If you are looking for a tooth replacement option that looks, feels and works like the real thing, you have found it. Implants (or possibly fixed bridgework) are what we would recommend for anyone who wants to:
- Continue eating all of their favorite foods
- Maintain bone volume in the jaw
- Make oral hygiene easy again
- Get a fast solution to lost teeth or root damage
What Are Implants?
Dental implants are lifelike, low-maintenance tooth replacements. They are permanent, exceptionally stable and they blend in with other teeth.
The way it works is simple in theory, but the execution is something of a modern dental wonder. Implants use titanium or zirconia, to replace the root portion of the tooth. This provides a firm, naturally bonding anchor. On top of this fixture you get an abutment, and then a crown: essentially a replica tooth that can feel, act and look just about as real as you want.
Dental Implant Types
Every smile is unique, so there are many ways to rebuild one. To start, there are three main implant types:
- Individual implants: Great for teeth damaged or destroyed in accidents, single root issues or as a root canal alternative.
- Fixed bridges: Ideal for multiple missing teeth, can utilize both healthy teeth and artificial anchors as abutments, economical, fewer fixtures necessary in major replacements.
- Mini implants: Recommended for certain jaw structures, affordable, may be a good choice for patients with bone loss.
Within each of these categories, there is a huge amount of variety in terms of materials and techniques. For example, here are some ceramic crown options:
- Empress (leucite-reinforced)
- e.max (lithium disilicate)
- Zirconia (zirconium oxide)
You might be surprised at how versatile and strong this technique can be. For example, our All-on-4 implant replaces an entire arch with 4 fixtures. That’s 16 permanent teeth that feel and look real — with only 4 foundations.
Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of implants per tooth depends mainly on the technique and the crown material. The All-on-4 procedure would be more affordable than replacing an entire arch tooth by tooth, for example. If you live in Phoenix or plan on visiting, call us for a free consultation at 602-775-5656.
We will give you our opinion along with a transparent price and detailed, long-term plan for any treatment we recommend. There are no hidden fees and no obligations — just good information.
Do implants hurt?
Implants often cause some discomfort for a day or two after installation. The resilience of the mouth and the precision of our procedures minimizes pain. Once the implants heal and bind to the jawbone, starting at about two weeks, they should feel just like normal teeth.
How does getting implants work?
The first step would be removing problem teeth. After that, you get a fixture installed and a temporary crown. Once the fixture heals, you get a custom crown to give you the smile you want.
Is it safe to get multiple implants at once?
Yes: It is typically safe to get multiple implants at the same time. Some people get an entire arch replaced in a single appointment. The main factors are what you feel comfortable with and your general health.
Are there affordable options?
We never push the most expensive option on our patients. Even if the prices at other practices have discouraged you, we would love it if you called 602-775-5656 to schedule a free consultation.