Implant restorations refer to replacing missing teeth using dental implants as the foundation. Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots. Once the implants have fused with the jawbone, they can be restored with prosthetic teeth or dental restorations.
Unlike bridges or dentures, implants are permanent and feel completely natural. They do not require any special care beyond routine brushing and flossing and regular checkups and cleanings. At First Smile Family Dental, our dentist will customize your treatment plan based on your oral health needs and where the implant will be placed. Many patients with missing teeth or poor gum health can benefit from getting dental implants.
The Procedure for Dental Implant
Your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic and incision the gum tissue to reach the jawbone. They may use X-rays to create a model of the area, allowing them to plan where the implant will be placed carefully. The dental implant will be inserted into the jaw bone during a surgical procedure that can take an hour or more. Once it’s secure, the gums are stitched back over the post, and the process is finished with a temporary restoration.
Over the next three to six months, your bone and tissues will heal around your new implant. During this time, your dentist may schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the healing and ensure the implant fuses correctly with the surrounding tissues and bone. If the process works well, your implant can be restored permanently. This crown or bridge will look and function just like natural teeth.
Once the implant has fused completely, you can eat, speak, and brush your teeth normally again. Caring for implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth, but it’s still important to see your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. These regular visits will help ensure your smile stays healthy for years.
The Benefits of Implant Restorations
Implant restorations are customized to match the surrounding natural teeth' color, size, and shape. This ensures a seamless and natural appearance, enhancing the patient's smile and overall aesthetics.
Compared to traditional removable dentures or bridges, implant restorations improve stability, functionality, and chewing efficiency. They mimic the feel and function of natural teeth, allowing patients to eat, speak, and smile confidently.
Longevity and Durability
With proper care and maintenance, implant restorations can last a lifetime. Regular oral hygiene practices, routine dental check-ups, and professional cleanings are essential to ensure the longevity and success of implant restorations.
Implant restorations provide numerous benefits, including improved aesthetics, enhanced chewing function, and increased confidence in one's smile. To determine if you are a suitable candidate for implant restorations and to discuss the best treatment plan for your specific needs, visit First Smile Family Dental at 32717 1st Ave S., Suite 9, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 785-7323.