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WHO NEEDS DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If you need one or more teeth replaced, dental implants may be a great option. No matter the reason — gum disease, tooth decay or injury — many patients have had wonderful results with their dental implants. Dental implants restore your ability to eat, smile, laugh and speak naturally while boosting your confidence.

WHAT BENEFITS DO DENTAL IMPLANTS PROVIDE?

One major benefit of dental implants over bridges or dentures is that the implant provides support for the bone in your jaw. The jaw structure will eventually start to dissolve wherever there are missing teeth, even with dental bridges or dentures. With this restoration, the implant is directly implanted into the jawbone, so the bone structure maintains its integrity.

Another benefit comes because the implant does not need a bulky base, which can often be uncomfortable. They also allow the patient to eat and talk comfortably.

Though modern dentures have improved, implants still look and feel more natural. They are embedded into the gum just like real teeth, giving you more confidence to talk and laugh without hesitation.

Call Impressions Dentistry to discuss your options when restoring missing or injured teeth. We would love to set up a consultation with you and discuss what would be best for your lifestyle and needs.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR PLACING DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Our dental implants in Olympia, Washington, act as a dental root substitute. They have metal anchors which are surgically placed in the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant itself, which protrudes through the gums and provides an anchor for your artificial tooth replacement. Most dental implant procedures take two visits. First, implants are placed in the jawbone and then after a period of three to six months, a surgery is used to bond implants to the jawbone. This is called osseointegration.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, an impression will be made to help start making your new tooth. A post or attachment is connected to the implant and the replacement tooth will be secured to the post or attachment. The entire dental implant procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life and many find that the procedure length well worth the advantages of a replacement tooth. For an implant consultation with our dentist, Dr. Suneet S. Bath, call 360-493-1866.