Dental Implant Options
At Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland, we understand how hard it can be to get through life while missing teeth. Your speech patterns change, it becomes difficult and even painful to eat and the rest of your oral health is adversely effected. Fortunately, we offer a wide variety of dental implant options that can make your life easier and bring your oral health back to where it ought to be.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants represent the most impressive advances in dental technology to date. They allow us to fully replace teeth in both form and function. Whether you are missing a single tooth or need a full arch of teeth, dental implants are made to fit your needs.
Most dental implants consist of three main parts - the screw, the abutment, and the crown or cap.
The Parts of a Dental Implant
is the first piece of a dental implant to be placed in your mouth. The screw is made of titanium and is inserted into your jawbone after careful preparation. The reason dental implant screws are made of titanium is titanium is a biocompatible material. This means that the body will sense and accept the screw, stimulating bone growth around it, eventually forming a tight bond with the screw itself.
The root of your tooth is constantly sending feedback into the bone in your jaw, which encourages healthy and continued bone and soft tissue growth. The dental implant will do what removable prostheses are not capable of, acting exactly as your real tooth would, to stimulate a healthy mouth.
Once the screw has been placed in the mouth we will allow some recovery time. During this recovery time the bone and tissues within the mouth accept and heal around the implant. This usually takes between six and nine months, depending on the amount of implants placed and how quickly you recover.
The abutment is the second part of this three-part equation. The abutment fits into the screw and is firmly attached to it. It acts as a solid base for the crown or cap to adhere to. Abutments are made from various materials depending on what the application calls for and isn't visible once your dental implant is finished. Some implants come with abutments attached, removing the need for the abutment and making the system a two-part-system.
The crown (or bridge/full arch) is the final piece of the dental implant to be placed. It's the part that looks and acts just like a real tooth.
As mentioned above, dental implants can replace single teeth, or several teeth at a time - even full arches. With the completed dental implant, you will be able to speak normally and chew your food with confidence. It truly is the best tooth replacement option because of how perfectly they mimic the form and function of your natural teeth.
How Do Dental Implants Help My Oral Health?
To understand how dental implants keep your mouth in great shape you must understand how the health of the mouth works. Normally, when you chew food or talk, your jawbone receives lots of tactile feedback from the root of the tooth. When this feedback is received, the jaw takes that as a sign to continue sustaining the bone in the jaw. When a tooth is lost and the jawbone stops receiving that feedback, the bone can start to recede. Dental implants mimic this interaction between tooth and jawbone, keeping your bone structure healthy. Teeth also help to keep each other in place. When a tooth is lost the neighboring teeth are allowed to stray into the gap left behind. This can result in a change in bite, as well as tooth chipping and cracking. A dental implant fills the gaps and keeps teeth healthy.
Many times, when teeth are in such bad shape that they are not structurally sound and cannot perform that basic functions teeth must perform (chew food), we will need to remove the tooth. Sometimes the need to remove a tooth stems from other issues like a lack of support from surrounding soft tissues and receding bone (things that gum/periodontal disease can bring on). Whatever the reason, when a tooth needs to be removed rest assured that we at Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland can help.
The procedure is a simple one where we start off by numbing the site with some local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the removal. Sometimes a removal is a very simple procedure and may only take a couple minutes. Other times we might need to section the tooth into pieces for removal. Whatever the case, we have performed thousands of extractions and will make sure that you are comfortable.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
If you've lost a single tooth, whether, from gum disease
, injury, or another incident, an implant may be your best option to restore your smile. Many patients are concerned about their appearance after losing a tooth, but only an implant strengthens the underlying jawbone. The dedicated team at Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland in Richland, WA is waiting for your call to get started on your implant treatment.Learn more about Single Tooth Dental Implants
Multiple Teeth Dental Implants
If you've lost several adjacent teeth, or all your teeth, you may be relieved to know that there are many options to restore your smile beyond traditional dentures. Implants can support individual restorations, bridges, or even a full arch of dentures. We at Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland will work with you to determine which restoration will best complete your smile. Call us at (509) 542-9111 to schedule your consultation at our Richland, WA office, today!Learn more about Multiple Teeth Dental Implants
All-On-4® Treatment Concept
In situations where patients are fully edentulous (lacking all teeth) or where most teeth are not going to be viable for much longer we offer the best tooth replacement option on the market - All-On-4®. The All-On-4® treatment concept allows us to replace a whole arch worth of teeth using four dental implants placed strategically within the jaw.
