We understand that missing teeth can cause as much psychological damage as physical, driving many patients to seek solutions that not only reestablish lost function but lost aesthetics as well.
As renowned experts in placing dental implants, our doctors, led by Dr. Jerry Burns, have placed thousands of implants over the 20 years in the dental field. Our proven results are backed by the latest technology and surgical skill ensuring functionality and a beautiful smile. Schedule your free consultation today at either location in Arizona or Sun City West, AZ.
Just as you as an individual have unique needs, Burns Dentistry recognize that your teeth do as well.
Your dental implants created by Sun City’s experienced dentists will be customized for the best cosmetic and functional results and take into account such factors as the natural shade of your surrounding teeth, the size of the teeth adjacent to where the implant will be, the size, shape and position of your jaw bones and the general health of the tissues and gum in your mouth.
In addition to these local factors, the general health status of each individual will also affect how healthy the tissues in the mouth will be. Certain health concerns such as gum disease, osteoporosis (a condition of generalized lower bone density that results in weak bones) or heavy smoking can predispose to relatively weaker gums, mucuous membrane and jaw bone.
Individuals with these health concerns may require pre-implantation procedures to optimize the surrounding tissues to structurally support the implant, such as gingival or bone grafting. By anticipating and reducing risks of potential issues in the planning stage itself, our dentists strive to increase the chance of successful long term implantation. After a thorough clinical examination, we use technology to further plan the procedure.
We begin by using the latest imaging technology to conveniently capture detailed, 3D images of your mouth. We consider your bone density, the location of the nerves in your jawbone and the exact dimensions of your jaw. Using computer-guided implant placement software a detailed map is created to identify the ideal location, depth and angle to place your dental implant in order to ensure long-term stability.
The procedure of placing a single dental implant can be done as a day care procedure, where you arrive the morning of and can go home the same afternoon. Local anaesthetic is usually given, though that is a decision that can be discussed with your dentist. Multiple implants may require a few hours time or different sittings to complete.
The most common type of dental implant is endosteal or endosseous, which is anchored securely into the jawbone. Each dental implant consists of three parts: the post, the crown and the abutment that connects them. The post is the bottommost part of the implant that is screwed in below the gum line and directly into the jaw bone. Posts are usually made of titanium as this is the strongest and safest element for permanent implantation, with the valued property of being resistant to corrosion and impermeable to water and other chemicals.
Titanium also helps facilitate the process of osseointegration, whereby the post part of the implant will become integrated into the bone to provide a secure base for the implant. Working with a skilled surgical specialist, each post is surgically placed into your jaw inspiring new bone growth and offering unrivaled tooth replacement stability. Above the post is the abutment which connects the implant to the post and is placed above the gumline. This attachment sits on top of the post and provides a support for the tooth shaped implant (the crown) to sit.
The abutment can be made of different elements such as titanium, zirconia or even cast gold. The element that best suits you will be determined by your dentist prior to the procedure. The last and most important part of the implant is the visible crown that is crafted to resemble surrounding teeth in both shape and size. This serves cosmetic as well as functional purpose, as you will be able to smile, speak and chew food without any difficulty - all while having your smile restored!
In the initial postoperative period, it is better to have liquids and soft foods to allow for proper healing. With regular maintenance, our Sun City dentists ensure long lasting and effective results for your dental implants.
At-home care consists of regular twice a day brushing and daily flossing as well as regular checkups and xrays, to be scheduled by your dentists. Impeccable oral hygiene is essential to ensure successful implantation and prevent infection, called as peri-implantitis. Dental implants placed by Sun City dentists can last as long as 30 years when maintained properly.
In certain cases where the general health status of the individual is complicated by long standing conditions and the area surrounding the implant becomes infected in a condition known as peri-implantitis. If this occurs, treatment options can range from a simple course of antibiotics to surgical cleansing of the wound and implant replacement.
The procedure for dental implants in Sun City is planned extensively from the beginning to prevent complications such as peri-implantitis from occurring. The initial examination identifies potential health risks such as smoking and diabetes up front so that we can take steps to optimize tissues for successful implantation.
If it does happen that your dental implant becomes chipped or in any need of repair, there is no need to worry. It is possible to restore dental implants. With experience restoring thousands of dental implants, our doctors use in-house same-day CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration Esthetic Ceramics) technology to design each unique crown.
These restorations are made from durable ceramic to match your smile and individual facial features. You can leave our office the same-day with an even bite and tooth replacement that looks and feels natural. If there is extensive damage to the implant or in situations where it is better for the implant to be replaced altogether, your Sun City dentist will discuss with you to determine the best option for you.
With a fully trained dental team and an inhouse lab to deliver every type of dental procedure, we are fully equipped to customize an exact plan for you and your mouth. At Burns Dentistry, we know that every patient is different and that is why we’ve gone through the care and training to make sure we can deliver exactly what you need. With a personalized treatment plan, you can have the information you need to make an educated decision about your health and your future, with no pressure on our end.