What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are synthetic structures resembling a threaded screw, made of titanium or ceramic. These are medical-grade, hypoallergenic materials that are non-reactive with the body. They are placed in the area of the jawbone normally occupied by the root of the missing tooth. After four to six months post-placement, the bone has grown around the threaded implant, locking it into place and anchoring it to the jawbone. The implant can now act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures for greater stability.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. The specialist placing the implant may request CT imaging to determine if the bone is of adequate quality before placing an implant. The bone may need to be augmented or improved before placing an implant, which the specialist will discuss with you.
In general, good candidates who have dental implants can expect high success rates with the procedure. The procedure can take several visits. During the first visit, an anchor is placed into the jawbone and the site is allowed to heal for several weeks or months. This gives your tissue time to grow around the anchor to more firmly hold it in place. During a follow-up visit, an artificial, natural-looking tooth is fitted over the implanted anchor.
Dental Implants: In A Nutshell
- Are the most advanced tooth replacement system ever devised
- Look and function like natural teeth.
- Have a 95% success rate.
- Are placed and restored in the doctor's office with minimal discomfort, if any.
- Never develop decay, and never need a root canal.
- Allow you to eat foods you love, and talk, smile and laugh with confidence.
- Represent a conservative option by leaving the adjacent teeth untouched.
- Help preserve the jawbone to prevent the appearance of premature aging.
- Can completely eliminate the need for a denture, or stabilize an existing one.
Do you think that you are a good candidate for dental implants?
Call Dr. Kimberly Chapman today at (425) 488-6120 to schedule your consultation at our Bothell, WA office!