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Dental Implants

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Single Tooth Implant

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.


Why Replace Missing Tooth?

When you lose a tooth, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, causing them to shift. Opposing teeth may even begin to extrude out of the socket, which means they too could eventually be lost.

As your bite changes, it gets more difficult to chew your food, and you may suffer damage to your jaw joint. It’s also much harder to clean teeth that have shifted; harmful plaque and tartar collect in the new hard-to-reach places created by the shifting, causing tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Also, without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is.

There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.


Benefits of Implants

An implant and crown is practically indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and it fits so securely that you won’t even notice it when you chew and speak. When we place an implant, it’s not necessary for us to alter the structure of the adjacent teeth, so their strength and integrity is maintained. Also, an implant replaces the roots of a missing tooth, which helps to lessen the bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing. In essence, an implant is the next best thing to your natural tooth.


Course of Treatment

Edmonds Dental Implants


BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.


INSTALLING THE IMPLANT

The implant is placed into the bone and covered with a protective healing cap while it is allowed to heal.


ATTACHING THE NEW CROWN

After healing, an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment can be adjusted and shaped to allow the replacement tooth.


END RESULT

Then the final step is to affix a crown to the abutment. The crown is shaped and colored to match your surrounding teeth. You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth.





Multiple Teeth Implants

When the three or more teeth are missing, the only real replacement alternative is installing a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.


Course of Treatment

Edmonds Dental Implants

BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

Three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only real replacement alternative is installing a fixed implant bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.


INSTALLING THE IMPLANT

Implants used to support a bridge are placed and allowed to surrounding bone in the same manner as a single tooth implant. After the appropriate healing time, healing abutments are placed on each implant to allow contouring of the tissue.


ATTACHING THE BRIDGE

When the implant is securely anchored in the bone, the healing abutments are removed and final abutments are attached to the implants. These function as the core of the replacement teeth that are attached directly to the implants.


END RESULT

The new bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.





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