Dental Implants

Offering Dental Implants at Yeates Family Dental

When it comes to restoring the look and function of a tooth or teeth, the only permanent solution in the dental industry today is dental implants. Not only do dental implants last a lifetime, but they are stronger, more realistic, and prevent further bone loss in a client’s mouth. As part of our restorative dentistry service in Skagit County, they are our preferred choice for providing clients with a fully intact tooth and smile.

What are Dental Implants Made From?

There are three main parts to a dental implant, regardless of how many teeth are being replaced. The first part of the dental implant is the titanium rod. This is surgically implanted in a client’s gum. Titanium is known to graft with human bone to create a permanent bond. This guarantees that the dental implant will last for the rest of your life. The second part of the dental implant is the abutment. This is the part of the implant that will attach the titanium rod to the part of the tooth that sticks out about the gums, also known as the crown. The crown is specifically crafted for each person’s mouth and will look and feel just like your other teeth. It is permanently adhered to the abutment and titanium rod.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have numerous benefits, and that’s why so many dentists recommend them as the leading way to restore a client’s teeth and smile. Here are just some of the many benefits of using dental implants in restorative dentistry:

  • Maintain bone integrity in the area where the original tooth has been lost or removed
  • Prevent other teeth from crowding and moving into the space
  • They look and feel like your natural teeth
  • They maintain the structure and look of your mouth and face
  • They can improve the way you speak and eat
  • No denture creams or cleansers necessary: you can brush and floss dental implants just like your real teeth
  • They are permanent, so there’s no need to undergo treatment every few years

How are Dental Implants Placed?

It can take several months to complete the process of placing dental implants in a client’s mouth. This is because there are several steps involved in the procedure. The first step is to remove any teeth that may be still present in the mouth and place the titanium rod in the gums. This can be done at the same time, and then clients need time to heal while their titanium rod grafts to their existing jawbone. This can take several months depending on the client. While you wait for your gums to heal, you’ll be given a temporary crown to hide the space in your teeth. Once the gums have been healed, a permanent crown will be placed on the titanium rod and cleaned and polished. The permanent crown isn’t placed immediately following the insertion of the titanium rod because it is important to make sure grafting has been successful before proceeding with the treatment.

Dental Implants and Dentures

Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or a client’s entire mouth of teeth. Dental implants can be used in conjunction with dentures to make them permanent. Several titanium rods can be inserted into the gums are various places, and once they have healed, the dentures can be placed on the rods to create a permanent bond. This is a desirable option for people who have lost all of their teeth or who want all of their teeth replaced. It ensures the integrity of the bone, jaw, mouth, and teeth in the best way possible.

How to Care for Your Dental Implants

Once the procedure has been completed, you will be able to brush, floss and clean your dental implant just like you would your other teeth. When cared for properly, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Porcelain crowns can become worn or cracked if they aren’t cared for properly, so regular dental visits and follow up appointments will be required to ensure there are no issues with your dental implant. Otherwise, once it is set, you don’t need to worry about your dental implant, or having missing teeth, ever again.

Book a Consultation Today

If you want to learn more about how restorative dental services, such as dental implants, can improve the function of your teeth, call Yeates Family Dental to book a consultation. We look forward to working with you to restore the look and function of your teeth so that you can get on with your life without worrying about how your smile looks!