Implant Dentistry

Implant Dentistry with Dr. Wais – Your Scottsdale Dentist

Dental Implants FAQs

What is a dental implant, and how does it work?

Dental implants are a long-term way to replace lost or damaged teeth. They have been being used in dentistry for over 30 years and offer substantial advantages over dentures and dental bridges.

The dental implants work as a substitute tooth root and are actually inserted into the jawbone providing an anchor for false teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium because it fuses well with bone. Titanium alloy screws are placed into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth’s roots. Within a few months, bone attaches to the implant. When that occurs a replacement tooth or replacement teeth are attached and you are left with a more permanent solution to lost or damaged teeth. Implants can replace individual missing teeth. They can also be used to support a removable denture.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

If you haveone or more missing teeth, or a denture that is loose or uncomfortable, and you generally have good oral health, you are likely a candidate for dental implants. A new patient consultation with Dr. Wais will allow him to determine what type of treatment is best. If you are interested in dental implants as an option, discussing your general oral health and the how the procedure works with Dr. Wais is the first step you’ll want to take. He will answer your questions and review what you can expect during and after treatment.

How long will it take?

Implant therapy typically requires several steps over a period of three months to one year, depending on your case. A conversation with your dentist is necessary to develop your individual treatment plan and the length of that plan.

How do I care for my dental implants?

One of the most appealing things about Dental Implants is the care they require. Dental implants need to be cared for just like regular teeth. Brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits, are recommended. Difficult, messy procedures are not required and the simplicity of dental implants is one of the reasons they are a popular option in dental care. If properly cared for, your dental implants can last a lifetime.

Reasons for implants:

There are many reasons to consider dental implants. Read about some of the top reasons below:

  • Dental implants look, feel, and function like healthy, natural teeth.
  • Ease of care, it’s just like caring for your natural teeth.
  • When teeth are missing, the surrounding bone begins to shrink and the jawbone changes shape; dental implants can prevent this deterioration so that your face will retain its natural shape.
  • Dental implants can be used to support a denture.
  • Dental implants restore proper chewing, allowing for a better diet and improved overall health.

What kind of dental implants do you use?

At the Scottsdale dental office, we use Straumann dental implants. Straumann is a company that continuously seeks improvement in their technology. With implants, a single tooth can be replaced without having to cut down your adjacent teeth as would have happened with a traditional bridge. They may also be used to stabilize your loose dentures by clicking a denture onto the implant and for full mouth reconstruction with implant-supported bridges. If you are missing teeth or have dentures, this may be the solution you have been seeking.

An Informative Video About Dental Implants