Transform Your Smile with Dental Implants in Phoenix, AZ
Single & All-on-4®

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth or teeth that functions and looks like a natural tooth. The implant itself is a small, screw-shaped post that is surgically placed in the jawbone, where it fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many benefits of dental implants (single tooth or All-on-4®) over other tooth replacement options. Let’s look at three important benefits.

Looks and Feels Natural

One of the most significant advantages of dental implants is that they blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth in terms of appearance, feel, and function. We meticulously match the color and likeness of your other teeth, so your prosthetic crown won’t be noticeable to others. Another perk is that they don’t require special dental care procedures – you can simply brush and floss them as you would your other teeth. Overall, implant restoration offers a highly realistic and low-maintenance solution for missing teeth.

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Prevents Bone Loss

Dental implants have an additional advantage over other tooth replacement options – they can help prevent bone loss. When a tooth is lost, the body begins to reabsorb the surrounding bone tissue, which can lead to the loss of other teeth and a sunken appearance in the jaw and face. However, dental osseointegration can help prevent this process by providing the jawbone with the necessary stimulation to maintain its structure and density. This means that implants provide a functional replacement for missing teeth and help preserve your oral and facial structure over time.

Cross section model of gum and tooth roots including a dental implant.


Finally, implant restorations are extremely durable and long-lasting. With proper care, which includes regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups, the crown can last for 25 years or more. Similarly, the implant itself is designed to last a lifetime. Patients are able to enjoy the benefits for decades without the need for replacement or major maintenance. By taking good care of your teeth, you ensure that your investment in your oral health and appearance pays off for years to come.

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Are Dental Implants Right for me?

While dental implants, including All-on-4®, can be an excellent solution for missing teeth, they may not be a suitable option for everyone. This is because certain health conditions can impact the success of the procedure. As a result, we carefully examine the health of your gums and bone to determine if implants are the right choice for you. It’s also essential that patients have a strong commitment to maintaining good oral hygiene to ensure long-term success.

During your consultation, Dr. Tujillo discusses with you the best treatment option for your specific needs, as our priority is to achieve the best outcome possible while prioritizing your overall health.

The Procedure

During your visit, we will evaluate your dental and medical health by examining your teeth, taking x-rays, and potentially recommending a CT scan to assess the strength and shape of your jawbone and the location of nerves and sinuses. This comprehensive assessment enables us to create a customized prosthesis that fits comfortably and looks natural. Once we’ve completed the implant process, we’ll ensure that your bite is perfectly aligned and that your smile is as natural-looking as possible.

The treatment process typically includes these steps:

  1. Dr. Trujillo will prescribe medications such as antibiotics and/or pain relievers to begin taking prior to the surgery.
  2. A local anesthetic numbs the area where Dr. Trujillo will place the dental implant. Of course, at your request oral or intravenous sedation is available for your comfort. If sedated, a local anesthetic is still administered to numb the surgical areas.
  3. Once you are fully sedated Dr. Trujillo creates a small opening in your gum tissue, revealing the bone where he will place the post.
  4. A socket is created using special instruments.
  5. Dr. Trujillo places the titanium post into the socket.
  6. He then sutures the placement site closed.

Following your procedure, we will provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and prevent complications like peri-implantitis. The healing process for a standard tooth replacement typically takes two to four months, during which time the titanium post fuses with your bone to serve as the new artificial root for your replacement tooth.

I’ve had some implants done by Dr. Trujillo in 2007, and since then, I have been complimented by a quite a big number of dentists at the great job he’s done. I’d follow him to the moon if I needed any professional work done, he’s compassionate, very knowledgeable, professional yet kind.

Tina C.

The All-On-4® procedure is a revolutionary treatment that enables you to receive a brand-new set of teeth in just one visit.

With this innovative technique of using four posts that support the entire dental bridge, you can enjoy a complete smile restoration in a single day, without the need for multiple appointments. All-on-4® is a highly effective solution for restoring your smile and improving your overall dental health.

How the All-On-4® Procedure Works

The All-on-4® procedure is known as “teeth in a day” because it can provide a brand new set of teeth in just two visits. During the first appointment, any remaining teeth are extracted, and the implants are placed. It takes around four to eight months for the titanium posts to fuse with the bone, but temporary dentures can be worn during this time.

After the posts have fused, the bridge of dental crowns is attached to the posts, giving you artificial teeth that are designed to look and fit naturally.

If you live in or near Phoenix, AZ, and would like to replace your missing teeth, we invite you to call us today for an appointment! We’ll schedule a time for you to come in so that we can answer your questions and find a way to best meet your needs.

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More Benefits of Immediate Implants

The All-on-4®procedure has several benefits worth considering besides the fact that this procedure allows you to replace all of your teeth in a day. These include:

  • Permanent teeth placement.
  • Fixed in place so that they don’t shift or slip like dentures.
  • Look and function like natural teeth.
  • Simple maintenance without the need to remove them at night.
  • Implant-supported dentures don’t irritate or inflame your gums, unlike traditional dentures.
  • Maintain your facial features and prevent bone loss over time, which is common with missing teeth.
  • Implant-supported dentures allow a healthy bite so you can eat, speak, and live normally.

If you’re uncertain if All-on-4® is the best option for you, please bring your concerns to us. We are happy to help you look at all of your options, compare their benefits, and come to a treatment plan that’s right for you.

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Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of a dental implant procedure is not a one-size-fits-all situation, as the amount of work and materials required can differ from patient to patient. This means that fees and costs will vary depending on the type and number of posts needed, as well as any additional procedures that may be necessary.

While some people may initially think that dental implants are a more expensive tooth replacement option than others, it is important to consider their longevity as well. In fact, dental implants can last much longer than other methods of tooth replacement. Consider these important facts:

  • Permanent solution: they last up to a lifetime while conventional methods only last between five and eight years.
  • High success rate: the success rate is 95% or higher.
  • Custom-designed: custom-made to fit the appearance of your other teeth.
  • Specialized care: With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Trujillo is a highly trained periodontist with advanced education and exceptional skills.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Trujillo at Arizona Periodontal Group in Phoenix, AZ. Bring your questions about dental implants.

We look forward to seeing you.