The problems caused by missing teeth run much deeper than the aesthetic impact to your smile. Your neighboring teeth may shift to fill in the gaps, resulting in bite alignment issues. In addition, you may experience jawbone deterioration if your teeth aren’t replaced. Over time, this could result in additional tooth loss. For these reasons, it is crucial that you visit Dr. Wilcox to have missing teeth replaced as soon as possible. Implant dentistry is the most effective tooth replacement option available. It is the only solution that replaces both your missing tooth and root. This provides you with your most stable and permanent replacement option. However, implant dentistry isn’t necessarily the right option for everyone. During your initial consultation at our Glendale implant dentist will evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums to determine whether dental implants are a good solution for you. One of the most important criteria is whether you have sufficient bone density to accommodate the dental implant. If not, Dr. Wilcox may be able to perform a bone graft to allow you to move forward with the procedure. In addition, Dr. Wilcox will check to make sure you have healthy gums. If you have gum disease, you may need to undergo treatment before you can be considered a good candidate for implant dentistry. If your gum disease cannot be controlled, you may need to consider other tooth replacement options. There are a few other factors you should consider when deciding whether implant dentistry is the right option for you:

  • Are you prepared to commit the extensive time necessary to complete the dental implant process? It can take up to 6 months for your procedure to be completed.
  • Dental implants are more expensive than other tooth replacement options. Does the cost of the procedure fit your budget?

If implant dentistry isn’t the best option for you, Dr. Wilcox may recommend other solutions such as dental bridges or dentures. If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Wilcox serves patients in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas of Arizona.

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