Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious and keep you from smiling. Left untreated, gaps can cause discomfort and lead to other oral health concerns.
At Guaranteed Dental Solutions in Phoenix, AZ, we offer dental implants, an unparalleled treatment option for missing teeth that can provide lasting strength and stability.
So why should you consider dental implants?
Let's explore how implants work...
If You Have Lost One or More Teeth, You Are Not Alone
So what can dental implants treat?
Dental Implants Can Halt Bone Loss
Natural tooth roots are constantly stimulating the surrounding jaw tissue, sending signals to the brain. This process ensures that resources like vitamins and minerals are sent to the jaw to maintain healthy tissue.
When we lose teeth, these signals disappear and the jawbone no longer receives the resources it needs. By replacing tooth roots and teeth, implant-supported restorations stimulate the jaw and prevent tissue shrinkage, protecting the overall health of your jaw.
Wondering whether you qualify for implants at our Phoenix office?
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Precise & Highly Personalized Planning
The first important step in the dental implant process is proper imagining. You need a detailed “road map” to ensure that your implants enjoy a high success rate.
In implant dentistry, this is a cone beam computerized tomograph. For short, this may be called a CBCT, or CT. This CBCT allows the optimally sized implant to be placed and is a step that cannot be overlooked or bypassed. It is an absolute necessity. Once you have your road map, your surgeon can plan the placement of your implant.
In some instances, a laboratory fabricated guide will be necessary. Depending on your available bone, you may also need a bone graft. These are both things that will be elucidated in your CBCT.
Thanks to the advanced imaging technology at our Phoenix office, we are able to thoroughly plan your surgery for the best possible results.
The dental implant treatment process can span several months...
What to Expect: from Start to Finish
Your dentist tells you that you need a dental implant. You are confused as to what this is. What are the basics? You need to be an informed dental consumer. You need to know the procedure every step of the way before you begin.
First of all, a dental implant is a titanium screw that replaces a tooth root, nothing more, nothing less. What is done with this is up to you and your dentist. With proper treatment planning and placement, you can have the best single implant or multiple implants in Arizona.
Next, with the CBCT information and a comprehensive medical and dental history, a treatment plan with timing can be developed. A patient’s health can adversely affect the treatment sequencing of dental implants and their subsequent restoration.
Now, you are ready for implant placement at our Phoenix office. On the day of placement, many single dental implants may be placed just like fillings under local anesthesia. If you are having multiple implants placed, you may want to consider some light sedation. You may want to consider the sedation just because the procedure will take longer and you will be there for a longer period of time.
You will then begin the process of osseointegration, during which your implant will fuse with the surrounding bone tissue and develop a strong, sturdy foundation. After your implant or implants have healed for an adequate period of time during a recovery period, they are ready to be restored. A single tooth will receive a single crown and look just like original equipment. Multiple implants have a myriad of options.
Once you are healed from implant surgery, you will come back to one of our Phoenix dental offices to receive your abutments. These specially designed anchors connect your implant posts to your new restorations. After this minor procedure, you will need a few days for your gum tissue to heal before you receive your restoration.
If you have many implants in a row, you can restore them as individual teeth, just like single units. If they are spaced apart, you can restore them like a traditional bridge. If they are spread apart across a jaw that has no teeth, they can be used to hold in a denture or a partial. And in most cases, you can keep them healthy with simple brushing and flossing.
There are special attachments that have been developed just for dental implants to hold in dentures and partial dentures. Better yet, if you don’t want to take your denture in and out every day, you can screw that denture down to your implants or have a single bridge or a series of bridges that span a jaw that was once completely without teeth.
We take several measures to help you enjoy a safe, comfortable, and successful recovery...
Instructions for Your Recovery from Implant Surgery
Following dental implant surgery, it will take about four to six months to fully heal. Knowing what to expect during your dental implant recovery and following certain guidelines in the days and weeks immediately following the procedure can ensure your safety and comfort. Dr. Pourshirazi and our Phoenix team will provide you with detailed instructions regarding precautions you should take and when you should contact us with concerns.
Immediately after Surgery
For the first hour after your dental implant procedure at our Phoenix office, you will need to continuously bite down on gauze that has been placed over the treatment area. Exerting a slight but consistent pressure will help to control bleeding. If you need to replace the gauze Dr. Pourshirazi has provided, it should be moistened and replaced every 30 to 45 minutes until the bleeding stops. Depending on the type of sedation you received, you may also need a loved one to drive you home.
