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DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

What are Dental Implants?

The dental implants themselves are small titanium screws, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Dental implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your doctor will uncover the implants and attach small posts, which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, your doctor may be able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible in select cases to extract teeth, and place implants with crowns or a denture at one visit. This process, called "immediate loading" greatly simplifies the surgical process.

Who actually performs the dental implant placement?

Dental implants are a team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Restorative Dentist. While your oral surgeon performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

What types of prostheses are available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth; each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed one is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Why dental implants?

Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life when you are missing teeth. When you lose several teeth - whether it's a new situation or something you have lived with for years - chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than thirty-five years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why would you select dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?

There are several reasons:

  • You do not have to have adjacent teeth shaved down
  • You can stabilize loose dentures
  • Prevent bone loss

Are you a candidate for dental implants?

If you are considering dental implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If you mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

What type of anesthesia is used?

The majority of dental implant procedures can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without IV anesthesia.

Do Dental implants need special care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

Dental Implants in Spokane WA

If you are considering getting dental implants please call us at (509) 321-1404 to schedule a consultation so we can better answer your questions about dental implant benefits and procedures, as well as cost and financing options.

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2204 East 29th Avenue

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Spokane, WA 99203

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Dental Implants Spokane

The Best Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

Dental implants are usually the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Instead of resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors (fixed bridges), Dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically places in the jawbone.

In the past, our only option to restore a beautiful smile, as well as the ability to eat and speak clearly, was to get a fixed bridge or a removable denture. But fixed bridges and removable dentures are not the perfect solution and often cause a number of other problems. Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. Fixed bridges can cause significant wear and stress on attached teeth, trap food and plaque more easily and cause decay in neighboring healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where teeth are missing. Also, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to 15 years.

Now there is preferred treatment solution for patients who are missing permanent teeth. Dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically places in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that "fuses" with the jawbone through a process called "osseointegration," dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have "false teeth," and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem.

Dental implants have been used with great success since the 1990’s, and the vast majority of dental implants first placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States continue to still function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

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