Dallin Williams, DDS, is here for you at Ideal Dental of Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. He offers dental implants to replace missing teeth and restore your beautiful smile. Schedule a dental implant consultation by phone or online today.
Dental implants are a solution for missing or extracted permanent teeth. They are artificial, titanium tooth roots Dr. Williams can implant into your jaw to support new, custom-made artificial teeth and perfect your smile. Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth.
Mini dental implants are half the size of regular dental implants and are useful in narrow spaces or to support full upper and lower dentures. No incisions are needed with mini implants and the recovery period is shorter.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, Dr. Williams reviews your dental and medical history. He examines your teeth and gums and uses dental X-rays to determine the extent of damage you have. You must be in good overall health and willing to commit to a process that takes several months.
If you require bone grafting because your jaw isn’t strong enough to support implants, Dr. Williams completes bone grafting and allows the graft to heal prior to implant placement. He may also extract severely decayed teeth prior to getting implants.
During the next step in the process of dental implants, Dr. Williams surgically places metal posts within your jawbone. He numbs the treatment area and offers you sedation, so you feel comfortable and relaxed – with no pain. Dr. Williams might have you wear temporary crowns during the healing process.
After several months of healing, he places an abutment on each implant to serve as the base of your new tooth. He uses impressions or digital scans to serve as blueprints for the new, custom-made teeth.
When your new crowns, bridges, or dentures are ready, Dr. Williams ensures they fit properly and secures them to the abutments to perfect your new, permanent set of teeth and beautiful smile.
If you care for your new dental implants properly, they can last a lifetime. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. Floss every day. See Dr. Williams and his team every six months (or more often in some cases) for routine dental cleanings and exams.
Eat a nutritious diet low in added sugar to help prevent gum disease and tooth decay in your remaining natural teeth. Don’t open packages with your teeth or chew on hard objects. Call Ideal Dental of Tucson right away if your implants become loose or damaged.
Don’t live with missing teeth when you don’t have to. Book an appointment with Ideal Dental of Tucson by phone or online today.