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Dental Implants | Renton Restorative Dentistry

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What is an implant?

Dental implants are biocompatible posts that replace the roots of your missing teeth. They are physically and biologically designed to attach to your jaw bone and become the foundation for a natural looking restoration.

Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. It is important to replace missing teeth for many reasons:

  • Teeth adjacent to the missing tooth will tip (rotate) into the missing space. Given enough time (many years) the teeth adjacent to the missing space could rotate completely sideways (falling into the space where the missing tooth is).

  • The teeth opposing the missing tooth will grow toward the missing tooth space (a process called super eruption).

  • The combination of rotation and super eruption could lead to a collapse of the bite.

  • The collapse of the bite could lead to sagging of mouth and an older appearance as well as jaw joint problems (TMD, TMJ).

  • Missing teeth decreases your ability to chew and can affect speaking.

  • Missing teeth can negatively affect your smile.

Benefits of implants

An implant and crown is practically indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and it fits so securely that you won’t even notice it when you chew and speak. When we place an implant, it’s not necessary for us to alter the structure of the adjacent teeth, so their strength and integrity is maintained. Also, an implant replaces the roots of a missing tooth, which helps to lessen the bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing. In essence, an implant is the next best thing to your natural tooth.

Course of Treatment

Dental Implant Procedure

Before the procedure
The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.

Dental Implant Procedure

Installing the implant
The implant is placed into the bone and covered with a protective healing cap while it is allowed to heal.

Dental Implant Procedure

Attaching the new crown
After healing, an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment can be adjusted and shaped to allow the replacement tooth.

Dental Implant Procedure

End result
Then the final step is to affix a crown to the abutment. The crown is shaped and colored to match your surrounding teeth. You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth.

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