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Dental implants in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ
Dental implants in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ

Dental Implants in Tucson, AZ

The Healthy, Long-Lasting Option for Restoring Teeth

Dental implants are replacement teeth that look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. Just like a natural tooth’s root, the implant creates a secure foundation for the crown. This fully restores your ability to eat and chew your favorite foods without any removable appliances or discomfort. You can receive as many implants as you need to achieve a full and healthy smile.

Dr. Robert Wood, Dr. Nicholas Coles, Dr. Negin Saghafi, and Dr. Holbrook are experts in restoring teeth with long-lasting dental implants. Dental professionals often recommend them as the first option to consider when replacing missing or failing teeth. If you are ready to explore your tooth replacement options with dental implants, contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Tucson, AZ, today.

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. 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. Once the post is securely bonded with your bone, an abutment is placed. Then, a crown or prosthesis will be attached. Together, these parts completely restore appearance and function to a missing tooth or teeth.

Same-day dental implants in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ

Our office uses advanced technology to 3D cone beam and intraoral scanners to create digital impressions, expediting the dental implant treatment process.

Types of Dental Implants

Our oral surgeons will help select the right type of implant for your specific restoration needs. 

  • Single Tooth Replacement. One dental implant is used to replace a tooth anywhere in the mouth. This includes canine teeth, front teeth, and molars. 
  • Immediate Implants. If you need a tooth extracted, we can replace it with an implant at the same visit if you have adequate jaw bone. Combining extraction with implant placement saves you time and money. 
  • Multiple Teeth Replacement. A dental implant can support a bridge to replace several missing teeth. This eliminates the need to file down your existing teeth to fit a traditional bridge. 
  • Full-Arch Restoration. If you need a new arch of teeth, you may qualify for the Straumann® Pro Arch system. This treatment uses implants to secure a fixed prosthesis for a complete smile makeover.
Same-day dental implants in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ

By using our unique 1-2-3 implant placement methodology, we significantly reduce the time required to complete implant-based restoration.

Dental Implant Procedure 

The dental implant process usually involves one consultation visit, one surgery visit, and a follow-up visit to place your abutments. Sometimes immediate-loading implants can be used, in which case the follow-up visit will just be to ensure your implants are healing properly. At your consultation, we will take 3D scans of your mouth and help you select the right type of anesthesia for your procedure.

On the day of your oral surgery, we will first administer the anesthesia. Next, the implant posts will be placed into the empty tooth sockets. After lifting the gum tissue, your surgeon will create a small space for the titanium post. Once the implants are placed, the surgical sites will be sutured and you will rest until the anesthesia wears off. 

You will need a driver to bring you home and monitor you for 24 hours if you underwent IV sedation. It will take several months for the post to fully integrate with the jaw bone. Your dentist can often make temporary teeth for you to wear during the recovery period. Once the surgery sites have healed, your dentist will place your final crown, completing your restoration. 

Cost of Dental Implants 

The cost of receiving a dental implant will vary depending on the number of implants you need, your dental insurance, anesthesia, and if you require additional procedures. During your first visit, we will discuss each of these factors and provide you with a cost estimate. We also offer ways to finance your dental implants. 

Denture Replacement With Dental Implants

We proudly offer the Straumann Pro Arch full-arch restoration system for patients looking to replace their dentures. Removable dentures can feel uncomfortable and cause feelings of embarrassment. Plus, the cost of replacing them and having them professionally fitted every few years can add up. Without a tooth root or implant post present to stimulate the jaw bone, you are at risk of jaw bone deterioration.

Our solution to these issues is to replace a full denture with a fixed denture that is supported by dental implants. Your new arch of teeth will look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. There are no moving parts or special care regimens necessary, and you receive all the oral health benefits of dental implants. If you wear dentures and are looking for denture replacement in Tucson, AZ, contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.

Types of Anesthesia

We offer a variety of anesthesia choices to ensure a comfortable oral surgery experience.

Hear From Dental Implants Patients

These patients can tell you about their firsthand experience undergoing dental implants at our office.

