Even with adequate dental care, millions of Americans suffer from gum disease and tooth loss. Not only can damaged or missing teeth be unhygienic and risky to your health, but they can also considerably affect your self-confidence.
At Marine Hills Dentistry in Federal Way, Washington, we provide advanced dental implants to help overcome your missing tooth problems and showcase the best version of your smile.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post surgically implanted into the jawbone that imitates and replaces the missing tooth root. The implant is covered with a natural-looking prosthetic tooth. The replacement implant never comes loose while eating or talking and fully restores your smile’s appearance.
Who Needs Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an exceptional solution for replacing teeth lost due to tooth decay, gum disease, injury (when the tooth cannot be repaired), or failed root canal therapy. If the missing tooth's gap is not addressed, it can allow the surrounding teeth to occupy that space and change how you eat, speak, or look. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone stops receiving any stimulation, and that area will begin to decline. A dental implant will prevent the harmful consequences of missing teeth. It will be just like having your natural teeth again, only better!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants will improve your oral health since you won’t have to worry about bacteria accumulating underneath dentures or bridges or jawbone loss. Dentures can also cause speech to sound slurred if loose in the mouth, but dental implants also improve speech quality. Since implants are placed in the jawbone, they are as durable as natural tooth roots, and the replacement teeth placed on top of these metal posts are secure and permanently attached.
The Dental Implants Process
The first step is determining your suitability for dental implants based on a few criteria. Dr. Dennis Hahn will discuss the procedure during your consultation, including the required number of implants, the possible treatment duration, and expenditure.
The next step is the placement of the implant stud into the jawbone. Before starting the implantation, local anesthesia is administered to make you comfortable. Once the affected area is numb, we will insert the metal stud in your jawbone and suture the incision.
The implant will fuse to the jawbone over the next few months and create a solid base for the prosthetic crown. Once your jaw heals, we will attach the abutment to the dental implant and top it up with a crown restoration.
To learn more about our implant crown restorations, visit the Marine Hills Dentistry office at 1500 S Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98003. You can also reach Dentist in Federal Way, WA at (253) 839-2800.