At Serenity Dental, dental implants are permanent replacement teeth surgically implanted into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. Implants are the most natural-looking and longest-lasting option for replacing missing teeth. Due to their durability, patients can expect implants to last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and regular checkups at the dentist’s office.
The implant itself is a small titanium post that replaces the missing tooth's root. Because titanium is biocompatible, the surrounding bone tissue can eventually fuse to it through a process known as osseointegration. This creates a very stable and durable anchor for an artificial tooth. An abutment is then attached to the implant to enable it to attach to a tooth replacement prosthetic that will replace the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. This completes the restoration process and creates a natural-looking new tooth.
In most cases, a temporary crown is placed onto the abutment while the gums heal from the surgery while the permanent crown is being fabricated. Once the healing process is complete, the temporary crown will be removed and the custom-made permanent dental crown will be attached to the abutment, fitting in your mouth perfectly in size and shape. It will match the color and appearance of the other healthy teeth in your mouth.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal Dental Implants
An endosteal implant is a type of dental implant surgically implanted into the jawbone to function as the replacement tooth's root. Once integrated with the jawbone, the implant is an anchor for artificial teeth attached to it.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
Subperiosteal implants are custom crafted to fit a patient with missing teeth through minor surgery. These implants are placed on top of the jawbone, with the metal posts of the implants protruding through the gums. Subperiosteal implants can be used if the patient lacks the bone density to support an endosteal implant.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants look and function just like natural teeth. They are permanent, so you don’t have to worry about them slipping out of place or falling out at inconvenient times the way dentures can. You can chew and speak just as you would with your natural teeth. And because the attached crowns are made of porcelain, the implant restorations won’t stain or change color as easily as does natural teeth.
Prevent Jawbone Deterioration
When a tooth is lost, the supporting bone and tissue will deteriorate. As the bone shrinks away, it can change your physical appearance and cause changes to your facial structure. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents further bone deterioration by continuing to stimulate the jawbone. This makes them a great long-term solution since you won’t have to replace them as often as you would other options for tooth replacement.
If you are missing one or more teeth and are interested in restoring the function and beauty of your smile with dental implants, visit Serenity Dental at 15701 East Sprague Ave. Suite F, Spokane Valley, WA 99037; or at 12 E Rowan Ave. Suite 4, Spokane, WA 99207. Please call (509) 919-1471 or (509) 483-2264 respectively to schedule an appointment at either location.