Dental Implants

Dental Implants Specialist
If you’ve lost a permanent tooth, a dental implant is an effective prosthetic option. An implant gives your jaw a natural appearance and supports your overall dental health. Erik Unger, DDS, offers dental implants to people in and around Glendale, Arizona, at Happy Valley Smiles Dentistry. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn about dental implants and whether they are the best option to replace your missing teeth.

Dental Implants Q & A

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are natural-looking prosthetic teeth that offer a variety of benefits. Dental implants are designed to mimic a natural tooth with a titanium root and a crown that is usually made from porcelain to replace the visible part of your tooth.

Dental implant posts are made of titanium because of the metal’s biocompatibility. Titanium is widely used in medical prosthetics, including joint replacements. The titanium bonds with your jaw, offering stimulation and promoting bone health in your jaw.

Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement treatment because they look natural, offer additional dental health benefits, and are easy to take care of.

How are dental implants installed?

Dental implant installation usually takes just a few visits.

During the first visit, Dr. Unger examines your mouth and jaw to make sure they are strong enough to support the implant. If so, Dr. Unger begins by placing the titanium post in your jaw. Then you wait a few weeks while the post bonds with your jaw and your gums heal.

At your second visit, Dr. Unger fits an abutment to the post and makes a mold of your mouth so a permanent crown can be custom made to fit in with your remaining natural teeth. He fits you with a temporary crown while your permanent crown is made.

At your final visit, Dr, Unger fits your permanent crown. He checks your bite and alignment before polishing the crown until it shines like a natural tooth.

After your installation is complete, you attend one last follow-up appointment for Dr. Unger to check that you are getting used to your implant and that your teeth and gums are healthy.

How do I take care of dental implants?

You take care of dental implants just like you take care of your natural teeth. You brush and floss daily and attend regular dental appointments. While the dental implant isn’t susceptible to decay, your remaining natural teeth and gums still need professional dental attention.

If you have lost a tooth or teeth, call or make an appointment online today to talk to Dr. Unger about dental implants and whether they are right for you.

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