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When dental implants became recognized as part of the dental care industry about twenty years ago, they were originally considered only for single teeth as a means to restore the full function and appearance of a tooth that has been removed or lost. As dental implant technology has advanced over the years, it has provided several more options for tooth restoration. The uses of dental implants include providing an anchoring point for dental bridges and securing a set of dentures to replace multiple missing teeth.

The first step in placing a dental implant is for our team to perform an examination of your oral cavity and take dental X-rays. This will help us determine your smile’s overall health and the amount of remaining jaw structure. If your smile lacks sufficient jawbone structure and cannot support a dental implant, you may need to receive a bone graft prior to the implant placement.

During the implant placement procedure, the oral surgeon gains direct access to the underlying bone structure through a narrow channel that leads to the bone. This is where the titanium abutment will be placed. We use titanium because its biologically safe properties allow it to fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Once the fusion process of the dental implant is complete, Dr. Jason Campbell can make preparations to place a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture to fill the gap in your smile.

If you would like to learn more about the purpose of dental implants and whether you would benefit from a dental implant in Prescott, Arizona, please contact Pro Solutions Dental Group at 928-776-1208 today for a consultation with our dentist.