If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, you might think dentures or bridges are your only replacement option. Fortunately, that’s far from the case. Dental implants mimic the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth and can effectively restore your confidence. Sheena Gaur, DDS, and the team at Kirkland Premier Dentistry are proud to offer men and women in the Kirkland, Washington, area access to dental implants. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Dental implants are small, metal posts that act as replacement tooth roots. They’re implanted into your jawbone and attached to a small connector known as an abutment. Your dentist then attaches a crown to the abutment, completing your dental implants.
Dental implants are unique in that they don’t depend on your surrounding teeth for support. You can’t remove them either.
Dental implants are typically recommended for adults with good oral health who are missing one or multiple teeth. Because dental implants are surgically fused to your jawbone, it’s crucial that your jaws and gums are both healthy and disease-free.
If you smoke cigarettes, use chewing tobacco, or are living with a chronic disorder such as diabetes or heart disease, you may not qualify. The best way to determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with the team at Kirkland Premier Dentistry.
The process of getting dental implants can take anywhere between six months and a year. Although this may seem like a significant amount of time, remember that the end result is replacement teeth that last a lifetime.
First, is the installation process. This involves your dentist applying a local anesthetic to your gums and teeth ensuring you feel no pain. Once the anesthesia sets in, titanium posts are implanted into your jaw bone.
Once this is complete, you return home. A week or two later, after your gums heal, you return to the office and your dentist takes molds of your teeth. These molds are sent to a laboratory which uses the impressions to manufacture pontics or false teeth.
Three to six months later, after your implants heal, you return to the office and your dentist applies your prosthetic teeth to their abutments. Once finished, you’ll be provided with a list of simple care instructions.
As long as you brush and floss twice every day and visit Kirkland Premier Dentistry regularly, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of dental implants, call or use the online booking tool to request an appointment at Kirkland Premier Dentistry today.