What are Dental Implants?
Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.
Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.
Like any restoration, dental implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Thinking about dental implants? Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of teeth. Dr. Kianoosh Behshid of Fine Dental Arts, which is located in Bellevue, WA, offers a full range of dental services, including dental implants. Here are five extraordinary benefits of dental implants.
#1- Beautify Your Smile
Missing teeth can ruin a beautiful smile. Dental implants can fill in your smile's gaps and improve your appearance. Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. With dental implants, you will look and feel younger and more attractive.
#2- Improve Oral Function
Dental implants fit, feel, and act like natural teeth. Missing teeth can make it difficult for people to pronounce certain words. Dental implants can improve your clarity of speech. Tooth loss can also make it difficult for people to chew food. With dental implants, you will experience a dramatic improvement in chewing ability.
#3- Stop Jawbone Loss
The most common cause of jawbone loss is a missing tooth left unreplaced. Dental implants help to prevent bone loss and stimulate bone growth. Dental implants distribute chewing forces throughout the bone and minimize the wearing away of the bone.
#4- Prevent Teeth Shifting
Although your teeth feel as if they are set in the jawbone, they are capable of drifting out of place. When people lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth begin to shift out of place. Dental implants can prevent your existing teeth from moving out of place.
#5- Increase Your Self-Esteem
Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience for many people. Tooth loss can lead to low self-esteem which can affect the quality of a people's lives in many different ways. Dental implants can restore your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
Dental Implant Restoration
The highly-skilled dentists at Fine Dental Arts offer a wide range of restorative dental treatments, including dental implant restorations. Dr. Behshid believes dental implants provide the most natural-looking and functioning tooth replacement choice available today in in Bellevue, WA.
It All Starts with Tooth Loss
The need for state of the art tooth replacement options begins with tooth loss. Accident, extensive decay, and congenital defect can compromise tooth structure to the extent that extraction is the only course of action. Additionally, advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, remains the number one cause of tooth loss among American adults, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Fortunately, tooth loss--involving one tooth or multiples--does not have to spoil smile aesthetics, facial features, eating or speaking. The dentists at Fine Dental Arts in Bellevue, WA have the expertise to evaluate prospective implant patients and to place custom-fabricated dental implants and lifelike restorations, such as porcelain crowns, for well-functioning, no-gap smiles.
The Implant Process
Sometimes patients require bone grafting from human or animal sources to augment jaw bone weakened by extraction. This relatively quick and comfortable process provides a stable base for in-office insertion of a metal dental implant device.
Composed of titanium, the dental implant screws right into the jaw. The dentists at Fine Dental Arts use cutting edge dental implants which are known for their design stability and affinity for human bone. Through a process called osseointegration, the dental implant melds with the jaw, providing it with a large measure of strength and density.
After some healing time, the dentist places an extension post on the implant and then a custom-fabricated porcelain crown as the final dental implant restoration. Dental implants and their restorations may be placed singly or in multiples. They also support partial or full dentures for the best fitting, biting and speaking available to the restorative dentistry patient.
Life with Dental Implant Restorations
Dental implants last for a lifetime. They do not decay or shift position. The only real threat to their survival is peri-implantitis, an inflammatory and infectious process much like advanced gum disease. Peri-implantitis comes from:
- smoking or chewing tobacco
- poor oral or overall health (uncontrolled diabetes, for example)
- negligent dental hygiene
With good in-home brushing and flossing and regular preventive visits to East Coast Dental Implants, these restorations function well and look great for decades.
Are you interested in restoring your smile?
Fine Dental Arts offers Dental Implants in Bellevue, WA
Call our office at (425) 558-0909 to learn more today!