What are dental implants?
To replace a missing tooth or teeth with a long-lasting restoration, cosmetic dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi is proud to offer dental implants to local men and women. Dental implants are surgically placed metal posts in your jawbone to simulate the missing tooth root. The post(s) may be attached to a crown, denture, or bridge for a beautiful restoration that can be treated just like natural teeth. We are also thrilled to offer All-on-4® dental implants by Nobel Biocare® for those who desire a long-lasting approach to secure upper and/or lower dentures. When you want to fix a gap from a missing tooth or teeth, schedule a consultation to get more information on implant dentistry at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV. You may enjoy dental implants if you want to avoid loose restorations or removable dentures. If you live in the Greater Las Vegas area, call our office today to speak with Dr. Tozzi about your dental needs.
Dental Implants Reviews
"After moving to Vegas and endlessly searching for a dentist I finally found the perfect one!! I had so many problems with my teeth but even more problems looking for an honest and caring dentist. One told me I should rip out some of my teeth and put in implants... mind you I'm still young But Dr. Tozzi was and is different. She was kind and caring. She took her time and listened to my problems and concerns, and made several different recommendations that best suited me and my budget. She even sought her peers to help with the overall plan, because I did need a lot of work. I've been seeing her for almost a year and I simply love her and her staff!! I couldn't be more happy with her recommendations, her work and especially, my teeth!!!! Never thought I would say this...but I love going to the dentist"- L.S. / Yelp / Mar 16, 2016
"After moving to Vegas and endlessly searching for a dentist I finally found the perfect one!! I had so many problems with my teeth but even more problems looking for an honest and caring dentist. One told me I should rip out some of my teeth and put in implants... mind you I’m still young But Dr. Tozzi was and is different. She was kind and caring. She took her time and listened to my problems and concerns, and made several different recommendations that best suited me and my budget. She even sought her peers to help with the overall plan, because I did need a lot of work.I’ve been seeing her for almost a year and I simply love her and her staff!! I couldn’t be more happy with her recommendations, her work and especially, my teeth!!!! Never thought I would say this...but I love going to the dentist"- L.S. / Yelp / Mar 16, 2016
"Dr Tozzi and her team are amazing. I hadn’t been to the dentist in about 4 years I was embarrassed because of missing and broken teeth I also had a lot of jaw pain because of my missing teeth so I had to break down and find a great dentist. Thank goodness I came here the staff is super friendly and caring they all make you feel at ease. I’m always greeted with a warm smile by the receptionists. Dr Tozzi is very professional warm hearted and friendly she understood my needs and came up with a plan that will give me back my smile. I am new to Las Vegas and researched all the dentists in the area I am glad I found her. The hygienist who did my teeth cleaning is the sweetest gal every time I go in she takes the time to tell me hello. All of the staff is very knowledgeable and make you feel comfortable. I am in the first stage of getting my smile back we started with partials which really looked great I can’t wait to finish the rest my teeth. Thank you Dr Tozzi and team"- T.G. / Yelp / Mar 02, 2020
"I like everything about Dr. Tozzi, I feel that she really wants to help me get my smile back and get my confidence back, cause it hard to have confidence when ur missing teeth.. Her entire office was so sweet to me and I felt very comfortable there and I don't ever feel comfortable in any dentist office.. I would recommend her to anybody. I can't wait to start the process with her and be able to smile again and show my teeth.."- P.S. / Facebook / Apr 05, 2016
Who is a Candidate for dental implants?
Even if you're just missing one tooth, a dental implant is an easy, natural-looking long-term solution to restore your smile. Dr. Tozzi will implant a single post, or abutment, which can then have a porcelain dental crown attached to it. This crown will match the natural color of the surrounding teeth, making it indistinguishable from your real teeth.
What are the benefits of getting dental implants?
For our patients in and around Las Vegas, NV who can benefit from dental implants, we see many benefits from treatment, including:
- Increased confidence and reduced self-consciousness
- More range of functional activity, including chewing and speech
- Light recovery time and maintenance when compared to some alternative treatments
- Results that are made to last for a long time when followed by proper upkeep
Are you Missing multiple teeth?
