Dental Implants Pullman, WA
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history.
Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Drs. Torrey and Erickson are able to place single stage implants.
These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed.
There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between a periodontist and a restorative dentist. Drs. Torrey or Erickson performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.
The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures.
Phase One: Implant Placement
First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone.
You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins.
Phase Two: Uncovering and Restoration
The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Torrey or Erickson can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants.
The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Improved function and aesthetics.
- Increased comfort compared to traditional dentures.
- Better oral health due to improved bite and reduced risk of bone loss.
- A long-term solution for tooth replacement that can last for many years with proper care.
Dental implants are an effective solution for replacing missing or damaged teeth.
By understanding the dental implant process and working with a qualified dental professional like Dr. Torrey, patients can enjoy the benefits of dental implants for years to come.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Torrey and learn more about how dental implants can improve your oral health and quality of life.
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