The First Few Days
It is normal to experience some discomfort for a few days following surgery, including:
- Sore throat
- Dry lips
- Stiff jaw muscles
Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication can be used to help provide relief. Typically, patients can return to work within two to three days.
When to Notify Your Doctor
There are several signs that you may be experiencing a complication, such as infection. Watch for:
- Persistent bleeding for more than 48 hours
- Severe swelling
- Worsening fever after 24 hours
- Excessive pain that cannot be controlled by medication
In the case of any of these symptoms, you should notify us as soon as possible.
During the initial recovery period, there are some precautions that should be taken to promote proper healing, such as:
It is important to ensure that you are well nourished after your procedure at our Phoenix office. However, there are certain dietary guidelines that you should follow to protect the surgical site. We often recommend that patients maintain a soft food diet for a few days. You should also avoid using a straw (which can dislodge blood clots) or eating foods such as popcorn or strawberries, which contain small seeds.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
You can maintain your oral hygiene routine, however, it is crucial that you are cautious when brushing near your dental implants. You can also use salt water rinses a few times throughout the day to help keep the area free of debris. Once your implants have healed, though, you can maintain them with a normal brushing and flossing routine.
Typically, dental implant patients can return to work within two to three days.
You should focus on resting and minimize strenuous activities for the first few days. You can typically resume moderate exercise about four days after your procedure. We highly recommend that you also avoid smoking during the entire healing period. Smoking can significantly increase your risk of complications.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
A healthy smile is one of the first and most important things we notice about a person. Consequently, this often makes missing teeth all the more noticeable. Dental implants are one of the most viable replacements available for your teeth. The benefits of dental implants are numerous: they look and function like normal teeth, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak with complete ease, while also stimulating the growth of jawbone tissue.
Benefitting Your Oral Health
When we lose our teeth, we also lose the regenerative signals that our tooth roots send to the jaw. When these signals stop, bone recession begins. The shape of your face will often change dramatically as your jawbone weakens. Implants are unique in that they replace both the tooth and its root so that the jaw receives restorative signals once more.
As a result, implants are often recommended over restorative options like dental crowns because they can:
- Promote healthy tissue regeneration
- Prevent jawbone atrophy and structural changes in the face
- Protect surrounding teeth from shifting out of alignment
Most patients notice a considerable improvement in their oral health after receiving implants.
Providing Stability and Comfort
Dentures can easily slip while you eat or talk, creating uncomfortable sores, speech impediments, and awkward social interactions. Because implant-supported restorations are securely attached to your jawbone, you can enjoy all your favorite foods and activities without worry of your restoration shifting out of place.
While dental bridges and dentures typically last about 10 years, dental implants are permanently attached to your bone and can last a lifetime with proper care. Implants are made from titanium, a durable and biocompatible material designed to securely bond with your soft and hard tissues. With your implant-supported restoration in place, you can enjoy restored dental function and realistic results.
Easy care makes it much easier to reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
Easy to Clean and Maintain
Dental implants are designed to function just like your natural teeth. Therefore, you can care for them in the same manner. Easy care makes it much easier to reduce the risk of periodontal disease, which is a bacterial infection and inflammatory disease that can lead to gum loss and other conditions such as heart attacks and diabetes.
Be sure to brush your teeth and implant-supported restoration at least twice a day. It is recommended that you floss daily, paying close attention to the base of the restoration. You may want to invest in a specialized water flosser to prevent food and debris from collecting.
Improving Smile Aesthetics
An implant-supported restoration from our Phoenix team is fashioned from realistic materials intended to match the natural aesthetics of your smile. They are designed to:
- Fit tightly against the gums and nearby teeth
- Blend in with your smile
- Prevent facial sagging
- Improve speech
- Match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth
With your customized dental implant restoration in place, you can once again laugh freely, eat your favorite foods, and take greater confidence in your smile.
Dental Implants Are an Investment in Your Long-Term Oral Health
Dental implants are an incredible investment in the future of your oral health. Implant-supported restorations provide long-term protection for your jaw, as well as an appearance and function that cannot be compared to other treatment options. With single tooth replacement starting at $1,995, Dr. Pourshirazi strives to establish a fair dental implant cost structure that also offers our Phoenix-area patients exceptional value.
Dental Implant Pricing
We believe that high-quality oral health care should be accessible to every patient, including those in need o dental implants. Baseline costs include:
- Single Tooth Replacement
- Starting at $1,995, patients can replace a single tooth with an implant-supported dental crown.
