Phoenix Dental Implants - Douglas Benting, DDS
The circumstances that lead to a patient missing one or more teeth can be different for everyone. However, the technological advancements related to dental implants have significantly improved the treatment options available for patients who are missing teeth. Phoenix implant dentist Dr. Douglas G. Benting was "Phoenix Magazines Top Dentist" 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 – named Top 10 Prosthodontist in the Valley. With intensive study in the areas of aesthetic dentistry, dental implants, full-mouth reconstruction, teeth replacement, complete and partial dentures and much more. Dr. Benting is proud to offer dental implants to patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Gilbert and beyond.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Why dental implants?
The advantages of using dental implants to replace missing teeth include the following:
- 1. Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. Dental implants help to maintain and retain the supporting jaw bone that would otherwise shrink away, thus maintaining the facial structure and preventing a sunken-in appearance to the face.
2. Using dental implants to support a denture prevents the denture from moving on the gum tissues and provides an extremely stable anchor for dentures allowing for improved chewing capacity and function.
3. Placing dental implants rather than placing a traditional bridge prevents having to remove healthy tooth structure on adjacent teeth used to support the bridge.
4. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants helps to distribute the forces of chewing so that the remaining natural teeth are not weakened by taking the brunt of the chewing load.
How much do dental implants cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain an accurate fee estimate, it is necessary to have a complete examination of your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, Dr. Benting will be able to recommend the best treatment options available for you.
Who is a Candidate?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth may be a candidate for dental implants. One significant factor when considering dental implants is the presence of an adequate amount of healthy bone available in the site where the implants will be placed. The use of 3-dimensional images allow for the best assessment of the bone levels when planning for dental implant placement.
The most critical factor in the success of dental implant supported restorations relates to the healing potential of the natural structures following the procedure. Uncontrolled diabetes, history of radiation of the head and neck area, and hypothyroidism will limit the healing potential and therefore alter the anticipated success of dental implant therapy. Success rates for patients who smoke have been shown to be 10% lower than healthy non-smokers due to a diminished healing capacity. When a concern arises regarding the healing potential, the time between the placement of the dental implant and the placement of the definitive restoration may be extended in order to provide the greatest opportunity for success.
Is age a concern when placing dental implants?
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to have dental implants placed. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. Dr. Benting will be able to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
Will my new teeth look natural?
Dental implant-supported restorations look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. The most common feedback from dental patients who have implant supported restorations is that they experience increased confidence, especially in social situations. They describe the ability to speak and eat freely without concern that their teeth may come loose, and they enjoy the comfort of making choices from the entire restaurant menu rather than having to exclude certain foods.
How much time is required for a dental implant placement?
Advanced technologies in dentistry allow for dental implant placement to be completed in a single appointment. Following implant placement, a period of three to six months is required to allow for proper healing and integration of the dental implant with the surrounding jawbone. During the healing period, your are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent restoration is put in place. The overall treatment time depends on several factors, such as your response to surgery and healing potential, the number of teeth involved, and the type of dental implant supported restoration to be constructed.
How will I feel after the treatment?
As with any surgery, there can be some post-operative discomfort. Anesthesia is administered to reduce any discomfort during the dental implant placement process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Dr. Benting will prescribe medications to ease you through any post-operative discomfort that may occur.
How will I care for my dental implants?
Your dental implant restorations must be cared for and checked regularly, similar to what is required for natural teeth, to ensure their longevity. Home care instructions and a routine maintenance schedule will be customized for your individual needs and recommended by Dr. Benting.