If you have missing teeth, dental implants are an excellent way of restoring full functionality to your smile. They are durable, natural-looking, and long-lasting, allowing patients to eat and speak normally again. However, the many benefits of dental implants do require an investment of time on your part. Placing dental implants involves fusing an artificial tooth root to your existing jawbone. This fusion process is the lengthiest portion of the dental implant procedure.
After surgically placing your dental implant roots, Dr. Wilcox will monitor the fusion process, called osseointegration, to ensure your jawbone tissue is growing to accommodate your dental implant. The exact length of this process will vary from patient to patient, but it generally takes up to 6 months. Once osseointegration is complete, Dr. Wilcox will then attach your replacement tooth – a porcelain crown – to your dental implant.
Implant dentistry may be a lengthy process, but the advantages are well worth the investment. Dental implants have a 98% success rate, providing patients with a complete set of strong, functional teeth again. If you want to restore the smile you once had, dental implants can give you a new lease on life and a new confidence in your appearance.
To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with experienced Glendale implant dentist Dr. David Wilcox. Desert Smiles serves patients in the Glendale, Phoenix, and Scottsdale areas of Arizona.