We have been placing dental implants for decades and have helped many patients transform their smiles and lives by providing permanent replacements for their missing teeth. Dr. Thomas Mattern holds Fellowship status with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a distinguished title that sets him apart from many of his peers in the field of implant dentistry. By merging this expertise with some of the most advanced technologies in our field, we are able to consistently provide patients with life-changing solutions through dental implants. As a team also dedicated to patient education, we invite you to read our answers to the most common questions our patients ask about implants.
Missing one or more teeth can lead to many functional issues that harm overall health and a loss of facial aesthetics. Without teeth, it becomes difficult to chew and eat, affecting nutrition and health. Missing teeth also leads to bone loss, making you appear more aged as the cheeks and lips sink inward.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that mimics the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth. Implants can restore 99 percent of function, allowing you to eat anything you want while looking completely natural and beautiful.
Dental implants placed by our experienced dentists have a 95 percent success rate. With proper care, they can successfully last your lifetime.
The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient. During your consultation, we will take into consideration the number of teeth that need to be replaced, how much bone is available or if we will need to perform a bone graft prior to surgery, any tooth extractions, and if any infection is present
Whether you have one missing tooth or an entire arch, we have dental implant solutions to accommodate you. For full-arch tooth loss, we can place as little as two implants that support an entire denture or bridge, giving you a secure fit.
If you have one, many or a full arch of missing teeth you are likely a candidate for dental implants. You should be in good overall health and be free of any gum disease or infection. We have the knowledge and experience to treat those who do have any underlying conditions.
Even if you have been told you don’t have enough bone to support dental implants, you may still be a candidate. Through bone grafting or sinus lift procedures we can rebuild bone in your jaw so you can get any number of implants placed.
A qualified dentist who has received advanced training in implant dentistry can place implants, but it is important to seek care from an experienced team who also use state-of-the-art technology. Dr. Mattern has placed thousands of implants and uses the most advanced dental technology to aid in treatment planning and the surgical process to ensure the long-term success of your implants.
This is a common misconception we often hear. Having dental implants placed is generally not painful and actually feels similar to having a tooth pulled. In fact, many of our patients say they hardly felt anything at all!
We first provide an exam and take x-rays to check bone levels in your jaw and make sure you are a candidate for implants. Next, we digitally scan both arches so that we can create a surgical guide that will be used during surgery to precisely place the implant(s) in the jaw bone. Our team treats each implant case uniquely, guaranteeing your experience is customized and that you feel comfortable throughout.
In the unlikely event that you experience complications, Dr. Mattern and his team is trained to handle it. We are always available via our 24/7 emergency line.
When placed by an experienced dentist and cared for properly, dental implants can last your lifetime. The crown or restoration piece may need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear, but the titanium screw should last many years.
Your dental implants can be cleaned like your normal teeth. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing daily, and maintaining regular cleanings with your general dentist.
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“I saw Dr. Villalobos for a consult to redo a composite chip repair on my front tooth completed by another dentist who did a horrible job. She was extremely thorough and took TRIPLE the time the other dentist did fixing and shaping my tooth until it was absolutely perfect. She used several more tools and techniques that the other dentist did not use. You cannot even tell I have a composite on my tooth. She also took the time to polish other little imperfections in my teeth and went above and beyond to make sure I was happy. She even offered to tweak my tooth if needed if it does not fit in my retainer properly at night. Her assistant Yolanda was also very nice and accommodating. I also purchased a tube of teeth whitening gel and they gave me another one for free. I only wish I had seen them the first time for my chip repair. I felt their prices were very reasonable and I only waited maybe 5 minutes for my appointment and I was early.”
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“I’ve been going here for years. Fantastic staff to make you feel comfortable and at home. Great doctors who care about your oral health. The facility is spotless and makes you feel totally safe. They have really great late hours as well as being open on Saturday so pretty much they have you covered even if you work a lot. I highly recommend this office.”
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“Finding a new dentist after going to the same one for almost ten years had me a little nervous. I usually am not one to leave reviews but Desert Dentistry was beyond a perfect choice for me! Their office is very clean AND so well put together and organized. The staff was amazing. From the moment I walked in to the point of leaving I felt welcomed the entire time. Thank you so much for reassuring me I made the best choice picking you as my new dentist!! Highly recommend!”
“I recommend this place 100%. The staff is awesome. Very professional, they work around your schedule to accommodate your needs. Dr Mitchell is Great I like how patient he is and understands your needs and doesn’t judge you. I will definitely recommend it. ”
“Dr. Mattern changed my life. I can’t stop smiling. I’ve dreamt of having a smile like this my whole life!”
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