At Desert Family Dental, we treat many patients who have lost one or more teeth, or need to have teeth extracted.
While we advocate the use of these restorations for missing teeth, and place them frequently for our patients, we understand that they may experience some problems with them.
Crowns may fall out, and dentures may lose their snug fit, resulting in a lack of stability and security. Dr. Shahin Dabestani recognizes that these problems can cause patients to lose their ability to smile confidently, and offers dental implants as a stable alternative.
Contact our Glendale, AZ dental office today to learn more about how dental implants can benefit your smile.
What Dental Implants Do
When a patient experiences a problem with a restoration, especially dentures, which can grow unstable over time, we can usually trace the cause to the deterioration of the jawbone.
Losing one or more teeth due to decay, trauma, or gum disease, causes the part of the jawbone where the teeth used to sit to lose stimulation.
The body senses this loss and redirects the calcium and other nutrients it used to send to the area off to other parts of the patient’s body.
The loss of these nutrients causes the jawbone to start shrinking, which can lead to restorations becoming uncomfortable and losing their snug fit. A shrinking jawbone can eventually cause a facial collapse, leaving the patient with hollow cheeks.
Dr. Dabestani can surgically place dental implants, tiny posts made of titanium, into the patient’s jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. The posts stimulate the bone in the jaw, keeping the essential nutrients from diverting to other parts of the body.
The biocompatible implants fuse together with the bone as they heal, in a process called osseointegration. This fusion promotes bone growth in the jaw providing a secure anchor for the implants and the restorations attached to them.
Dental Implant Candidates
Dr. Dabestani will make the final determination of whether or not you make a good candidate for dental implants, and you will begin the process by consulting with him in our office.
He will review your medical and dental history with you, as well as any medications you currently take. He will then perform a comprehensive examination of your mouth, focusing on the jawbone and gums.
Ideal candidates will have good bone density to provide a solid foundation for the implants. If the bone does not have enough density to support dental implants, the doctor may suggest that you undergo a bone graft or a sinus lift before having implants placed.
Gum tissue also plays an important role in deciding whether you qualify for implants. Ideal candidates will have an adequate amount of healthy gum tissue to aid in the healing of the implants.
Placement of Dental Implants
Placement of dental implants typically requires two surgeries. When Dr. Dabestani has decided that your jaw fills the requirements necessary to support dental implants, he will create a custom treatment plan that covers everything from anesthesia to recovery.
When you arrive at our office for your surgery, our welcoming staff will make you comfortable and begin administering your anesthesia.
Dr. Dabestani will then begin the surgical placement of the tiny titanium posts into your jawbone. Depending on the number of teeth missing and the type of restoration you will need to support, the doctor will place anywhere from one to six implants in your arch.
A full set of dentures will require up to six implants in both the upper and lower arches. When the doctor finishes placing your implants, he will provide a temporary restoration for you to wear for the next three to six months as the implants heal.
The implants will remain hidden under your gums as they heal and fuse together with the bone. You should plan to eat soft foods during the healing process to ensure the implants remain in place.
During your healing phase, Dr. Dabestani will use the impressions taken of your teeth to design your permanent restoration. He will forward the design to a U.S. based dental lab, where technicians will fabricate your new restoration.
When your implants have fully healed, you will return to our office for a second surgery. Dr. Dabestani will expose the implants from underneath your gums and attach tiny connectors called abutments to the head of each one.
He will place your new restoration and check it for proper fit and occlusion. Once he makes any necessary adjustments, the doctor will send you out into the world to share your brand new smile.
Contact us today at 623-915-9700 to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.
You can choose between several types of restorations for your dental implants, from a single crown to a full set of dentures. Each restoration has its own unique properties, with some removable and others permanently placed.
Depending upon the number of teeth you need replaced, you may receive one of the following:
- Dental Crown – For a single dental crown, you will receive one implant. Dr. Dabestani will use a strong, but gentle dental adhesive to attach the restoration permanently to the implant.
- Dental Bridge – With a traditional bridge, crowns on each side of the restoration, placed over healthy teeth, hold the new tooth or teeth in place. An implant-supported bridge negates the need for the crowns, so it requires no removal of structure from healthy teeth. Instead, Dr. Dabestani will permanently attach your new bridge to one or more dental implants, providing a secure, stable restoration.
- Partial or Complete Dentures – As the most common type of implant-supported dentures, removable dentures snap on and off of your dental implants with ease. To place these dentures, Dr. Dabestani fits an abutment to the end of each implant that will snap into an attachment on the denture. You may easily remove the denture for easy cleaning, and the implants will provide unparalleled support, eliminating wobbling and slippage.
Gaining in popularity, however, bar-retained dentures consist of a metal bar that connects to your implants and follows the curve of your jawbone. Instead of snapping directly onto your implants, the denture fits over the bar and securely attaches to it with clips.
- All-on-4® Dentures – One other option has seen a rise in popularity, even though the patient cannot remove it. Dr. Dabestani has found that All-on-4® dentures offer a solution to patients who may not qualify for traditional implant-supported dentures because of low bone density. The doctor places four implants in the front of the jaw, where the bone is naturally denser. Rather than snapping the dentures onto the implants, the doctor permanently attaches them. Only a dentist can remove these dentures once Dr. Dabestani places them. Patients who wear these dentures report that they most closely resemble having a full set of natural teeth.
How to Care for Implant-Supported Restorations
Like your natural teeth, your new restorations will require regular cleaning. Brush your teeth twice a day as normal, and floss at least once daily.
Dr. Dabestani recommends removing implant-supported dentures at night and cleaning them with a denture cleaner approved by the American Dental Association. While you have them out, you can brush your cheeks and gums, to protect the gums from disease and maintain excellent oral health.
The doctor will recommend a schedule for you to return for regular checkups, so he can monitor your implants and make sure the dentures continue to fit properly.
Call Us for a Consultation
While you have several options available for replacing missing teeth, dental implants provide the only option that protects your jawbone from deteriorating.
To learn more about implants and the benefits they provide, call our Glendale, AZ dental office (623)-915-9700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dabestani.