If you’re missing one, some, or all of your permanent teeth, dental implants can restore your smile, as well as your ability to bite and chew. At Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants, in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Kent Hales, DDS, uses dental implants to transform their patients’ smiles. To see if you’re a candidate, schedule an appointment. Call the office or book online.
Dental implants are metal posts that act as replacement tooth roots. Your Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants provider places them into small incisions in your gum line during outpatient surgery. Following your operation, you return home while your mouth heals. Your bone grows around each implant, attaching them to your jaw.
Dental implants can support almost any type of restoration, including crowns, fixed-bridges, and implant-supported dentures. Dr. Hales has more than 20 years of experience placing implants. He trained with the inventors of two different implant systems and instructed implant placement at the largest university in Central America.
Dental implants offer various advantages, including:
Dental implants can also improve your confidence and self-esteem. If you’re missing one or several permanent teeth, the skin around your mouth may sag. Dental implants restore structure to your smile, making you appear younger.
To qualify for dental implants, you need healthy gums and enough jawbone volume to support each implant. If you have gum disease or low bone volume, the team at Gentle Care Dentistry and implants might recommend scaling and root planing or bone grafting before moving forward with treatment.
You should also let the team know if you have an underlying health problem like high blood pressure or diabetes. These issues won’t necessarily prevent you from getting dental implants, but they may increase your risk of complications.
Getting dental implants usually takes a series of appointments spaced several weeks or months apart. Your provider conducts an oral exam at your initial visit and reviews your oral health history. Next, they administer a local anesthetic and surgically place implants into your jaw.
After surgery, you’ll have return visits to check on the healing of the implants, and an evaluation will be made to proceed, usually in 2-4 months.
A week or two later, you return to Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants. Your provider carefully places your crowns, fixed-bridge, or implant-supported dentures. You leave the office with an aesthetically pleasing smile and the ability to bite and chew confidently.
To see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment at Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants. Call the office or book online today.