Have you lost a tooth and hate the way your smile looks? Dental implants can replace that missing tooth and improve your smile. Waterfront Dentistry and Refresh Dentistry explain how implants can help you. Dr. Sutton and Dr. Shawn Monahan offer implants to residents of the entire Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ areas.
What are implants?
A dental implant looks like a tiny screw. Your dentist makes a small opening in your jawbone and places the implant inside. During the next three to six months, the titanium implant will begin to bond with the bone in your jaw. The process usually takes about three to six months, although it does vary. When bonding is complete, your Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix dentist will place a crown on top of the implant, allowing you to chew and speak normally. In some cases, you may receive a crown on the same day you receive your implant.
Why is it so important to replace a lost tooth?
Tooth replacement offers several benefits including:
- Better ability to chew and bite: When you lose a tooth, particularly if that tooth is a molar, it may be difficult to thoroughly chew food. Failing to adequately chew your food can result in stomach upset.
- Improved health for surrounding teeth: The surrounding teeth begin to drift toward the gap in your smile after you lose a tooth. When this occurs, your teeth begin to overlap, making it difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque from the overlapping sections. Your new implant prevents drifting from occurring and helps keep all of your teeth straight and healthy.
- Better bone health: Your teeth roots provide constant stimulation to your jawbone. Without that stimulation, your jawbone can begin to weaken and recede. Since implants replace your tooth roots, they provide the stimulation that the bone needs to remain strong.
- Improved self-confidence: It's hard to feel like smiling when there's a gap in your smile. Once your implant and crown is in place, you'll feel more confident in social and professional settings.
Would you like to find out if a dental implant is the ideal option for you? Call Waterfront Dentistry and Refresh Dentistry in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ and schedule an appointment. With a little help from Dr. Sutton and Dr. Monahan, your smile will be complete again!