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Dental Implants

What you need to know

Dental implants are artificial roots, placed into the jawbone. The implants can be used as single unit anchors for replacement of one tooth, multiple missing teeth or patients missing all teeth in either jaw.

Stages consist of:
  1. Diagnosis and treatment planning with restorative dentists
  2. Implant placement
  3. Healing
  4. Placement of crowns, bridges or fixed non removable teeth for patients missing all their teeth
  5. Periodic maintenance

Doctors William and Burton Becker have been involved with implant dentistry for over 28 years. They were trained in the Swedish Branemark method, are Board Certified by the American Board of Periodontology and have a wide range of experiences with dental implants. They are members of the American Academy of Periodontology and American Academy of Osseointegration. The doctors are trained and certified in providing safe, comfortable intravenous sedation. They have published numerous studies relating to dental implants. The Beckers are recognized pioneers in removing teeth and placing implants at the same time of tooth removal, and with minimally invasive implant surgery. The Beckers were the first dentists in Arizona to provide non-removable teeth to patients missing all their teeth. This is method is known as Teeth in an Hour. Doctor Bill has presented hundreds of courses, lectures, and seminars relating to dental implants throughout the world and Doctor Burt has lectured extensively in South America.

Patient Benefits

  • Improved self esteem
  • High degree of implant predictability
  • Eliminates the need for cutting down good, healthy teeth
  • Eliminates the need for root canal treatment
  • In the Esthetic Zone implant restorations complement the adjacent teeth, look natural and function exactly as natural teeth.
  • Improved ability to eat and digest food

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as a 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. Normally they will last many years.

Four Stages are involved

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning with restorative dentist
  • Implant placement
  • Healing
  • Placement of crowns, bridges or fixed non-removable teeth for patients missing all their teeth
  • Periodic maintenance

Why Dental Implants?

Without the root structure of a natural tooth, the jawbone can shrink. This shinkage will make your face look older than it is. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. Normally it will serve the patient for years to come.

Tooth Loss

Tooth extraction is quite common due to poor dental health and gum disease. Leaving the missing tooth space empty may have the following consequences:

  • The teeth adjacent to your missing tooth can change position to fill the gap
  • The loss of your missing tooth’s root can cause your jawbone to shrink, making your face appear prematurely older.
  • A missing tooth in the front of your mouth can affect your smile and self-confidence

In many situations a dental implant is the most pleasingly esthetic solution for replacing the missing tooth. An all-ceramic dental crown or dental bridge, secured to a dental implant, provides a complete and beautiful solution for improving your smile.

Who is a Candidate?

Most people missing teeth are candidates for dental implants. The key diagnostics factor is having adequate bone to stabilize the implants. We have placed implants in patients from 17 years of age to 93 years young. We are known for having an extensive prospective database with valuable dental information, such as implant predictability for all areas of the mouth. This database allows us to not only publish articles, but to provide patients or referring doctors with predictability data for various types of implants situations.

Placement of Single Implant for Restoration of One Tooth

Placement of Multiple Implants for an Implant Bridge

This patient was unhappy with her smile and needed dentistry to improve her esthetics. The upper front teeth were replaced with an imported-supported bridge.

Placement of Multiple Implants for
Restoration of All Missing Teeth

Upgrading Your Dentures

For people missing most or all of their teeth, a denture replacement solution eliminates the need for denture adhesives and might mean a new level of comfort and ease in their life. Denture replacement solutions can make sore gums obsolete. The use of dental implants can return the look and function that your current dentures and denture adhesives probably aren’t providing.

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