For more than 20 years dental implants have been growing in popularity in the United States as a solution for missing or damaged teeth.
In years past, dentures and tooth bridges have been the common go-to solution. Currently, an estimated 20 percent of the adult population is wearing a full or partial denture, and as much as 50 percent of the population over the age of 60 is wearing at least partial dentures.
As technology has improved, so have options for individuals seeking a more permanent and hassle-free solution to tooth loss.
Dental implants, which are rooted in the jawbone, look, feel, and perform more like natural teeth without implementing adhesives or denture creams. Dental implants consist of three parts: a titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone, an abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant protruding from the gum line, and the crown, which is created by prosthodontists and fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance.
Implants have the potential to save patients a lot of money in the long run, as they can last a lifetime.
For the average Tucsonan pondering dental implants as a solution, a series of questions likely arise: Where should I go? Can I trust my dentist with such a specific operation? Does my dentist even offer the service? Will all of my questions be answered in one place?
Amidst all the questions, the decision should be clear–quite literally.
Owned by prosthodontists Dr. Luis Keys and Dr. Karina Keys, the ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in Tucson has a professional staff of oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and customer education consultants under one roof to make for a seamless implant process. The center also acts as a dental practice for patients in need of regular checkups, truly offering an answer for all dental-related issues.
“Our goal is to have happy patients,” said Luis. “It’s always been that way. Whatever we can do to increase our odds of success-buying the best products, using the best technology, having the best staff-that’s what we consider having the best end result.”
Patients will certainly be happy to know that ClearChoice does in fact make use of the best product, using titanium implants from Nobel BioCare Dental Implants, which have been manufactured out of Sweden for decades and are considered by dentists to be the best implant available.
Additionally, ClearChoice uses some of the most modern technologies, such as 3D CAT scanning to examine existing teeth, bone, nerves and tissue to determine proper implant size, type, and placement while simultaneously avoiding nerves and sinuses.
Even better news-the CAT scans and a consultation are provided at no cost to individuals exploring dental implants.
The office also makes use of CAD/CAM modeling technology, and an on-site dental implant lab manned by expert technicians.
While the implant process is quite intricate, patients of ClearChoice will not feel the pain of a wait, as they will generally leave with their new “temporary” implants the same day, given a consultation has previously been conducted at the office. While the initial replacement teeth are permanently bridged, the final implant will come about four months later, when the patient receives his or her individually customized BioCare implants.
Luis and Karina said the time is beneficial as it allows for healing and patient feedback.
“As the gums heal, they are going to change shape, so the new bridge is going to have a tighter fit,” said Karina.
“It gives the patient, when they’re wearing their healing bridges, an opportunity to decide if they like their teeth, so it gives us a chance to customize them, whether they want them bigger or smaller, or lighter. They play a huge role in how the final result of the teeth look.”
Due to the efficient and experienced staff, ClearChoice manages to perform more dental implants in one month than most dental practices perform in a year.
The Keys said they have witnessed dental implants change the lives of several of their patients.
“We had a patient who is an elementary school teacher, and the kids would constantly ask her what was wrong with her teeth,” said Karina. “She finally got her implants, and yesterday, she left here in tears.”
Luis said such examples show how implants can have a huge impact on self-confidence.
For individuals in need of tooth replacement, but not quite convinced dental implants are the correct solution, ClearChoice also offers free informational seminars, where potential patients can meet with oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and former patients who have gone through the procedure.
ClearChoice offers up-front prices and financing options to fit the budget of its patients, including a plan with no interest if paid within 18 months.
ClearChoice Dental Implants in Tucson is located at 8315 N. Oracle Road. For more information, visit www.clearchoice.com.