A dental implant is an artificial tooth root supporting a prosthetic tooth. The implant is made of titanium and looks like a screw. The prosthetic tooth may be a tooth crown, dentures or a dental bridge, depending on your tooth replacement needs.
Dental implants work by being secured into your jawbone. At Desert Smiles, Dr. Donald Wilcox uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to create a map of your teeth and jaws. Using this data, Dr. Wilcox can place the dental implant in your jawbone with great accuracy.
After the artificial root is placed, the next step in the dental implant process requires four to six months, in which the implant and your jawbone fuse and grow together. Then, the tooth crown or other tooth replacement is attached to the dental implant.
When successful, a dental implant works like a real tooth – and dental implants have a success rate around 98 percent. A primary advantage of a dental implant is that the artificial root promotes the health of your jawbone just like a real tooth root does; when implants are not used, jaw bone can begin to deteriorate, leading to a collapsed facial appearance. Also like a real tooth, a dental implant provides a secure surface for chewing and speaking, as well as a natural smile appearance.
To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants in Glendale, Arizona and the surrounding areas, please contact Dr. Donald Wilcox, D.D.S., to schedule a free implant consultation at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry.