If you've lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
A dental implant is a surgical element placed in alveolar bone, which allows for tooth replacement. It consists of a post to replace the tooth root and a crown to replace the portion of the tooth above the gum line. An implant replaces a missing tooth without relying on adjacent teeth for strength and support. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants improves speech, appearance, comfort, eating and overall oral health.
Advantages of Implants over Removable Dentures or Bridges
- The instability of conventional bridges and dentures can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force.
- Implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth since they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are integrated (fused) to the jaw bone, whereas dentures rest on the soft tissue and remaining teeth and bridges affix to the adjacent teeth.
- Implants will typically last a lifetime if they’re cared for properly, while bridges usually only last ten years.
The Implant Process
Dental implants at Barkley Boulevard Dental Care involve precise preparation and attention to detail, which results in an aesthetic result that duplicates the look and feel of a natural tooth as much as possible.
To get an implant at our Bellingham, WA dental office, you start out with site evaluation and preparation. This may include bone grafting or contouring. Then, the implant is placed into the bone. Once the Implant is integrated with the bone, it can be restored with a crown.
Dr. Seelye has been placing dental implants since 2008. He works closely with a local periodontist to coordinate care that requires involved procedures, though most implant cases can be handled in house. This allows our patients a continuity of care and peace of mind knowing their oral health is in the hands of people they trust.
Consider your dental implants to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and regular exams and cleanings at Barkley Boulevard Dental Care. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your implants, the longer they will last.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease. To learn more about dental implants, and how they can improve your oral health, please contact our Bellingham dental office. We look forward to meeting you and restoring your smile to ideal function and beauty.