Even the loss of one tooth can have oral health and well as emotional implications. To replace missing teeth, a growing number of patients are opting for dental implants over traditional restorations. A dental implant is a titanium post that replaces a lost tooth root. After the implant is surgically placed in a patient’s jawbone, a custom dental crown can be fitted over the implant, restoring natural oral function.
Are you looking for a long-term solution to tooth loss? Albright Family Dental offers this advanced restorative treatment to patients in and around Everett, WA. While the treatment timeline is longer than traditional prosthetics, many of our patients report that their dental implant feels and functions like a natural tooth.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a great solution for tooth loss, whether you have experienced the loss of one, two, or more teeth. A typical dental implant uses one implant post and one dental crown to replace a missing tooth. If you are missing multiple consecutive teeth, you may be a candidate for an implant-retained dental bridge or denture. If you have questions about your restorative options, please let one of our doctors know.
Implant placement requires oral surgery. As with any surgical procedure, candidates should not be on any form of medication that can interfere with recovery. During your dental implant consultation, one of our doctors will determine if you are in good oral and overall health before scheduling your implant placement.
If there is a barrier to candidacy, it may relate to jawbone density. Patients will need to have adequate jawbone tissue to receive the post. The absence of one or more teeth can lead to jaw atrophy over time. Bone graft surgery can restore your candidacy for dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants require a longer treatment timeline, but many of our patients have found that the wait is worth it. Traditional prosthetics attach to neighboring teeth or directly to gum tissue. This can lead to gum irritation or the premature wearing of teeth that anchor the prosthetic. Traditional prosthetics also tend to require periodic maintenance and adjustment.
The main benefit of dental implants is that the implant post and crown feel and function like natural teeth. Implants are anchored directly into the jawbone, meaning that there rarely (if ever) are issues when eating. If you are dissatisfied with your current prosthetic, one of our doctors will be glad to explain how you may benefit from undergoing dental implant placement.
How Will I Receive My Dental Implant?
There are three basic steps to undergoing dental implant placement. First, you will need to undergo a straightforward oral surgery to receive the implant post. This procedure is done using a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. Once you are comfortable, your doctor will make a small incision in your gums. Then, the implant post will be placed in your jawbone and any incisions will be sutured closed. Full recovery from this initial surgery will take four to six months because the implant post needs to fully fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. You may be fitted with a temporary crown while you recover.
Toward the end of your recovery, a second visit will be scheduled to attach a small metal device called an abutment. This is a device that allows your dental crown to connect to the implant. The abutment is attached through minor surgery. Once the tissue around the abutment has healed, you will be fitted with your custom dental crown. The ceramic crown can last 10 years or longer while the implant post can last a lifetime. Maintaining good oral health while visiting our office for regular cleanings can ensure that you enjoy a lifetime of dental implant use.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
Dental implants offer many cosmetic and restorative benefits. If you are looking for a long-term solution to tooth loss, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to learn about the many benefits of dental implants.