Prosthodontics – Dental Implant
Tooth loss can happen for some different reasons, including gum disease, facial trauma, or severe tooth decay. Teeth may fall out on their own, or they may need to be extracted. However you lose your teeth, it is essential that you replace them right away. Traditionally, teeth have been replaced with bridges or dentures. At Pacific Modern Dentistry, we can provide you with an alternative using dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. While the concept of implants has been around for thousands of years, the implants we use today to replace teeth are the result of an accidental discovery in the 1950s. During this time, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon found that bone fused to titanium. This discovery led him to the eventual development of modern-day dental implants. Since their discovery, continued research and development have led to the implants we use now.
Dental implants consist of three components.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are incredibly versatile and can be used in many different situations. Types of dental implants include:
What to Expect During Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants require a surgical procedure for placement. The procedure is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. Small incisions are made in the gums, which provides access to the jawbone. Next, holes are drilled into the bone, and the titanium posts are placed directly inside. Your gums are sutured closed, and temporary teeth are placed.
As you heal, your jawbone gradually fuses to the implant posts, stabilizing them in your jaw. Healing can take several weeks to several months. Once you have fully healed, impressions of your mouth are taken, and your permanent restorations are created and placed.
What Benefits Do Implants Offer?
There are many benefits associated with dental implants.
Are There Any Drawbacks to Dental Implants?
Even though there are some incredible benefits that come with dental implants, there are also a few drawbacks as well.
Dental implants are an incredible treatment that provides you with a unique alternative to bridges and dentures. Call Pacific Modern Dentistry today at (206) 607-9822 to learn more and find out if dental implants are right for you.