Issaquah Dental Implants
Dental Implants For a Healthier Smile
Getting dental implants is a great way to restore the feel and the functionality of your mouth after tooth loss. Beyond the abilities of dentures or crowns and bridges, dental implants offer a superior fit to perform just like your natural teeth once could. Together we can help you get your life back with a full set of beautiful, healthy teeth.
The Dental Implant Process
Are you missing a tooth, or at risk of tooth loss? Dental implants from Eastside Family Dentistry! You don’t have to feel stuck or embarrassed by tooth loss as it interferes with your daily life. Call us at (425) 391-9200 to find out more about your options for your lasting health and smile at your restorative dentist in Issaquah.
What To Expect During Your First Dental Implant Appointment
The first part of the process for getting dental implants is having Dr. Alexandra Cristescu fully examine your mouth, assess the current state of health that you are in, and determine if you would be a good candidate for dental implants. If you have been keeping up with positive oral health and don’t smoke, you increase your chances of being a strong candidate for a dental implant.
The Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants have a number of unique benefits that other restorative treatments don’t offer:
- Permanent smile restoration – Unlike some alternative treatments, like a partial denture or a dental bridge, dental implants are permanent. With proper placement and care, you can expect a dental implant to last 30 years or longer. In fact, many patients keep a dental implant for the rest of their lives.
- Little care or upkeep required – To care for a dental implant, you simply need to brush and floss around the area, just like you would brush and floss a normal tooth. In addition, you should come into Eastside Family Dentistry for a cleaning and an oral exam every six months to make sure your teeth and gums remain healthy and strong.
- Promotes a strong, healthy jaw bone – Dental implants prevent bone resorption after tooth loss. When you lose a tooth, the bone below the missing tooth tends to degenerate, weakening your jaw and even causing your facial structure to change. This happens even with a denture or a dental bridge, but a dental implant prevents bone loss and encourages a healthier jaw.
- Looks and feels completely natural – A dental implant with a crown (false tooth) is completely indistinguishable from a natural tooth. It will look natural to others, and it will also feel completely natural when you are chewing, smiling, and speaking.
- Very cost-effective – Though they are an initial investment up front, dental implants are permanent and can last more than 30 years with proper care, which makes the overall long-term cost of a dental implant is quite reasonable. In some cases, implants may even end up being more affordable than the cost of having a bridge or denture replaced every 5-15 years.
Candidates For Dental Implants
To be a good candidate for dental implants, patients must meet a few criteria. First, your gums and teeth must be healthy, and you must be free of major oral issues like serious cavities or gum disease.
In addition, your jaw must be strong and be able to support a dental implant, though bone grafting and sinus lifts can be used to add more bone structure, if necessary.
In most cases, patients who do not use tobacco, or are willing to stop using tobacco throughout the entire implant process are also preferred. Tobacco use can prevent proper healing of dental implants and contribute to poor overall oral health outcomes. Still not sure if you’re a good candidate? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexandra Cristescu right away.
How Do Dental Implants Prevent Bone Degeneration after Tooth Loss?
Dental implants prevent bone loss by stimulating the jaw bone after you’ve lost one of your natural teeth. Essentially, dental implants prevent bone loss by acting as an artificial “root.” The roots of your teeth are connected to your jaw and gum tissue. When you bite, chew, and smile, the pressure is placed on the roots of your teeth and transmitted to the jaw. In turn, this stimulates bone and keeps it strong.
However, when you lose a tooth, no more pressure is transmitted to the jaw bone and over time, this means the bone will become weak and deteriorate. Dental implants are placed directly into your jaw bone and simulate a natural tooth root. This means that they transmit pressure and force into your jaw when you chew, smile and bite. In turn, this keeps the bone tissue from deteriorating.
Celebrate Your Best Smile With Dental Implants
After Dr. Cristescu attaches the dental crown to the abutment, you may leave your next appointment with a new sense of confidence and your new, functional tooth. Tooth replacement returns your tooth’s purpose: chewing, speaking, and smiling like you did before you lost your teeth. With dental implants, you may enjoy your renewed smile for as long as a lifetime with proper care.
Your Issaquah Dental Implant Dentist For Lasting Smiles
If you want to find out more about dental implants, give us a call. You can come in and have a consultation with Dr. Cristescu and she can explain the process to you. Moving forward with this process not only restores your smile but the full function of your mouth. Call us today!
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