Dr. Robert S. Wood and Dr. Nicholas J. Coles are experts in dental implant consultations and procedures in Tucson, AZ. If you want to replace your missing teeth, dental implants are designed to look and function just like natural teeth. In addition to restoring your ability to eat and smile confidently, they also prevent bone loss and other problems associated with tooth loss. Professionals often recommend them as the first option you should consider when replacing missing teeth.
They can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth in a row, or even an entire arch of missing teeth. When you come in for a consultation, your oral surgeon will review your situation and discuss all of your treatment options with you. Not everyone is a candidate, so it’s important to see a specialist for an evaluation before pursuing treatment.
What is a dental implant?
The root of a natural tooth firmly holds your tooth in place so that you can bite and tear tough foods. Dental implants are essentially prosthetic tooth roots that secure your replacement teeth in place. Just like a natural tooth’s root, dental implants create a secure foundation for your new crowns or prosthetic teeth.
Each restoration consists of three parts. The post is a medical-grade titanium screw that is inserted into your jaw by an oral surgeon. Titanium has natural properties that allow it to integrate with the bone beneath your gums, creating a strong hold for your new teeth. Once the post is securely bonded with your bone, an abutment will be attached to it. This abutment is a connector piece between the post and your new prosthesis. You can have a single crown, multi-tooth bridge, or sometimes even a full fixed denture attached to your implants, depending on your condition.
Dental Implants in Tucson, AZ
If you live near Tucson, AZ, and you are considering dental implants, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. Our surgeons have years of experience helping patients find tooth loss solutions that fit their needs.