Dental implants are a popular and effective tooth replacement option for individuals who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or other dental issues. They are designed to mimic a tooth root's natural structure and function and provide a stable foundation for the placement of a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
Dentalimplants are a long-lasting and durable solution for tooth replacement, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile confidently. Dental implants also help preserve the jawbone's integrity, preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.
Only certain people are suitable candidates for dental implants. Adequate bone density and healthy gums are important factors for successful implant placement. Thus, a thorough examination and consultation with our dentist at Burien Family Dental Care are necessary to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
The Procedure for Dental Implants
The dental implant is a small, titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum line. This post replaces the tooth root and provides a strong and stable base for the artificial tooth or teeth.
After the implant is placed, a process called osseointegration occurs. This is when the surrounding bone tissue fuses with the implant's surface, securely anchoring it in the jaw. It typically takes a few months for osseointegration to be complete.
Once osseointegration is successful, an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment connects the implant to the dental restoration that will be placed on top. It protrudes above the gum line and provides access for the artificial tooth or teeth placement.
The dental restoration, a dental crown, bridge, or denture, is custom-made to match your natural teeth's color, shape, and size. It is securely attached to the abutment, providing a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement for the missing tooth or teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to be a long-lasting solution for tooth replacement. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental care, implants can last many years or even a lifetime. They are highly durable and resistant to decay, providing a reliable and sustainable tooth replacement option.
Missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures can affect speech, causing slurring or mumbling. Dental implants restore proper speech patterns by providing a stable and secure foundation for the replacement teeth. This allows for clear and natural speech without any hindrances.
Comfort and Convenience
Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are fixed in the mouth and do not cause discomfort and inconvenience the way removable appliances do. There is no need to use messy adhesives or worry about dentures slipping or falling out. Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth, providing a comfortable, hassle-free solution.
Dental implants do not require any special cleaning or maintenance routines. They can be cared for just like natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Contact Burien Family Dental Care at 112 SW 160th Burien, WA 98166, or call (206) 244-6774 to learn more about dental implants.