Replacing a missing tooth is vital to regaining a complete smile and optimal oral health. Look no further than Dr. Ryan Tuinstra and the High Country Family Dentistry team if you seek exceptional dental implants in Flagstaff, AZ. Using advanced dental technology; Dr. Ryan Tuinstra creates a personalized treatment plan and delivers single and full arch dental implants. Dr. Ryan Tuinstra's advanced training and credentials, combined with his passion and expertise in placing dental implants, make our practice an ideal choice for patients with missing teeth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are specifically designed to replace a missing tooth completely. When a tooth goes missing, you are left with a space that may make you feel uncomfortable with your smile. There were only two tooth replacement options in the past, namely a partial denture or a bridge. Dental implants are permanent, and you can experience the benefits of a comfortable and durable dental restoration.
Why Do You Need a Dental Implant?
The most common reason for undertaking a dental implant process is to replace a missing tooth. Implant placement does not involve drilling or filing of neighboring teeth and helps maintain the integrity of your natural smile. Additionally, implants ensure a comfortable fit, unlike dentures. Implant-supported dentures keep your plates in place throughout the day without the need for messy adhesives.
What Makes You a Candidate for a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are surgically placed in the missing socket of the jawbone. Due to this, a candidate needs to have solid bone density and the ability to heal fully and properly. Patients with insufficient bone density or autoimmune diseases may not be eligible for the implants. A consultation with Dr. Ryan Tuinstra, X-Rays, and scans will help us determine your suitability for the procedure.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is a minimally invasive process. First, the area will receive an anesthetic to make you comfortable throughout the procedure. A small incision is drilled into the gums, and the implant restoration is placed. The incision is closed, and a retainer may be utilized to keep the implant firmly in position. The implant takes between four to six months to heal, during which it will graft with the soft tissues of the jawbone. Once healed, you will have to come back to our office to have a dental crown made and placed on top of the dental implant. Implants are intended to last a lifetime due to the durability and strength of the titanium material used.
If you want an implant placed, visit our office, High Country Family Dentistry, at 504 N Humphreys St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. You can also reach us at (928) 779-3666.