Everything About Dental Implants

Everything About Dental Implants

Posted by Pacific Highway Dental on Jun 7 2022, 03:11 AM

Tooth loss is a serious issue. When a patient loses a tooth, the gums and jawbone begin to change. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone loses bone volume, and this can change the facial structure. Fortunately, patients can invest in dental implants to restore their smiles.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are tooth replacements made of a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone. The bone around the titanium screw will heal and fuse with the screw, essentially creating an artificial tooth root that can act as a strong foundation for your tooth replacement. Dental implants can support a single dental crown, a bridge, or an entire set of dentures.

What are dental implants made of?

Implants are made of high-quality, biocompatible titanium. Typically, the abutment and crown will be made of porcelain, but alternative materials are available. Your dentist will discuss your options with you at your consultation.

Depending on the type of implant, you may have different restoration options to choose from. A traditional implant will require a crown, which will be placed over the implant. The crown will be custom-made to blend in seamlessly with your smile. For those who are missing several teeth, a denture can be used. Dentures can be clipped onto implants to snap into place or can be permanently attached.

Dental implant procedure

The dental implant procedure is usually completed in two phases. The first phase will take place in your dental office. Your dentist will surgically implant the dental implant into your jawbone. During the second phase, the implant will fuse to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration typically takes three to six months and varies from person to person.

Once the implant has healed, you will return to your dentist’s office to have the abutment and crown placed. Your dentist will design the crown to blend in with your smile. The abutment will connect the implant and the crown. Once the crown is in place, your dental implant is complete.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are an ideal solution for those who’ve lost a tooth. Dental implant candidates should be free from periodontal disease. They should also have a strong jawbone density. Certain medical conditions, like diabetes and leukemia, can rule out the implant surgery. Patients should also be committed to good oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle.

What are dental implant benefits?

  • Stronger bite force
  • Dental implant teeth look, feel, and function just like real teeth
  • Prevent jawbone deterioration
  • Permanent solution
  • Easier to eat, speak and smile
  • Improved self-confidence

Wish to learn more about dental implants? You can visit Dentist in Kent WA Pacific Highway Dental at 27020 Pacific Highway South, Suite C, Kent, WA 98032. Or you can contact our office to book an appointment at 253-529-9434.

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