While it’s understandable for many individuals to think that the loss of one or two teeth, particularly if they are in less noticeable areas of the mouth, may not be of serious concern, the fact is that even a single missing tooth can lead to a number of severe oral health consequences. In addition to overall smile aesthetics, missing teeth can cause problems with speaking and chewing, as well as structural deterioration that may require major dental intervention later. The good news is, our dentists at Scottsdale Smile Center offer a number of effective treatments to replace missing teeth, including dental implants, implant dentures, and dental bridges. These advanced options can create results that significantly reduce oral health risks and improve both function and aesthetics.
Some of the dangers caused by missing teeth that remain untreated include:
Just one missing tooth can create a chain reaction among the natural teeth that surround it, ultimately causing them to become loose and shift position. When this occurs, teeth misalignment, changes in bite, and problems chewing may result.
Since natural teeth help stimulate bone growth in the jaws, bone density in areas where teeth are missing may begin to recede. This jawbone degeneration can lead to a loosening (or even complete dislodgement) of surrounding teeth.
Gum Recession, Periodontal Disease, and Risks to General Health
If the jawbone deteriorates due to missing teeth, the gums may follow suit. Gum recession can then develop into severe gum (periodontal) disease, which can increase risks to overall health if left untreated. Periodontal disease has been linked to a large number of serious, even life-threatening general health conditions, including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, dementia, certain kinds of cancer, and others.
Altered Facial Appearance
When teeth are lost in specific areas of the mouth, a condition known as “facial collapse” may occur. In some cases, the proportional distance between the chin and the nose can be shortened when missing teeth are not replaced. This can significantly alter one’s overall facial aesthetic and ultimately create an appearance that may look much older than they truly are.
Fortunately, missing teeth replacement can successfully address these concerns for many individuals. If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact Scottsdale Smile Center for additional information on treatment options, or to schedule an appointment.
Don Chiappetti, DDS and Jonathan Coombs, DMD of Scottsdale Smile Center discuss the numerous advantages of replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implants.
Scottsdale, AZ — At Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs provide an expansive array of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry treatments to comprehensively address the needs and concerns of every patient seeking dental care at their practice. For individuals interested in replacing any number of missing and/or severely damaged teeth, the two dentists offer several effective solutions, though the most advantageous option is often dental implants.
For qualified candidates, Dr. Coombs states that dental implants are one of the most successful, aesthetic, and functional restorative dentistry treatments available today. Key benefits of dental implants can include:
- A stronger, more durable alternative to bridges and dentures
- Restoration of both form and function to teeth
- Improvement in one’s ability to speak and chew
- Improvement in the overall appearance of one’s smile
- Permanent, natural-looking outcomes
In addition, dental implants can also be used to support dental bridges for the replacement of multiple teeth as well as to increase stability and decrease gum irritation for denture wearers.
Thanks to revolutionary Cone Beam X-Ray technology and computer guided surgery, Dr. Chiappetti notes that dental implant surgery can now be performed more successfully than ever. Though there is no guarantee implants will properly fuse to the patient’s jawbone, he says studies show a success rate of 95% for lower jaw implants and 90% for upper jaw implants five years after their implantation.
Ultimately, regardless of the many benefits of dental implants, Drs. Coombs and Chiappetti stress the importance of consulting a qualified dentist who has extensive experience in performing the procedure. “When placed incorrectly, there is a possibility for implants to fail,” says Dr. Chiappetti. “For this reason, it is imperative that you seek the expertise of a highly skilled and experienced dentist who can properly determine candidacy as well as perform treatment with the utmost safety and efficacy.”
About Don Chiappetti, DDS
After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona, Dr. Chiappetti obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the esteemed University of Southern California. To further his education, he remains active in a number of renowned dental organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Central Arizona Dental Society, among others. Outside of the office, Dr. Chiappetti lends his skills and expertise to humanitarian efforts such as Give Back a Smile and Christina Smile.
About Jonathan Coombs, DMD
After earning his dental degree from the University of Louisville, Dr. Coombs went on to complete hundreds of hours of continuing education, eventually earning the prestigious “Fellowship” status with the Academy of General Dentistry – an honor obtained by only three percent of all dentists. In addition, he maintains active membership in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and several other dental organizations. Dr. Coombs also gives back to the community by volunteering with Give Back a Smile and Christina Smile.
