If you have lost a tooth or several teeth, you may wonder what your options are for restoring your smile. At Mountain View Dental Center in Anacortes, WA, our doctors recommend dental implants as the gold standard for tooth replacement.
Dental implants are used to replace teeth that are missing due to injury or disease. They are a titanium post that is placed in your jawbone and then a crown is attached to the implant. This post mimics a tooth root in form and function, and the crown acts as the visible portion of the tooth.
Implants or Bridges?
The advantages of dental implants are that, unlike a bridge, you do not have to drill down adjacent teeth to replace one missing tooth. This means a more conservative approach to replace missing teeth. Implants also can be used for denture retention, allowing the denture to ‘snap’ in and out of the mouth like a snap on a jacket. Implants have a very high success rate and, because they are metal, you cannot get a cavity on them!
Dental Implants at Mountain View Dental Center
Our Anacortes dentists work with a local periodontist or oral surgeon for the surgical portion of the implant process. This includes the placement of the implant post into the jawbone. During the procedure, you will be numb like you would be for the placement of a filling. The ideal sized implant is placed into the jawbone and allowed to heal for a period of time. Once the implant has integrated into the bone, a crown is attached to the implant. This gives you function and aesthetics very much like a natural tooth.
When it comes to your implant procedure, we take the time to communicate well with your surgeon to ensure that the implant is placed in the ideal position in the bone to result in excellent function and cosmetics. We also use a custom abutment (the piece that attaches the implant to the crown) on all cases. This custom abutment is tailored individually for each case depending on soft tissue height, depth of the implant, and contour of the soft tissues. This ensures an aesthetic and hygienic outcome.
Caring for Your Implant
Home care for dental implants is just like any other tooth. They need to be brushed, flossed, and examined at your periodic dental exams at our Anacortes dental office to ensure all looks good and the tissues are healthy.