Are Dental Implants Right for You?
By Christopher B. McFarland, DDS, PLLC
November 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

What's the best tooth replacement option? If you answered "dental implants," you are correct. Dental implants placed by Tucson dentist, Dr. Christopher McFarland, replicate natural teeth in every way--form, oral function and feel, too. If you've suffered tooth loss or anticipate extractions, dental implants could help you regain your smile.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth. Anchored by a titanium root inserted into the jaw, the implant has a metal alloy abutment and true-to-life porcelain crown. Implants feature such a high success rate (around 95 percent) that nearly three million Americans currently have them, says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Why do dental implants work so well?

The secret lies in what science calls osseointegration. This bonding process happens when Dr. McFarland places the titanium root into his patient's jaw bone. This simple, one-visit procedure begins osseointegration and the strong attachment human bone has for titanium metal. Bit by bit, the jaw bone adheres to the implant device.

Over several weeks and months, a bond forms and actually increases the jaw bone in size and width. Other tooth replacement options, such as fixed bridgework or partial dentures, cannot claim this ability.

Is a dental implant right for you?

If you're healthy and have enough bone in your jaw, you're likely a candidate for this amazing restorative treatment. Dr. McFarland will look at your teeth and gums carefully and take a special scan and X-rays to be sure your bone is strong. If it is, you'll undergo implant placement right in the office with the benefit of local anesthetic. Once your dentist places the implant, he'll send you home to heal and to allow osseointegration to happen.

In a few months, you'll return for final placement of the extension post and crown. Replacement of multiple teeth involves placement of several implants strategically positioned to bear the load of bridgework or a denture.

Care tips

Caring for dental implants is simple. Just:

  • Brush twice a day according to American Dental Association guidelines
  • Floss daily to remove bacteria-filled plaque
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • See Dr. McFarland twice a year for a hygienic cleaning and check-up

Learn more

You can have a functional and pleasing smile when Dr. Christopher McFarland completes it with state-of-the-art dental implants. Start the process today by calling the office for an appointment: (520) 298-4270.