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Dental implants: a versatile option for replacing missing teeth

Replacing Missing Teeth in Phoenix AZ Area

As dentists, we would love for all of our patients to keep all of their natural teeth for their entire lifetime, but things happen! Traumatic injuries, infections, decay, and even genetics can all result in missing teeth. At Life Smiles Dental Care inPhoenix, Arizona, we offer a variety of options for replacing missing teeth to meet our patients’ diverse needs. Dental implants are one of the most versatile options available, and they also have many functional and oral health benefits. Read on to learn more about the “gold standard” in tooth replacement!

Why replace missing teeth?

Tooth loss affects a person’s smile in many ways. In addition to the impact that missing teeth have on the appearance of your smile – and in turn, your self-confidence, tooth loss can also impede your ability to speak and chew your food properly. The gaps created by missing teeth can also cause your other teeth to shift in your mouth, creating bite and misalignment problems and make your mouth more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay. Additionally, the underlying bone that supports your teeth begins to deteriorate over time because it no longer sustains the chewing forces that help keep it strong and healthy.

The great news is that dental implants solve all of these issues!

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Dental Implants - Before After Photos 02, in Teeth Phoenix AZ Area

How dental implants work

Dental implants are designed to mimic a natural tooth root, which helps hold the tooth firmly in place in the jaw. An implant is a small screw-like piece of titanium that is surgically placed into the jawbone, where it fuses with the bone over time to create a very stable and secure foundation for your new tooth or set of teeth. Because of this, dental implants are:

  • Great for your oral health: By replacing your missing teeth with implants, you can prevent the oral health issues discussed above because the implants fill the gap created by the missing teeth and help stimulate the jawbone to prevent deterioration over time
  • Comfortable and convenient: After your implant has healed, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods and activities without worrying about your new tooth slipping or falling out
  • Natural-looking: We use the latest dental materials to fabricate your new teeth so that they look as great as they feel and function
  • Versatile: Dental implants can be used to replace just one tooth or an entire arch of teeth and everything in between! We can finish your dental implant with a single dental crown, a dental bridge, or even a full arch of dentures that are either fixed or removable, depending on your specific needs and preferences
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The dental implant process

Getting dental implants placed takes a few visits that are spaced out by several months to enable the implant to heal, but patients find that the end result is well worth the wait. In your first visit, we will surgically place the implant in your jaw. We use effective anesthetics to ensure that this procedure is painless, and many patients often return to work the day after their surgery! After the implant has healed, which typically takes a few months, we will place an abutment or attachment on it, and then the final step is the placement of your dental restoration on the implant.

To learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, call Life Smiles Dental Care in Phoenix, AZ today! Our office can be reached at (602) 786-5484.

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Dr. Paul Nielson, DDS, MAGD earned a zoology degree from Brigham Young University before completing dental studies at University of Washington, Seattle. He has practiced dentistry for over a decade, and has followed continuing education to exceed the state’s licensing requirements. He’s a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and holds membership in many professional associations. He’s especially interested in implant, cosmetic and sedation dentistry; and full mouth rehabilitation.
Dr. Timothy Schmidt, DMD, FAGD studied in Utah and Oregon, before serving at University of Washington School of Dentistry as an affiliate instructor. Then he returned to Arizona to serve his local community. As a member of several prestigious dental organizations, he aims to provide comfortable treatments delivering natural-looking and long-lasting results. He aims to raise dental healthcare standards through ongoing education, new technologies and by listening to patients’ concerns.
Dr. Jared Bishop earned his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in Utah, after which he completed his dental school training at Midwestern University in Glendale. Having completed a 1 year residency, Dr. Bishop was also honored to practice dentistry in the U.S. Army for 5 years. As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Arizona Dental Association, Dr. Bishop keeps up with current dental technology, techniques, and materials to provide his patients with the highest standard of care.

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