In this procedure, failing teeth are removed and are replaced with four dental implants that are positioned in the jaw to maximize bone and soft tissue health. We will then have a dental lab craft a full bridge of teeth that will look, feel, and function exactly as your natural teeth would. Once the screws heal and have been accepted by your jaw, we can place the finished arch.
Learn more about the All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Getting either dental implants or dentures is an extremely personal choice motivated by a variety of factors that can help you determine which is better for you. We want to help you make the best choice for yourself and your lifestyle.
Dentures are a very popular choice for millions of people, primarily because they can be quite fast and they are recognized as being affordable. For people who cannot wait for dental implants, they often choose dentures instead. Dentures can be helpful, but they certainly aren't perfect. For instance, they can lead to irritation in your mouth where they rub if they are poorly fitted.Learn more about the difference between Dental Implants and Dentures
Dental implants need a certain amount of bone in the jaw to be successful. If the bone is too thin either due to bone loss or because there wasn't very much bone to begin with, a bone graft may be needed to ensure that a dental implant will be successful.
When a patient hasn't had teeth for a while, sometimes bone loss can start to occur within the jaw. When bone loss occurs in the upper jaw, or when the amount of bone between where an implant could be placed and the sinus cavity is inadequate, a bone graft will need to be done in conjunction with a sinus lift.
If the dental implant that is required could potentially puncture the sinus cavity, the sinus cavity will be lifted into a higher position via surgery and a bone graft will be placed in the area that it has been moved from. It' a simply matter of lifting the sinus membrane and inserting a bone graft below it.
Several months of recovery time is required in the case of a sinus lift in order to ensure the bone graft is accepted into the body.
If you are a candidate for a dental implant, there is a chance that you have experienced some bone loss in your jaw. The soft tissues in your mouth can also change in ways that make your mouth less attractive and less conducive to accepting dental implants. In these cases, we have the option of ridge augmentation to give your mouth a beautiful aesthetic and allow you to maintain your oral health without issue.
Soft Tissue Ridge Augmentation
When the soft tissues in the mouth have receded due to infection or disease we will augment the area with a tissue graft. The tissue will be created from the patient's own tissue unless a substitute material is preferable. The area will be prepped by removing the current tissue and replacing it with the graft, which will stimulate additional future growth.Learn more about soft tissue ridge augmentation and dental implants
Hard Tissue Ridge Augmentation
Bone grafts are done to ensure that there is enough structural support in the jaw to support a dental implant. In order to place a bone graft, soft tissue is removed from the site to expose the bone below. A membrane of bone or bone substitute is placed over the jaw and the site is sutured closed.
Bone grafts are typically allowed to heal for six to twelve months. Under some circumstances, no healing time is required and the implant can be placed at the same time as the bone graft.Learn more about hard tissue ridge augmentation and dental implants
How to Care for Dental Implants
Dental implants are great tooth replacement options for so many reasons. One of the best parts about them is they are fairly low upkeep. As long as you have a good oral hygiene routine you can count on your dental implants lasting a long time. What does it mean to have a good oral hygiene routine? It means brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
If your mouth is notoriously hard to take care of it would be a good idea to add rinsing your mouth out with water after meals into your normal routine. By doing this you cut down on the harmful bacteria that can fester in your mouth. This also tends to cut down on the big chunks of food that ten to sit between teeth.
Please call us today at (509) 542-9111 to schedule your appointment. Remember, if your gums bleed easily, please setup and appointment to be seen by us as this could be a sign of a more serious issue.