Dental Implants – Tucson, AZ
Replace Your Missing Teeth
If you have been bothered by your missing teeth and are unable to chew fully or are embarrassed by a gap in your smile, you owe it to yourself to learn what is possible. Initial and second opinion dental implant consultations do not obligate you to accept treatment by Dr. Jay Lopez, and these types of appointments are complimentary (free of charge).
An accomplished implant surgeon and restorative dentist, he is an active member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). Dr. Jay Lopez provides comprehensive services to replace missing teeth with dental implants in his Tucson, AZ surgical and restorative dental office. These services include the placement of implants, restoration of implants with prosthetic teeth, and any necessary soft tissue and bone grafting services.
Why Choose Jay R. Lopez, DDS, PC
for Dental Implants?
- All Dental Implant Services Performed In-House
- Treatments Enhanced by the Latest Technology
- Experienced Dentist with Advanced Training
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are special posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to support a prosthetic tooth or denture. Once an implant has integrated into the bone, through the biologic process of osseointegration, it functions as the root of a tooth and, depending on the number of implants placed, it can be used to support a single prosthetic tooth, multi-unit bridge, or even a full denture. Implants are made of medical-grade biocompatible titanium.
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Traditionally, to replace missing teeth, dentists have treated patients with bridges retained on neighboring natural teeth, removable bridges (partial dentures), and removable complete dentures. Today, implant treatment offers patients more options and multiple benefits. Implant treatment lasts a very long time. With proper home care and regular dental visits, implants might last the rest of your lifetime.
Because implants are firmly anchored in bone, the implant crown, multi-unit bridge, or denture will not slip out of place and will provide strong chewing strength. They also offer a very lifelike appearance and help maintain healthy bone by stimulating the tissue. Unlike bridges placed on natural teeth and partial dentures that are held with clasps, implant treatment does not impact adjacent healthy teeth.
Once an implant is placed to restore a missing tooth, if an adjacent tooth is lost, the existing implant can be used to support a multi-tooth restoration. Implant treatment performed by a well-trained and experienced implant dentist, like Dr. Jay Lopez, is predictably successful.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
You’ll need a healthy mouth and a strong jaw with plenty of bone tissue in order to have implants placed successfully. After the necessary preparations have been made, and we have confirmed that you are a good candidate, we’ll recommend an implant procedure based on the number of teeth missing.
Missing Single Tooth
When there’s just one gap in your smile, the math is straightforward: you’ll receive one implant to replace one tooth. Single implants eliminate the need to alter existing teeth for a dental bridge, and they provide the jawbone stimulation that would have been lost with a traditional restoration.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Are several teeth in a row missing? You may receive a dental bridge along with a pair of implants. Have you lost most or all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw? You could be eligible for implant dentures.
Thanks to his advanced education and years of experience, Dr. Lopez can perform the entire implant procedure in-house, including the surgery and the restoration. This eliminates the inconvenience and stress of having to visit (and pay) a separate specialist who might be located at the other end of town. With our state-of-the-art CBCT scanner, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands for your dental implant procedure.
All-on-X Dental Implants
The All-on-X procedure is an advanced technique for restoring an entire arch of teeth with implants. In many cases, only 4 implant posts are needed to support full dentures (hence the common name All-on-4), but more posts might be used depending on your needs. Because of the unique way that the implant posts are inserted into the jaw, you may be able to receive temporary dentures right away so that you don’t have to go toothless while waiting for your mouth to heal.
When inserting implants in the upper jaw near the back of the mouth, we’ll need to make sure that the sinus cavity won’t get in the way. In some cases, Dr. Lopez might have to perform a sinus lift to move the cavity up and away from the treatment area. This procedure also increases the amount of bone present in the upper jaw, so there’s more tissue for the implant to join with. Implant surgery will commence after you’ve fully recovered from a sinus lift, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
Once you’ve lost your teeth, the body will believe that the bone that used to support them is no longer needed and start to break it down. Implants can be used to stop bone loss, but if your jaw has already lost some of its density, you might need a bone graft before implant surgery. This procedure simply involves taking tissue from elsewhere in your body (or from a donor) and placing it in the jaw to encourage the growth of new bone.
Screw-Retained Dental Implants
Multiple missing teeth can often be replaced with a multi-unit bridge (fixed partial denture) supported by implants. In the case of an edentulous full arch (all teeth missing), a full overdenture can often be retained on a few implant posts with screw retention. With screw retention, the patient cleans their denture in place and only a dentist can remove the screws for examination and to provide clinical care as needed.
The creation of Platelet Rich Fibrin from your blood and its application by Dr. Lopez ensures faster healing and more comfort after any dental implant-related surgery. Digital Smile Design allows you to see how your smile will be transformed before treatment ever begins. Dr. Jay Lopez has many years of experience achieving aesthetic smile makeovers and full mouth restoration with implant treatment.
First Step to dental
The first step is to have Dr. Lopez evaluate your total oral health needs and health status. Implant treatment sometimes requires the enhancement of bone tissue, the removal of failing teeth, and plans to coordinate implant treatment with any additional treatment you need. Your oral exam will be thorough and include digital X-rays and Digital 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography images. Dr. Lopez will explain your options to you and fully inform you so you can make the decision that is most appropriate for you.
- Restoring missing teeth with dental implants resolves bite problems caused by teeth shifting into the missing tooth’s space and can sometimes relieve joint pain.
- They provide the opportunity for having a “fixed” prosthetic tooth, bridge, or denture that is immobile and does not have to be removed to be cleaned. This is more functionally stable and comfortable. So comfortable, you may come to think of your prosthetic teeth as your natural ones.
- Dental implants restore function for strong chewing, digestion, and clear speech. There is no slipping or discomfort. You will be able to eat all the foods you want.
- Dental implants restore a confident smile and can restore or enhance facial features.