If you're missing multiple teeth in a line, two dental implants can be placed on both ends of the gap and then bonded to prosthetic teeth to fill in the gap. This is called an implant-retained bridge and is stronger and more natural-looking than traditional bridges. You may want an implant if you have a dental restoration but are bothered by the look, feel, or extensive maintenance. You may also consider All-on-4 implants if you prefer the advantages of having a quick treatment with lower recovery periods compared to traditional dental implants.
ARe you Missing a full set of teeth?
Even if you're missing all of your teeth, dental implants are a great solution to reclaim your smile. Four to six implant posts will be implanted to provide support for a full denture. This method ensures your full dentures a perfect fit that won't slip, slide, or pop out while chewing or talking. At your dental implant consultation, Dr. Tozzi will go over both options and evaluate the health of your gums and jawbone in order to determine if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. In some cases, a gum or bone graft surgery may be needed prior to implant surgery to ensure you have a strong enough foundation to support the post(s). You may not be a candidate for dental implants if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for gum disease.
how do dental implants work?
Before the traditional or All-on-4 dental implant is placed, you may need to have damaged teeth extracted, gum surgery, or bone grafts. As soon as your mouth is ready for the implant to be placed, local anesthesia will be administered to properly numb the treatment area. Other anesthesia or sedation options can be included to help keep you relaxed throughout your surgery. Then, Dr. Tozzi will make an incision in your gum to insert the titanium post in your jawbone. The incision in the gums will be closed with part of the implant visible above the gumline. This process will continue if multiple posts are required. As the implant integrates with the gums and jawbone over the next several months, a temporary crown or cover will be placed over the implants. As soon as Dr. Tozzi decides the implant is healed with your gums and jaw, your custom restoration (denture, crown, or bridge) will be attached to your implant and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
How Long is Recovery After dental implant surgery?
There may be some temporary inflammation in your gums and face, as well as discomfort, bruising, and some minor bleeding following your implant procedure. However, these sensations are normal and should subside in the days and weeks that follow. Dr. Tozzi will also talk to you about what to expect during your recovery period during your initial consultation. Recovery will vary from patient to patient and will also depend on whether traditional or All-on-4 dental implants were used.
Dr. Tozzi may also prescribe pain relievers and antibiotics to aid in your healing process. As soon as your implants have healed and your restoration is attached, you should maintain a good home oral care regimen that includes flossing, brushing, and mouthwash. You should also attend annual dental exams and biannual cleanings at Michaela Tozzi, DMD so Dr. Tozzi can keep track of your oral health. She will talk to you if your implants or restorations need to be repaired or replaced.
does insurance cover dental implants?
Based on your dental insurance company and specific coverage, a portion of the expenses of your implant(s) and custom restoration(s) might be paid for. We will talk to your provider to understand your specific policy and determine your personal cost. During your initial consultation with Dr. Tozzi, she can estimate your costs and discuss payment methods, along with information on medical financing.
Dental Implants FAQ
Does getting dental implants hurt?
While having dental implant surgery does require surgically cutting into the gums, Dr. Tozzi will numb the treatment area before the procedure begins to keep you comfortable. Many patients liken the experience to getting a filling. If pain is a concern, Dr. Tozzi offers nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation options to ensure your dental implant installation is as stress-free and comfortable as possible. After dental implants are placed, during the recovery process, patients may experience some swelling, bruising, discomfort, and minor bleeding. Dr. Tozzi will give you antibiotics and may prescribe pain relievers to make your recovery process easier and give you instructions on what you need to do during recovery.
Are dental implants safe?
Yes, they are. While there is always a small amount of risk, as with any surgery, dental implants have been in use for more than 30 years and are deemed safe by most medical professionals and studies. Studies have found that dental implants have a 95% or higher success rate.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental implants can last for decades. While the implant itself is permanent, the crown or crowns attached to them typically have a lifespan of up to 15 – 20 years or longer in some cases.
Can anyone get dental implants?
Most patients with healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implants can get dental implants. If you are pregnant, use tobacco products, have a chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease), periodontal disease, or have had radiation therapy to the head or neck, you may not be a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Tozzi will evaluate your oral health and medical history during your consultation to determine if dental implants are right for you.
get your smile back with dental implants
Implants with custom restorations may be a great option if you would like a natural-looking replacement for a single missing tooth or multiple teeth that is simple to clean and can last for many years. Dr. Tozzi can explain the process, starting with surgery to implant the posts and your options on the final restorations. If you would like to get more information on dental implants, make an appointment for a consultation at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV.
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