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Dental Implants

Implant Teeth in Tempe AZ

Dental implants provide a foundation for replacing teeth that feel and function like natural teeth.

The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence. The implants are small titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds to the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Are You Ready to Reclaim Confidence in Your Smile?

Call Tempe Office Phone Number 480-839-4550 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Fletcher.

Evaluation for Dental Implants

If you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you allow Dr. Fletcher to prepare a treatment plan for you. Dr. Fletcher will then refer you to a surgeon expert in implant placement for you to visit. There will be a need for some radiographic imaging prior to having your implants placed. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Fletcher or by the surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are metal anchors which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone and allowed to heal. Once the implants fuse to the bone we attach a metal post called an abutment on the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone.

After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Fletcher can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken for the laboratory to fabricate your customized abutments that will be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made to fit over these abutments on the implants. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months.