Dentists are in the business of saving your natural teeth whenever possible. When that’s not an option, dental implants can be the next best thing. Garrett Gentling, DDS, leads an expert dental team at Gentling Smiles in Shoreline, Washington. Dr. Gentling has advanced training in implant placement and offers the best results for long-lasting implants. Call today for a consultation regarding dental implants, or book your appointment online.
Beyond the cosmetic appeal, replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant can prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of place and causing issues in the future. Implants are also excellent alternatives for partial bridges and even full dentures.
The “implant” is a biocompatible titanium alloy fixture that’s surgically implanted into your jaw and takes the place of your natural root system. Over time, the bony tissue in your jaw firmly integrates the implant into position in a process called osseointegration, which involves your body accepting the foreign object so that it can heal correctly.
Dr. Gentling later attaches a porcelain crown to the fixture to create a cosmetically appealing replacement that blends perfectly with your surrounding teeth. Dental implants can also be used to replace several missing teeth or can even be used as full dentures.
Dental implants are one of the most effective options for replacing missing teeth and probably the closest you can get to natural teeth when it comes to comfort and appearance. Unlike bridges or dentures, they’re permanently affixed via your jaw bone and remain in place through meals, overnight, and during cleaning.
Unlike dentures that cover your gums and the roof of your mouth, implants don’t interfere with your sense of taste or alter the coloring of your gums. You won’t experience the slippage that can occur with speaking or eating while you’re wearing dentures. They won’t form cavities, but you’ll still need routine dental visits to maintain gum health and keep your implants and crowns looking bright and natural. They don’t require replacement and can last for years with the right oral care.
An implant definitely requires more than one visit, but the timeline otherwise varies. It may depend on how many teeth are being replaced, the condition of your jaw, and how quickly you heal. During your consultation regarding implants, Dr. Gentling will make recommendations based on your exam and expectations you have regarding implants.
If you’re considering getting dental implants, contact the expert team at Gentling Smiles today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.