- Snap-On Denture
- Patients can receive a removable snap-on-denture with pricing starting at $3,995.
- All-on-4 Implant Technique
- Dr. Pourshirazi can provide implants using the advanced All-on-4 technique, with treatment starting at $14,995.
It is important to note that each patient’s treatment cost will be different depending on a variety of factors.
Factors Impacting the Cost of Your Implants
During a consultation, we can discuss aspects that will impact your overall expenses. These considerations include:
- Method of sedation
- Type of restoration required
- Number of implants needed
- Implant technique
- Preliminary procedures
Dr. Pourshirazi will discuss all the treatment options available to you so that you can make an informed decision.
We believe that every patient should have the opportunity to receive the best possible solution for their needs. While dental implants are not typically covered by insurance, you should not forgo this invaluable treatment solely based on your financial situation.
We believe that high-quality oral health care should be accessible to every patient, so we strive to keep pricing fair and accept financing.
When you choose Guaranteed Dental Solutions in Phoenix, you can apply for financing through CareCredit® or Springstone®. Both lenders can cover the up-front cost of your dental implant care and provide convenient monthly repayment options. Depending on the specifics of your plan, you can pay off the procedure over several months or even years.
Minimizing Cost, Maximizing Quality
As a patient-based practice, we have designed all our services with your best interests in mind.
Every aspect of your dental implant care will be performed by Dr. Pourshirazi and his team. Handling both the surgical portion of your treatment and implant restoration alleviates the need for you to coordinate with more than one office. It also ensures greater control for a consistent level of care.
Our Fully Equipped Lab
We have established an on-site dental lab that is equipped with the latest technology for creating your restoration. This allows us to minimize costs that would result from using an external lab. It also allows us to create precisely customized dental crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Why Choosing the Right Dental Implant Dentist is Important
A significant amount of time and planning may go into your decision whether to improve your smile with dental implants. It is essential that you put the same thought into choosing an implant dentist, as well. A reliable, patient-centric dentist will not only greatly impact a patient’s long-term oral health, but can also lower the risk of complications while offering high-quality, long-lasting results.
At Guaranteed Dental Solutions, you will find an educated team of dental professionals dedicated to your safety and oral health. Dr. Pourshirazi completed his Masters in Oral Implantology at Goethe University and continues to educate himself about the latest developments in dental implantology.
Four Key Factors to Consider When Choosing an Implant Dentist
The following are factors that patients should look for when choosing a dental implant dentist:
What Is the Dentist’s Level of Experience?
It is important to note that any general dentist can call themselves an implant dentist and offer dental implant surgery. This creates challenges for patients who are looking for dentists with the skills and credentials needed to perform precise and safe implant surgery. Choosing a doctor with the best credentials is crucial for increased precision and better treatment recommendations. An educated and experienced dentist is more likely to have familiarity with dental implant techniques that increase comfort levels and ensure efficiency than a dentist who lacks implant credentials.
Dr. Pourshirazi completed his Masters of Oral Implantology at the prestigious Goethe University in Germany after graduating from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, with a degree in Biology. He also earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He has made it his life work to master the skills necessary to perform countless successful dental implant surgeries.
What Type of Sedation Options Are Provided?
We understand that oral surgery is often a stressful experience for patients. Calming your nerves while ensuring your absolute comfort is a priority for us at Guaranteed Dental Solutions. In addition to local anesthesia, we provide oral conscious sedation and IV conscious sedation.
Do They Offer the Latest Dental Technology?
We use a state-of-the-art 3-D cone beam scanner to select the most ideal location for dental implants. This accuracy improves implant longevity, which means greater value for the patient. Precise implant location can also reduce the chance of implant failure and other complications.
Our advanced technology assists us in developing an individualized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs in order to provide desired outcomes. With it, we will include an approximate time estimate for the length of your treatment.
Is Financing Available?
While some insurance companies will cover implant procedures or a portion of the treatment plan, that is not always the case. Our knowledgeable insurance experts will review your plan in order to maximize your benefits. We are proud to offer CareCredit® or Springstone® to provide affordable monthly payment plans designed to fit your budget so you can receive the dental care you so desperately need.
Dr. Ehsan Pourshirazi
- A state-of-the-art on-site lab
- Oral conscious and intravenous (IV) sedation available
- Two convenient locations
For more information about our services, contact us online or call (480) 477-3090 today.