About 500,000 people each year get dental implants to replace a single missing tooth or several. At Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry in Casa Grande, Arizona, dentists Jeffrey Mitchell, DDS, and David Crosby, DMD, and their team restore your full smile with permanent, durable dental implants. If you’ve recently lost one or several teeth and want to feel like you have a full mouth again, call Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry for your implant consultation or book online today.
Dental Implants Q & A
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are appliances surgically placed into your jawbone to hold in your new and improved false teeth (crowns). The team at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry refers you to a specialist for the placement surgery, but they custom-make the crowns and ensure that your implants integrate into your jaw bone and feel comfortable while they hold your new teeth.
The crown is custom-made to match the color, size, and shape of the rest of your natural teeth. It’s then attached to a piece called an abutment that screws into the implant within your jaw.
You can get a single implant for just one tooth or to replace several with implant-supported bridges. In some cases, you can use implants to support a full row of dentures.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Compared to other types of replacement teeth, dental implants offer a clear advantage to many patients: They’re the most permanent type of tooth replacement available.
Other benefits of dental implants include:
- Restoration of your ability to chew
- Restoration of your ability to speak
- Even distribution of your bite force
- Feel just like your natural teeth
- They don’t rely on or compromise your other teeth
Some patients are scared off by the long process required for getting implants. Your surgeries and office visits span several months, and your dentist can give you a good idea of how long it will take. However, most implant patients agree that the many benefits are worth the lengthy treatment time.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
The team at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry will consider you a candidate for dental implants if you:
- Are in good oral health
- Are generally healthy
- Have plenty of healthy jaw bone
- Are committed to practicing oral hygiene
- Aren’t pregnant
- Don’t grind your teeth
At your consultation, you’ll answer questions about your habits, hygiene, and health. If implants aren’t the best option for your case, your dentist can tell you if you need to make changes to become a candidate or guide you to other restorative options.
To see if you’re a candidate to begin the process of getting permanent dental implants, call Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry for a consultation or book online today.