We all hope our teeth will last a lifetime, but sometimes, decay or injury get in the way. When that happens, the next best thing to your original teeth are dental implants—a permanent, attractive, and comfortable alternative to dentures. If your smile is in need of repair, ask Dr. Neda Goharkhay, your dentist at Sammamish Dental Center in Issaquah, WA, if dental implants are right for you.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a post that supports an artificial tooth so that it looks and performs just like a natural tooth. The screw-like bottom of the implant is secured in your jaw beneath the gums, just like the root of an original tooth. This provides unmatched support for the artificial tooth and ensures that it doesn't slip or move when you eat, drink, or talk.
Dental implants come in two styles: endosteal (which are surgically implanted into the jawbone) and subperiosteal (which are fitted onto the jawbone below the gum tissue). Dental implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full top or bottom set.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth, meaning you won't have to worry about showing your smile.
- Comfort: Unlike dentures, dental implants won't shift or rub around in your mouth.
- Convenience: Because dental implants are permanent, you can brush and floss your teeth just as you always have.
- Health benefits: Because implants fuse with the bone, your jawline is less likely to deteriorate. Accordingly, since your dental implants function like normal teeth, you can easily chew raw vegetables, crisp fruits, nuts, and other healthy foods.
How will my Issaquah dentist place my dental implants?
First, your dentist will numb your mouth with local anesthesia, thus ensuring a discomfort free procedure. Next, she will place the implant directly into the jawbone, allowing the bone to grow around the implant over time, holding it securely in place. Your dentist may also affix a temporary replacement tooth at this time.
Following this procedure, you will wait for the implant to fully integrate into your jawbone (a process which might take a few months) before returning to our Issaquah office for a follow-up appointment where we will attaching a cap to your permanent replacement tooth.
How do I take care of my dental implant?
These implants will be with you for life, so it is necessary to care for them just like you would your natural teeth. Proper brushing, daily flossing, and regular teeth cleanings with your Issaquah dentist are essential.
Interested? Give us a call
Schedule an appointment with Sammamish Dental Center in Issaquah, WA, today at (425) 369-9100!