Reviews From Our Dental Implants Patients

Chuck got a dental implant in Tucson, AZ
Chuck Reviews His Dental Implants Procedure

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"I’ve come to Arizona Oral Surgeons to have an extraction and implant. When I first walked into this office, I was immediately taken back by how pleasant everyone was. They greeted me as if I was an old friend, and the whole procedure went very smoothly. I had no complications; I had no pain. Dr. Coles is an extraordinary oral surgeon; he made me feel completely at ease. I had an extremely pleasant experience here. I would highly recommend Dr. Coles at AZOMS."

Madeline got a dental implant in Oro Valley, AZ
Madeline Reviews Her Dental Implants Procedure

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"One of my teeth fell out — front — and I needed to have an implant. I went to see Dr. Coles. He was very personable, very nice. When I knew I had to have surgery, yes, I was nervous, but really, it was fine — no problems — and he reassured me that everything was okay. It was nice. I was very comfortable. Overall, I would not go any place else, and I have already recommended AZOMS to other people because I don't think you can get this kind of care. I really do trust Dr. Wood and Dr. Coles. I would not go to anybody else; they're both great."

Donna had a bone graft in Tucson, AZ
Donna Reviews Her Dental Implants Procedure

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"I had multiple things going on. I have a very unusual bite, a difficult root system, multiple canals. I've always been extremely apprehensive in the chair, and it's lessened, I would say, 110% since coming to this group of people. With Dr. Coles, he listened. He's like, "No matter what, you are not going to feel any pain, or we're going to find another avenue." These guys have never strayed from being the consummate professionals that they are. It's been a great, great relationship, not only just because of the great work that Dr. Coles does but everybody in the staff. From the minute you hit the door, they treat you with respect, and it's always a very calm environment. I just appreciate the communication and just the care — it's very sincere. I have had multiple issues, I've lived in other parts of the country, and these guys I would recommend 150%."

Dottie got a dental implant in Tucson, AZ
Dottie Reviews Her Dental Implants Procedure

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"I was referred by my primary dentist when I had an old bridge break at the gum line, and so knew it had to be extracted and an implant done. Very warm welcoming; greeted very professionally. Dr. Coles was very calm, collected, explained everything, put everyone at ease. The staff is phenomenal — they are great. They always greet you by name; they greet you with a smile. They make sure that scheduling is per your schedule — they'll make adjustments. They're very pleasant on the phone. I get reminders. They're excellent to work with. I've told numerous people, "Don't go anywhere else. Come and see Dr. Coles.""

Ken got a dental implant in Oro Valley, AZ
Ken Reviews His Dental Implants Procedure

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"I had a bad tooth, and that tooth was going to leave me only four. Consequently, we decided to pull out those four teeth and put in a complete upper arrangement. I had a bone graft and four implants placed by Dr. Coles. Every single person that walked through the recovery area checked on me, wanted to know how I was, how I felt, was I doing okay. I had a wonderful experience here. Three other members of my family also come here, and they're all impressed to no end. Dr. Coles and AZOMS is number one in my opinion."

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does dental implant surgery take? 

Most single-implant procedures only last between 30 and 60 minutes. Multiple implant procedures or full-arch restorations will usually take between 1 and 3 hours.

Who is not a candidate for implants? 

Patients with periodontal disease, a suppressed immune system, or those taking certain medications may not qualify for implant placement. Schedule a visit to our office in Tucson to see if you are a candidate. 

Who places dental implants? 

Dental implant placement is a type of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedure that should be performed by an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons specialize in implant dentistry and are trained to safely administer anesthesia. Your restorative dentist will place the final crown, but the dental implant surgery itself should be performed by an oral surgeon. 

How long is recovery after dental implant surgery?

The recovery period can differ depending on your condition and the number of implants you received. Usually, patients are back to their regular schedules after just a week or two, but full chewing function will be restored after several weeks to a few months of healing.

Exceptional Outcomes From a Team You Can Trust

We’ve been caring for patients in southern Arizona for over 50 years. As board-certified experts, our surgeons bring years of training and expertise to you and your loved ones with the highest standards. Learn more about our office or contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons today to see how we can improve your oral health.