Hicks Dental Group of Prescott is an experienced dental office that offers a wide array of practices and procedures to help patients through any type of dental concern. Dr. Scott Hicks and Dr. Paul Hicks run a family-owned dental office that works diligently to help patients find long-lasting and effective dental solutions, one of which is dental implants.
The dental implant is a procedure performed by dentists to replace a missing tooth or teeth. This procedure is the longest-lasting solution to replacing a damaged, decayed or missing tooth. When a tooth is missing or removed from the gums, dentists recommend replacing the tooth immediately to prevent any bacteria or infection from spreading into the gums. Rather than replacing the existing tooth or teeth with a dental bridge, dentists will actually insert the new tooth in place. This is done by placing a titanium post into the jaw. This post will be held in place by the jawbone and then the new, artificial tooth is fastened or positioned onto the titanium post. Because bridges and crowns may need to be replaced within a few years, dental implants are the best method to use when looking for a long-lasting replacement for missing or damaged teeth.
Dentists follow special procedures to ensure that patients are able to undergo the treatment. Special x-rays will be collected of your teeth and jaw bone to ensure that the bones and gums are healthy enough to hold the implant in place. The doctors at Hicks Dental Group will check the following items to make sure that a patient is cleared for the procedure:
- The patient understands that proper dental hygiene is a must to keep the implant secured. Regular dental check ups are required, as well as daily brushing and flossing.
- The gums are healthy; pink and firm gums are a sign of good gum health.
- The jawbone is healthy enough or has enough bone to hold the implant in place.
About 178 million people in the United States are missing teeth (American College of Prosthodontics, 2015). With the state-of-the-art technology offered at Hicks Dental Group, patients no longer have to worry about missing teeth. Patients can receive dental implants from the Prescott office to restore their smile and protect their gums. Hicks Dental Group in Prescott is always ready to help their patients satisfy their dental needs!
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