If you're missing a tooth, you're not alone — around 70% of Americans aged 35-44 have lost at least one tooth. But tooth loss can knock your confidence and affect your facial structure. Dental implants are an effective and popular treatment, with dentists placing almost 5 million implants every year. Dominic Tam, DMD, and the team at South Valley Dentistry in Chandler, Arizona, have years of experience recreating beautiful smiles using dental implants. If you’re ready to restore your smile and improve your tooth function, call or make an appointment online today.
Teeth play a vital role in the features and anatomy of your face. When you lose a tooth, it leaves a gap in your jaw that can look unsightly and create an unstable facial structure.
Dental implants are replacement teeth that dentists use to fill the spaces left behind. They look identical to your remaining teeth and prevent the jawbone from collapsing.
You can have implants that replace a single missing tooth, two or more teeth, or entire arches. South Valley Dentistry can help determine which option is best for you.
A dental implant treatment takes several weeks. First, your dentist places a titanium implant into your jawbone. This implant is a small post that the tooth "inner" will eventually screw into. The implant takes around 2-3 months to heal and fuse into the jawbone so that it's anchored securely.
Once healed, your dentist screws in the tooth inner, or abutment, and places a crown over the top. The crown is the replica tooth — the part everyone sees.
Dental implants create a firm, secure foundation for replacement teeth.
There are several ways South Valley Dentistry uses dental implants, depending on how many teeth you have missing and where.
If you have just one tooth missing, your dentist simply inserts the implant into the space created by the missing tooth.
If you have multiple teeth missing, dental implants can secure a bridge — a frame that holds multiple replacement teeth — using just one or two implants. This reduces the number of implants you need and provides a more secure, less damaging anchor than other methods.
An arch is an entire top or bottom row of teeth. If you've lost all or most of your teeth, dental implants can secure permanent and removable dentures.
South Valley Dentistry offers a range of dental implant options, including same-day teeth, where you can have a brand new smile in one day, and the innovative All-on-4® method, which allows you to have an entire bridge placed using just four implants.
Stop hiding your smile. Call South Valley Dentistry or request a consultation online today.