Dr. Chiappetti and Dr. Coombs are available for interview upon request.
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Scottsdale Smile Center
Lincoln Plaza Medical Center
7125 E. Lincoln Drive, Suite 106
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Are you seeking to enhance the appearance your smile by replacing one or more missing teeth? At Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti offer a variety of effective treatment options designed do just that and more, one of which is dental implants. Utilizing state-of-the-art Cone Beam X-Ray technology and computer guided surgery, Drs. Coombs and Chiappetti can place dental implants with an unprecedented level of accuracy and precision, helping qualified candidates improve the form and function of their teeth with permanent, natural-looking results.
If you are interested in dental implants, one of our skilled dentists can perform a thorough oral examination to evaluate the density and width of your jawbone, as well as ensure you have no preexisting medical conditions – such as uncontrolled diabetes – that may compromise the efficacy of treatment. Should you be a good candidate, he will then provide an accurate estimate of what the procedure may cost based on factors including how many dental implants you need to achieve your goals and how extensive the operation will be.
To help make dental implants more affordable for all of our patients, Scottsdale Smile Center offers various long-term financing options through trusted third-party institutions such as Capital One® Financing and CareCredit®. Additionally, our team will check with your dental insurance provider to determine if any portion of your treatment may be covered. If you wish to pay without financial help, we also accept cash, checks, and the majority of major credit cards.
To obtain a personalized estimate of what your dental implant procedure may cost, we encourage you contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chiappetti or Dr. Coombs.
Designed to mimic the look, feel, and function of natural teeth, dental implants can often be an excellent option if you are seeking to permanently replace one or more missing teeth with beautiful, natural-looking results. Not only can this innovative restorative dentistry treatment enhance the aesthetics of your smile, it can also help improve your ability to speak and chew properly. You may be a good candidate for full dental implants if you:
- Are missing one or several teeth
- Desire a more stable, long-lasting alternative to dentures
- Have enough density in your jawbone to secure your implant(s)
- Do not have particular medical conditions and/or diseases that may inhibit proper healing following the placement of your implant(s)
During an appointment at Scottsdale Smile Center, one of our experienced dentists – Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs – can perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Should this restorative procedure be right for you, our advanced Cone Beam X-Ray technology can be utilized to identify the ideal placement of your dental implant(s) with the utmost accuracy and precision. Once placed and successfully anchored to your jawbone, the tip of your implant(s) can then be fitted with a customized crown designed to match the shape and color of your surrounding teeth, ultimately achieving a natural-looking outcome.
If you do not qualify as a good candidate for full dental implants, don’t worry – our practice offers a number of alternatives that can restore function and aesthetics of your smile, including implant supported dentures. To find out which restorative dentistry option may be best for your unique needs and goals, please contact us today to schedule an appointment with Drs. Coombs or Chiappetti.
Scottsdale, AZ — In an effort to provide his patients with the latest advancements in dental technology and the highest quality care, Dr. Jonathan Coombs, a dentist in Scottsdale, recently announced he has added the most recent upgrade to the CEREC® CAD/CAM at his office. He says the CEREC® software updates allow him to improve the efficiency and turnaround of his practice’s procedures and give patients the restorations they need in a fraction of the time. As he continues to integrate the new technology into his practice, Dr. Coombs says he is looking forward to another opportunity to further enhance his patients’ experience with procedures such as porcelain veneers or immediate restoration on dental implants.
Developed by Sirona, a dental technology company, Dr. Coombs says the CEREC® device is used to create custom ceramic or porcelain restorations for his Scottsdale cosmetic dentistry patients, particularly for use in the fabrication of dental crowns, onlays and veneers. He says CEREC® is performed chairside, so personalization and individual attention play a large role in the final outcome. Thanks to the new inLab 4.0 software update, Dr. Coombs says he is able to greatly expedite the process of making abutments for implants, allowing patients to come in for an impression and have their restoration the following day. He says the second update is used to integrate the 3-D tooth scan with a 3-D bone scan, so that the perfect surgical placement can be made and allows for placing dental implants the same day.
“The new CEREC® upgrades are designed to improve patient care, there’s much less hassle for the patient involved in the treatment process now,” says Dr. Coombs. “We’re able to cut down on the time it takes to complete a number of procedures, which ultimately means less office visits and a quicker restoration.”
