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Dental Implants in Tucson, AZ

The Healthy, Long-Lasting Option for Restoring Teeth

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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.

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advanced 3d scan to provide digital impressions for implasnt surgery with Arizona Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Our office uses advanced technology to 3D cone beam and intraoral scanners to create digital impressions, expediting the dental implant treatment process.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option for patients who are healthy 
enough to undergo outpatient dental procedures. Unlike more traditional tooth replacement 
options, dental implants restore both looks and full functionality to your teeth. They offer 
many benefits, including:

Beautiful Results

The crown of your implant is custom-made to match the size and color of your other teeth for natural-looking results.

Long-Term Replacement

The post fuses to the jaw bone to become a stable part of your smile. With proper care and good oral hygiene, your implants can last a lifetime.

Prevent Bone Loss

Similar to a tooth root, the post stimulates the jaw bone. This keeps the bone healthy and prevents jaw bone atrophy commonly associated with tooth loss.

Eat Comfortably

Unlike dentures, your implants stay in your mouth during meals and brushing. Because of their solid foundation, you can bite and chew your favorite foods comfortably.

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.

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

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.
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Reviews From Our Dental Implants Patients

Meet JosephJamuary 2018

Joseph Reviews His Dental Implants Procedure Watch Review

"I had a tooth extracted, and I came here to Dr. Wood to have an implant. He explained all the procedures that are going to be done. They treat you with courtesy, they take care of you, and they want you to be happy. The surgery was a success. It was easy to go through the situation. This is probably one of the best experiences I've had, and I would tell you the staff and everybody here is very helpful. I recommend Dr. Wood because he does a good job."

Meet MadelineSeptember 2017

Madeline Reviews Her Dental Implants Procedure Watch Review

"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."

Meet KenJuly 2017

Ken Reviews His Dental Implants Procedure Watch Review

"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."

Meet LyndaApril 2016

Lynda Reviews Her Dental Implants Procedure Watch Review

"If I had a choice of going through delivery again of a child, I'd rather do that than go to the dentist and have a tooth pulled or have an implant. I was scared. I probably drove Dr. Coles crazy. I had seen him twice, and he went step by step exactly what he was going to do, and I finally felt comfortable, and the biggest thing was trust. It went really, really well, and I've had another one, and I'm probably going to have to have more in the future. And I wouldn't hesitate. Everything that Dr. Coles does — because I was scared when I had to come back — step by step, "This is what I'm going to do; this is how it's going to feel," and I couldn't have asked for anything more. He just puts you really, really at ease. Some of my friends, after I had the implant, I told them all about it, and I told them there's nothing to fear, and if they need an implant, I would go ahead and definitely come to Arizona Oral Surgery."

Meet NormaApril 2016

Norma Reviews Her Dental Implants Procedure Watch Review

"I had a missing tooth, and then I had another big crown on the other side, so Dr. Coles decided, why don't we just take that tooth out and just put two nice implants in there. I was a bit nervous because I don't do well with pain. I've had other surgeries before, and I said, "Oh wow, another surgery." But it turned out to be not so bad after all. Dr. Coles is a very friendly, outgoing doctor. He just made the procedure go nice and smooth because he's very down-to-earth, and he made me feel very comfortable when I came to see him. Now I have two lovely molars in there, and I don't have any gaps in my mouth, and it's nice to chew, and I'm able to eat everything now, so I'm quite happy with the end result. They feel like my natural teeth and look like my natural teeth. I would definitely recommend, and I have sent patients out to them from Casa Grande to come and see them — it's worth the drive. It's been an awesome experience, and if I ever do need implants again, I will definitely come back."

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.

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