Dental Implants – Sedona, AZ

Changing the Way You View Your Smile

Dr. Upton is a qualified dentist with more than 35 years of experience. With countless (hundreds) of hours spent pursuing continuing education, he is well-versed in placing dental implants as well as providing natural-looking, beautiful, and effective restorations. Because these superior tooth replacements are capable of lasting longer and delivering greater functionality than other solutions, they are becoming widely popular with patients suffering from tooth loss. In fact, millions of Americans are already enjoying the benefits only these prosthetics can provide. If you want to learn more about finding out whether you’re a candidate, call our office to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Village Dentistry for Dental Implants?

  • In-House Dental Implant Placement & Restoration
  • CT/Cone Beam Scanner Used for Accurate Treatment Planning
  • We Are an Insurance-Friendly Dental Practice

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that serve as the foundation for new replacement teeth. Because of their surgical placement within the jawbone, they stimulate this area of the facial structure to avoid the potential of facial collapse, which is common with tooth loss. They are capable of replacing any number of teeth and can support a dental crown, bridge, or denture depending on your unique needs.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

  • Initial Dental Implant Consultation: You will meet with our team for a scheduled consultation. This will allow us to review your oral and overall health as well as your jawbone density. Depending on the status of these factors, we will decide if you are a good candidate for treatment and if you require any preliminary services beforehand.
  • Dental Implant Surgery: Dr. Upton is a skilled professional who understands and is trained to place dental implants. After careful treatment planning using the CT/Cone Beam Scanner, he can pinpoint the exact areas of placement ahead of time so that your procedure is swift, seamless, and successful.
  • Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment: Once the implants are placed, the gum tissue will be closed, and you’ll return home to recover. Osseointegration must occur during the 3-6-month recovery time period before you return to have your metal abutments put into place.
  • Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s): The last step is to receive your customized restoration, which will be a crown, bridge, or denture.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are unlike any other tooth replacement solution, which is why there are so many immense benefits that come with these prosthetics. From improved functionality that allows you to eat your favorite foods to the ability to embrace greater confidence when surrounded by others, dental implants are viewed as the gold standard. They are also known to last a lifetime with optimal care, which can be a welcomed reality for many individuals who are tired of frequent adjustments and replacements. Here are several benefits of dental implants you can expect to appreciate.

Day-to-Day Benefits

a couple flossing their dental implants together
  • Easy maintenance: Since you won’t have to remove your new teeth, you can simply maintain them by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash like with your natural pearly whites. You also won’t need to use special products or techniques for cleaning, making them feel more easygoing than traditional prosthetics.
  • Expanded dietary choices: Dental implants typically help you regain 80% or more of your chewing force, meaning you’ll be free to enjoy most of your favorite meals as well as include more nutritious food in your diet.
  • Speak more comfortably: Your new teeth won’t slip out of place when talking, so you should be able to easily speak without any worries. Dental implants offer natural-feeling results, so enunciating your words should feel much easier.
  • Boost in self-esteem: Your dental implants will be made to specifically match the rest of your smile, so you can feel confident in having your full grin again.

Health Benefits

a woman with dental implants enjoying a cup of coffee
  • Preserve your jawbone: Dental implants will serve as your new permanent tooth roots, meaning they should stimulate your jawbone and promote healthy bone growth. This means they can prevent the bone tissue from deteriorating and losing its shape in the long run.
  • Keep your natural teeth in place: Your remaining teeth can start to shift out of place to fill in any gaps in your smile. By replacing your missing pearly whites with dental implants, you can help prevent dental shifting.
  • Enhanced overall health: Tooth loss can also raise your risk of diseases. With dental implants for your new teeth, you can effectively lower your chance of oral and overall health problems.

Long-Term Benefits

a mature couple with dental implants smiling together
  • Preserve your youthful appearance: Your dental implants will help stimulate your jawbone, preventing it from weakening and shrinking, meaning you can keep a more youthful facial shape.
  • Long-lasting results: Traditional prosthetics like dental bridges and dentures will typically need to be replaced after several years. Dental implants, however, can usually last decades to a lifetime with proper care and regular dental checkups.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

If you’re missing at least one tooth, dental implants might just be for you. Their versatility allows them to replace any number of teeth using advanced dental technology and a commitment from patients. When meeting with your implant dentist to discuss your candidacy, you can expect to divulge your oral and overall health history before learning more about what is offered and how dental implants can drastically improve your life.

Missing One Tooth

Only one missing tooth requires a single dental implant post, metal abutment, and customized dental crown. This alleviates the frustration of being unable to laugh, smile, and eat but instead, makes it possible to embrace a better quality of life even with only one titanium implant post.

Missing Multiple Teeth

An implant bridge is a great way to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. By placing two implant posts into the exterior pockets, we can avoid altering any natural tooth structures and instead, focus on treating the empty pockets. Once in place, we’ll add a customized bridge to the top to create a complete look.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Instead of turning to a traditional denture to replace your entire arch of teeth, our team can provide an implant denture. Unlike regular ones that must remain in place using your natural suction and denture adhesive, implant dentures attach to the implant posts so that your smile remains untouched.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants is different for each person. No two cases are the same, so it requires a scheduled consultation with a member of our team before we can provide a cost estimate. Once we review your smile and overall health to determine your status, we will make suggestions regarding the type of dental implant you should receive as well as how much you can expect it to cost. At Village Dentistry, we are pleased to be an insurance-friendly practice that is committed to helping you keep your costs as low as possible.