Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing one or more missing teeth, and an area of specialty for Eugene J. Kim, DDS. Through his practice at Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Kim has transformed lives and smiles through top-quality dental implants. If you have questions or concerns about the dental implant process, schedule an appointment over the phone today.
Many people only consider the aesthetic implications of missing teeth, but there are also serious health issues to think about. Your teeth act together to form a healthy bite, enabling you to chew food and get the nutrients your body needs to thrive.
Teeth also affect your speech, and missing teeth can make it challenging to communicate at home or work. Most importantly, your natural teeth are anchored directly into your bone tissue. Every time you bite down you stimulate that bone tissue, keeping it healthy and strong.
If you lose one or more teeth, the underlying bone is no longer stimulated and can begin to wear away. That’s what causes the sunken-in look associated with people who’ve lost their teeth.
Dental implants are permanent tooth replacement options. Once in place, implants look and function just like your natural teeth.
Like your natural teeth, dental implants are anchored directly into your bone tissue. They provide the same stimulation as natural teeth, preventing bone loss and delivering an excellent bite. Dental implants can last a lifetime and require no special care other than normal oral hygiene.
You receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout the process, and there are several sedation options that can make the process easier to manage. You might need to take antibiotics prior to your appointment to reduce the risk of infection.
Once you’re resting comfortably, Dr. Kim makes an incision in your gum tissue to gain access to your jawbone. He uses the X-Guide™ Dynamic 3D Navigation system to determine the precise angle and depth needed for optimal implant placement, all in real-time.
Depending on your needs, your gum tissue may be closed over the implant during the healing process. In most cases, you need to wait a few months for the implant to fuse to your bone tissue before returning to have an abutment and the crown portion of the implant placed. There are also same-day implants available, and Dr. Kim can discuss the pros and cons of all available options.
Dental implants can replace one, several, or all of your missing teeth. In cases where you’re missing all of your upper or lower teeth, implant-secured dentures are something to consider.
These dentures are a span of crowns that connect to two or more dental implants in your upper or lower jaw. There are several options to choose from.
To learn more about the full range of dental implant options, schedule an appointment today by phone.