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What’s the old saying? If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. According to Dr. Martin at Martin Taylor Dentistry, that appears to be the case with many of the ads you’ve been seeing about Dental Implants in a Day. Bottom line? There is a one day appointment where the  implants and temporary teeth are placed. However, there are multiple appointments that lead up to that “day” and many appointments to follow.The teeth-in-a-day are temporary until the bone adheres to the implant (~4 months). Also, according to Dr. Martin, the claims that most dental insurance plans cover one-day implants are simply not true.
Dr. Martin and Dr. Taylor are both trained and experienced in implant placement and restoring the implants. Implants can be placed and allowed to heal without a crown on them or they can heal with a temporary crown on them.  In either case, follow-up visits are necessary to get the final, permanent crowns placed. The only thing better than a Dental Implant is the natural tooth itself.

Dental implants in a day is the hype for real in Tucson AZ area

What to Expect When Getting Dental Implants at Martin Taylor Dentistry

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Obviously, there is not a single scenario that fits every case. A few of the variables Dr. Martin and Taylor need to consider as they advise their patients considering implants are:

  • How many teeth need to be replaced? One? A few? Or a whole mouth full?
  • What is the integrity of the bone in which the implant will be placed?
  • Is bone grafting needed? If so, can a small amount of grafting be done at the same time the implant is placed? Or is more extensive bone grafting necessary, in which case an additional 4-6 months of healing time is needed prior to the implant being placed.
  • Is the tooth to be replaced in the front of the mouth or in the back?
  • Is there a damaged tooth that needs to be removed before the implant can be put in?
  • What is the general health of the patient?

So let’s take a case of a healthy middle-aged woman with a cracked front tooth. On her first visit, Dr. Martin would take a digital x ray to determine the integrity of the bone. He finds that no bone grafting is needed. So in that first visit, he removes the cracked tooth and places the implant into the bone. The patient is given a removable “flipper” or false tooth to fill the empty space for the 4 months needed for the implant to adhere to her jaw bone. After four months she returns to have a permanent porcelain crown placed on the implant.

Other Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants

Is getting dental implants painful?

Numbing medicine is given locally during the procedure and conscious sedation can be given to patients if desired. Afterward, an over the counter pain medication is all that is usually needed for any post procedure pain.

How many appointments are needed? How long will each appointment take?

Generally, the first appointment to place the implant, takes about 2 hours. The second appointment, needed to take impressions for the crowns, takes about an hour. And then the third and final appointment, to place the permanent crowns, also takes about an hour.

Is it expensive?

Without any dental insurance, the total cost for the dental implant, the abutment, and the crown at Martin-Taylor Dentistry ranges from $3000 to $4500. We have kept the cost of a single implant about the same as for a bridge to replace a single tooth.

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Martin Taylor Dentistry

Dr. Jeff Martin and Dr. William Taylor

Martin-Taylor Dentistry is a partnership between Dr. Jeff Martin and Dr. William Taylor. Highly skilled and experienced, they provide emergency, preventative, restorative, cosmetic, children’s, and implant dentistry services.

Dr. Martin is an alumnus of the University of Arizona and Baylor College of Dentistry. He established his practice in 1978. Dr. Martin has completed on 1,500 hours of continuing education in dentistry. Dr. Taylor studied at the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California. He is experienced in general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. Dr Taylor has also completed many hours of continuing education.
Both are licensed and skilled in sedation dentistry, so you can be as comfortable as possible.

Together with their excellent team, Martin-Taylor Dentistry will take great care of you.

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Dr. Taylor, Dr. Martin, and their entire staff are the very best. The front desk staff, the dental assistants, and dental hygienists are excellent. I’ve been to many dentists over the years, and they are the most skilled and professional group of people that I have encountered. You can be confident you will be fully informed about what is recommended for a treatment plan and what it will cost. I’ve had the gamut of dental procedures — crowns, implants, root canals, and more routine care. It’s been made as pleasant and comfortable as possible by their skill, as well as their kindness and understanding. I wholeheartedly recommend Martin and Taylor Dentistry.

Alice L.

Alice L. 4 months ago

I have been a patient of Dr. Taylor’s for most of my adult hood. I have had everything done from a filling to multiple dental implants. All of my procedures have been straightforward with zero complications and as little discomfort as possible. Even after my implants I had minimal pain! Before I saw Dr. Taylor I was terrified of dentists, but he put me at ease with his expertise. The hygienists are kind, thorough but gentle, and knowledgeable. The office staff is very friendly and helpful. The office itself is modern and impeccably clean. I highly recommend Martin Tayler dentistry and won’t trust my teeth to any other dentists.

Rosemary B.

Rosemary B. 3 months ago

Welcome the newest member of our team at Martin Taylor Dentistry, Dr. Melvin Abraham!