Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone in order to help establish a secure foundation for prosthetic teeth. Because dental implants are secured in the jawbone by small screws, they provide the ultimate security, stability, and necessary stimulation needed in a healthy jawbone, making them an attractive choice for patients seeking a permanent solution.
Benefits of Implants
Patients who invest in dental implants are able to enjoy multiple benefits that would not be possible with traditional restorative treatments. Implants have the power to restore a person’s confidence and improve dental health significantly. For individuals who have suffered through extensive tooth loss, implant placement can be a life-changing experience.
Dental implants not only improve the aesthetic look of the smile but also restore oral functionality. Additional advantages offered by dental implants include:
- Teeth will remain secured in place
- Teeth alignment will remain
- Ability to eat, speak, and chew comfortably
- Healthier mouth
- Extremely durable and long-lasting
- Success rate of over 90%
Another key benefit of implant dentistry is how adaptable the treatment is. Whereas dentures and bridges require a certain degree of tooth loss, dental implant treatment can be personalized to each unique smile. In addition to single dental implants, our Prescott Valley dentists can strategically place multiple implants to support a partial or full arch restoration. Your options at Larson Dental include:
- Single Tooth Replacement: Ideal for patients who have lost a single tooth and would like a permanent restorative solution. This procedure has a high success rate and is not susceptible to decay – making it an attractive solution.
- Implant Supported Bridges: Used to replace more than one missing tooth, this system combines the coverage of a traditional dental bridge with the stability of dental implants. As a result, patients preserve the health of neighboring teeth that would otherwise be altered to support a traditional bridge.
- CONUS® All-on-4 Dental Implants: In cases of extensive tooth loss, and to help preserve the shape and density of the bone tissue, Dr. Larson offers CONUS® All-on-4 dental implants. The CONUS® system is ideal for patients looking for an affordable treatment solution. CONUS® comes with multiple benefits and costs significantly less than traditional “All-on-4” dental options.
Implant Care and Maintenance
Unbeknownst to many, dental implants may still be at risk for failure despite their high success rate. This can occur for a few reasons including bad dental hygiene habits, excessive biting forces, and unhealthy habits such as smoking.
Therefore, in order to avoid implant failure it’s important to keep up with good dental hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing. Additionally, visiting your Prescott Valley dentists frequently for professional cleanings will help protect your investment from future dental problems.
Learn More About The Benefits of Dental Implants
If you want a strong and beautiful smile but have missing teeth, dental implants may be right for you. Dr. Larson can give you the smile you’ve been dreaming about.
To schedule your consultation or for more information, contact us by calling (928) 772-8128 or by filling out our online contact form on this page. We’ll be happy to speak with you about your options.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are fixed titanium posts that are placed beneath the gum line – creating a firm foundation for the prosthetic tooth. Their fixed nature allows them to restore the oral and the aesthetic look of teeth.
Unlike traditional replacement treatments, dental implants are permanent, natural-looking, reliable, highly functional, and long-lasting. They also don’t require any special maintenance which means that individuals with dental implants can treat them as they would their natural teeth.
How painful is a dental implant?
Dental implants aren’t painful and there’s very little discomfort throughout the process. With the help of anesthetic and dental sedation, we can make the surgery pain-free.
While you may feel some discomfort after your surgery, this is normal because the area is healing and your implant is integrating with your jaw bone. We’ll give you comprehensive aftercare instructions to minimize your pain and reduce the risk of infections.
How long does a dental implant last?
A dental implant can last for a lifetime with proper care. The titanium implant itself is meant to last for a very long time, but the tooth-shaped crown will likely need to be replaced. The crown is durable and can last for 10 years or more.
Proper dental implant care includes brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste, flossing once daily, and visiting Larson Dental for regular checkups and cleanings every six months.
Are dental implants worth it?
Dental implants are worth it, according to our patients. Implants are the most natural tooth replacement option because you don’t have to remove them and you’ll be able to treat them just like they’re your natural teeth.
They look beautiful and can enhance your smile. You won’t have to worry about what you can and can’t eat either — they’re meant to handle it all. Best of all, dental implants also promote your oral health and help you look younger by keeping your jawbone strong.