Mesa AZ Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.  They are long term solutions that provide comfortable, functional, and natural-looking results.
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3-Unit Bridge – The Traditional Option

Bridges have typically been used to replace only one missing tooth. They are designed and constructed in such a way so they proximate the normal color of your teeth. Bridges give support by utilizing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to provide support for the replacement tooth that will fill the space where the natural tooth is missing.

The idea of the bridge is to improve chewing ability and provide a more beautiful outcome. However, the bone that exists below the replacement tooth can no longer be stimulated by chewing and will usually be reabsorbed into the body. The result is a slowly growing gap between the new tooth and the gums.

Drawbacks

  • Healthy adjacent teeth must be grinded down
  • Potential for increased risk to the prepared teeth
  • Bone reabsorption will result in diminished esthetics over time
  • Life span is 5 to 7 years
  • May have metal

Single Tooth Implant – A Technologically Advanced Solution

Fortunately, technology has provided a more advanced method than a bridge for preserving adjacent teeth; Mesa AZ dental implants. Implants are tiny titanium screws that replace the natural tooth root. Implants encourage bone and implant to attach while the healing process occurs, resulting a better long-term results.
Other advantages of implants are that the adjacent teeth need no modification and they stimulate underlying bone.

Drawbacks

  • More invasive than bridge

Single Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants

Single Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
The process of using an implant to replace a single lost tooth gives a natural-looking and cost-effective means of tooth replacement that doesn’t require any crowning of adjacent teeth. A temporary crown can immediately be placed, provided the bone has sufficient density.

Partially Edentulous Cemented Bridge on Implants

In instances where a single tooth or multiple teeth are missing (edentulous), a post is placed and receives a cemented bridge. The result is a method of replacing missing teeth without having to crown adjacent teeth. Again, bone density is a determining factor in whether or not a temporary bridge may be placed.

Lower Overdenture Retained by 2-4 implants

For patients who are completely missing all teeth in the lower jaw, two to four implants can bestow retention using either balls or Locator ™ attachments. The implants will provide stability and retention of a denture. Should additional implants be added in the future, this restoration can be upgraded.

Full Arch Bar Overdenture on 4-6 implants

For jaws that are completely edentulous, a minimum of 4 implants in either the lower or upper jaw provides support and denture retention using balls, clips, and other retentive means. By splinting four to six implants that are placed in the anterior of each jaw, the bar can move behind the implants and provide a completely implant-supported removable restoration.

Full Arch Screw-in Restoration on 4-8 implants

For completely edentulous jaws, a minimum of 4 implants can offer support for a screw-retained fixed bridge. In the upper jaw, bone may be required to be grafted in order to lift the floor of the maxillary sinus.

Full Arch Cemented Restoration on 4-8 implants

In jaws that are completely edentulous, the use of a minimum of six implants in the upper jaw and four implants in the lower jaw, provides reinforcement for a cemented fixed bridge. In the upper jaw, bone may be required to be grafted in order to lift the floor of the maxillary sinus.