After a recent training course in the use of the CEREC® updates, Dr. Coombs says he is confident in the technology and excited to see how it helps patients achieve a quicker solution to their needs. He says whether patients are looking for porcelain veneers, dental implants, or other restorative treatments, having access to the latest techniques and technology is an essential part of receiving the highest quality care. However, he urges all patients considering cosmetic dentistry to consult with an experienced and qualified dentist before undergoing any treatment.
About Jonathan S. Coombs, DMD, FAGD
A graduate of the University of Louisville Dental School, Dr. Jonathan Coombs has dedicated hundreds of hours to his continued education and has achieved Fellowship status with the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor obtained by less than 3 percent of dentists. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and several other professional organizations. Dr. Coombs is certified in CEREC®, Invisalign®, and advanced tooth whitening techniques. He also volunteers his time and services with the Give Back a Smile program for victims of domestic violence as well as Christina Smile, providing care for Boys and Girls Club kids.
Located at 7125 E. Lincoln Drive Suite 106 in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Coombs and his practice, the Scottsdale Smile Center, can be reached at (480) 304-7649. He and his team can also be contacted online via the website scottsdalesmile.com or facebook.com/ScottsdaleSmileCenter.
Scottsdale, AZ — According to recent statistics released by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), 69 percent of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth due to an accident, gum disease, or tooth decay. The study also shows that by age 74, 26 percent of adults have lost all their permanent teeth. Dr. Jonathan Coombs, a dentist in Scottsdale, says with such a high demand for cosmetic and restorative procedures to correct missing teeth, developments in dental implants and implant-supported dentures over the past few years have been evolving rapidly. Thanks to a number of advanced features, he says the latest line of technology for performing dental implants has offered patients a reliable, long-lasting solution for their dental troubles.
At his Scottsdale cosmetic dentistry practice, the Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Coombs focuses on a wide variety of procedures ranging from teeth whitening and porcelain veneers to Invisalign® and routine cleanings. He says a large number of patients come into his office requesting a way to fix their denture problems: slippage, uncomfortable gels or adhesives, and the inability to enjoy foods. While dentures and missing teeth can have a drastic effect on a person’s confidence, Dr. Coombs says modern innovations in anchored dentures and dental implants have offered a growing number of patients a way to achieve natural, durable smiles.
“The biggest difference between traditional dentures and the new implant-supported dentures is stability,” says Dr. Coombs. “With traditional dentures, patients do not have the ability to chew all the types of food that they used to eat. Anchored dentures feel much more like natural teeth and can allow patients to enjoy a wider variety of foods.”
Dental implants can be used to replace teeth, support a dental bridge, or increase stability of dentures by affixing the lower appliance to implants. Using an advanced 3-D x-ray called the Conebeam® CT scan, Dr. Coombs says he takes a digital image of the patient’s bone to determine if they are a good candidate for the procedure and to plan placement of the implants. Once placed, the implant is then fitted with a restoration on top of the implant to look and function like natural teeth. Unlike dentures which must be removed in order to clean, Dr. Coombs says dental implants and anchor-supported dentures can be maintained just like normal teeth with a regular brushing and rinsing, in addition to professional care every 4 to 6 months.
As with any dental procedure, Dr. Coombs says placing dental implants requires extensive experience and training, and patients should be sure to consult with only qualified dentists before undergoing treatment. He encourages all patients to extensively research their practice so as to ensure they receive the highest quality care and the safest results. Through finding the right practice, however, Dr. Coombs says patients can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, durable smile and rejuvenated confidence.
About Jonathan S. Coombs, DMD, FAGD
Dr. Jonathan Coombs earned his dental degree from the University of Louisville and has since dedicated several hundred hours to his continued education. He has achieved Fellowship status with the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor achieved by less than 3 percent of dentists. Dr. Coombs is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and several other professional organizations. He also volunteers his time and services with the Give Back a Smile program for helping restore the smiles of victims of domestic violence. Dr. Coombs is certified in CEREC one-visit restorations, Invisalign®, and advanced whitening techniques.
Located at 7125 E. Lincoln Drive Suite 106 in Scottsdale, AZ, the Scottsdale Smile Center can be reached at (480) 304-7649. It can also be contacted online via the website scottsdalesmile.com or facebook.com/ScottsdaleSmileCenter.