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By Inland Oral Surgery
June 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Spokane and Colville can remake your smiledental implants

Do you need to remake your smile? Do you have missing teeth, making your smile look incomplete? If so, it’s time to consider dental implants, the modern answer to tooth replacement. Dr. David Gailey at Inland Oral Surgery want to share how you can restore your smile with dental implants. They have three convenient office locations in Spokane and Colville, WA, to help you restore and remake your smile.

If you are missing teeth, you are left with several choices:

  • Not replacing the teeth, but this can cause problems with chewing and digestion, and cause loss of self-confidence because of an unattractive smile
  • Replacing the teeth with a partial or denture, but partials and dentures are unnatural looking, inconvenient, and can move around when you speak and eat
  • Replacing the teeth with a dental bridge, but bridges require preparing the teeth on either side of the bridge, which is not a very conservative option
  • Replacing the teeth with dental implants, the most naturally beautiful, fully functioning tooth replacement available

People love dental implants and you will too because dental implants are:

  • Naturally beautiful; the implant crown is made of light reflective materials just like tooth enamel, so your implant will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
  • Completely stable; dental implants are surrounded and embedded in bone so they won’t move around
  • Long-lasting; they resist stains and will never decay, and with proper care they will last a lifetime
  • Healthy; you can brush and floss dental implants just like natural teeth

When you choose dental implants, you can count on unrivaled success. In fact, dental implants boast a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

For more detailed information about dental implants please visit the Dental Implants page in Services section on the website at

You owe it to yourself to have the best smile possible, and now you can with dental implants. Dental implants are an investment you make in yourself, so don’t go see just anyone, visit the experts at Inland Oral Surgery. Call Dr. Gailey at Inland Oral Surgery, with offices in Spokane and Colville, WA. Start restoring your smile by calling today!

By Inland Oral Surgery
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The gaps in your smile can do more than just affect the way you look, your confidence, or your ability to laugh freely without covering your dental implantsmouth. Missing teeth can also cause a myriad of dental and health issues which can quickly affect your quality of life. However, dental implants can replace your missing teeth and, unlike other tooth replacement options, their roots, making them the ideal choice for decreasing the chances of these dental issues and restoring your smile to one that you will love. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. David Gailey at Inland Oral Surgery with locations in the South Hill and Wandermere areas in Spokane and Colville, WA.

What can dental implants do for me? 
Dental implants can help your smile whether you have a single gap or need to replace all the teeth on one or both of your arches. A dental implant will replace your missing tooth. However, unlike other options for tooth replacement, an implant will also replace your tooth’s root. Thanks to its design, implants sit within the jawbone in your mouth. The bone grows around the implant to hold it securely in place. This adequately stimulates the bone to avoid issues such as bone atrophy, which comes along with several unsightly side effects like sagging facial skin or premature aging.

Types of Dental Implants
A single dental implant stands on its own, not depending on the surrounding teeth like a dental bridge. To replace several teeth in a row, your oral surgeon will use multiple tooth replacement. Two implants on either side of a bridge-like restoration hold it in place. If a patient requires replacement of an entire arch of teeth, an implant-supported denture may benefit them most. Oral surgeons often use these types of implants alongside each other and other cosmetic dentistry procedures to fill in a heavily damaged, gapped, or unaesthetic smile.

Dental Implants in Spokane and Colville, WA
For more information on dental implants, please contact your oral or maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Gailey at Inland Oral Surgery with locations in the South Hill and Wandermere areas in Spokane and Colville, WA. Call (509) 321-1404 to schedule your appointment at any of the three locations today!

By Inland Oral Surgery
June 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Knowing the process of dental procedures can help put any concerns that a patient might have to rest. That's why Dr. dental implantsGailey of Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, WA, believe in providing all the details of oral surgery procedures to their patients. Here, they explain the process behind placing dental implants, which seamlessly replace missing teeth.

Post placement

The first step in getting a dental implant is the placement of the post. These tiny implements are made from lightweight metal and can be thought of the root in the dental implant's artificial tooth structure. Your oral surgeon prepares the area where the dental implant is to be placed, known as the host site, by making an incision in the gum tissue to allow access to the jawbone underneath. Once the implant is placed, a tiny cap fitted on top that will seal the host site before stitching the gum tissue back into place. You can expect to spend between one and two hours at Inland Oral Surgery for this part of the implant installation.

Abutment placement

The host site will heal within a week or so, but it will take a few months - usually between three and six - before the dental implant's post has fused with the jawbone and is ready for the next step. Your Spokane oral surgeon will make another incision in the gum tissue to expose the cap of the post, which is where the abutment will be attached. This is typically a minor procedure and may be combined with the next step: attachment of the crown.

Crown placement

Your implant's crown is the only visible portion, so it needs to look and feel natural. Your oral surgeon will use x-rays and other images to ensure that the crown of your implant fits into the space it will be occupying. A color chart will be used to make sure it matches with your natural teeth. A dental laboratory will carefully fabricate the crown to look completely realistic, except it will have an indentation on the underneath side where it will be cemented to the abutment.

If you need more information about dental implants, Dr. Gailey are happy to provide it! Contact Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, WA, today!

By Inland Oral Surgery
January 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Americans are very concerned about the appearance of their smiles. According to research by IBISWorld, cosmetic dentistry is a $3 dental implantsbillion per year industry. One cosmetic problem that some patients urgently want to fix is smile gaps caused by missing teeth. If you're insecure about the appearance of your teeth for this reason, know that you don't have to live forever with a gapped smile. Dental implants by Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane can fill in those gaps and give you a stronger, healthier and more attractive smile.

Living with a Gapped Smile
Smiling with confidence isn’t always easy when there’s a large gap. It can make taking photos and participating in basic social interactions a challenge. Having a large space in the teeth could also make a dental patient more vulnerable to oral health problems like gum disease. Food can get trapped in the space and promote the growth of bad bacteria. Also, when you have one or more missing teeth you may find it more difficult to pronounce certain words.

Close Gaps with Dental Implants in Spokane
Dental implants allow your Spokane dentist to replace missing teeth. The crown that’s placed on top of the dental implant can be shaped to perfectly fill in the space between the teeth. In the case of a row of missing teeth, a custom device called an “All on 4” can be created. It’s a denture that’s made with four dental implants that keep it anchored to your gumline.

Permanent Results
The best part of getting dental implants to closed a gapped smile is that the results are permanent. With dentures, the device can be removed and must be replaced at intervals. With dental implants, you don’t have to worry about taking the device out periodically to clean it or when you’re sleeping. Dental implants will last for decades if you prioritize good oral health habits.

Gapped Smile No More
See a dentist at Inland Oral Surgery to discuss how your gapped smile can be fixed with dental implants. Call the Spokane office at (509) 321-1404 today for an initial consultation.