Dental Implants in Phoenix, AZ
Whether you have experienced tooth loss as a result of injury, disease, or tooth extraction, dental implants are widely seen as the best long term replacement option. Not only do they promote bone and tissue stabilization, they also resist decay and cannot be removed without additional surgery. Patients suffering from tooth loss are encouraged to contact Dr. Alison P. Schwartz for more information about dental implants in Phoenix, AZ.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a form of prosthetic tooth replacement which look and act just like real teeth. A titanium screw is surgically placed into the jaw where it naturally fuses with the jaw bone. Then a ceramic crown is placed on top to give the structure a natural appearance and to enable normal biting and chewing abilities. Dental implants can be used no matter what the cause of tooth loss, provided proper bone support exists. Whether it is gum disease, decay, or a tooth extraction, dental implants are a great long term solution.
Why dental implants?
Dental implants are widely seen as an improvement over past tooth replacement methods. While dentures and fixed bridges are great options for short term tooth replacement, they often cause complications over extended periods of time. For example, removable dentures do not interact with the jaw bone and can allow for bone deterioration over time.
Fixed bridges also cause problems. Since a bridge requires that adjacent teeth be resized and reshaped to allow for a proper fit, these teeth are often more vulnerable to bacteria and decay. Over time, they may fall out or become so badly damaged that a tooth extraction is necessary. Dental implants on the other hand do not cause such problems. Since they are firmly planted in the jaw bone, there is no risk of bone deterioration. This also means that they do not affect adjacent teeth and are more suited for long term tooth replacement.
If you have missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. To learn more about dental implants in Phoenix, AZ, contact Dr. Schwartz and schedule your consultation today!