Missing teeth can have an impact on your self-esteem and confidence as well as interfere with speech and chewing. If you have missing teeth and are considering visiting a Dentist in Ahwatukee AZ for dentures, there is another option; dental implants. Dental Implants in Ahwatukee, AZ are prosthetic teeth that are designed to look and feel like your own natural teeth.
The process for getting dental implants starts with a consultation with your Dentist in Ahwatukee AZ. During the consultation the dentist will take x-rays to make sure you have the correct bone density and structure for the implants. You will then schedule an appointment for the installation of the implants, which is a two step process. During the first appointment the dentist will install titanium screws into the jawbone. You will have to wait about 6 to 8 weeks for the area to heal before the second part of the process is completed. After your jaw is healed, the dentist is inspect the screw to make sure it is correctly implanted.
If you are healed correctly, porcelain caps will be installed over the screws. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently installed, so you do not have to worry about taking them out to clean or uncomfortable fits. Dental implants are made with porcelain materials so they must be treated as though they are natural teeth. Avoid biting on hard foods and candies, brush twice each day and floss daily to prevent damages to the implants. It is recommended that you visit the dentist at least once each year to make sure the dental implants are securely in place and in good condition.
Dental implants can be installed to replace one or more teeth as well as be installed to serve as an anchor for a bridge. Most insurance policies do not cover the cost of implants; however, many dentists offer a payment plan and/or financing options to cover the cost of implants. It is important to discuss your options with the dentist during your consultation. If you are having other dental work done, your dentist will discuss which procedure should be done before the installation of the implants.
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