Dental implants replace tooth roots. Dr. Sunwoo, of Bellevue Dental Excellence in Bellevue, WA, provides patients with the best care. Dental implants consist of a titanium post, an abutment, a screw and a crown that matches the rest of your teeth.
What is the implant process like?
To begin treatment, your dentist will place a titanium post into your jaw during a painless procedure. Next, over a period of 3-6 months, the process of osseointegration takes place, during which the implant will naturally fuse with the jawbone in order to create a base that will provide unmatched stability to your replacement tooth, improve chewing and biting function, and restore that beautiful smile.
Once osseointegration has taken place, Dr. Sunwooo fastens an abutment on top of the implant, before placing a permanent crown atop the entire apparatus.
What are some other advantages of dental implants?
While this procedure takes a bit longer to complete than some other dental replacements, implants have a number of unique advantages, including a 95% success rate, the ability to prevent jawbone shrinkage, and a longevity that can last the rest of your life. Furthermore, because implants are a permanent fixture of your jawbone, you won't have to worry about them falling out of your mouth while eating, chewing, or speaking. Other benefits include:
- Improved appearance
- Improved speech
- Improved comfort
- Easier eating
- Improved self-esteem
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
People need to have good bone density for this procedure. Consequently, your Bellevue dentist will need to examine your teeth and determine if you're a good candidate for treatment. However, even if your bone is a bit thin, a simple bone graft can generally qualify you for treatment in a quick manner.
Do you need a consultation?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding dental implants, don't hesitate to contact Bellevue Dental Excellence today at (425) 378-1600.