Implants help restore areas where a tooth is missing or may need to be extracted. It is as close to natural as a replacement tooth can get; it is strong, stable, and looks just like the rest of your teeth.
An implant consists of two parts: the implant itself, which replaces the tooth root, and the restoration, which replaces the visible portion of the tooth (the crown). Implants are usually made from titanium, and the restoration can be made of porcelain or ceramic.
Implants are used to restore both the function and the aesthetics of your smile.
- Having a full set of teeth is important for eating, as missing teeth can lead to excessive wear and tear to the remaining teeth.
- Missing teeth can lead to jaw bone loss, as the tooth root is no longer there to stimulate bone retention.
- Gaps left from missing teeth allow for shifting of the remaining teeth into the empty spot.
A full set of healthy, natural-looking teeth can do wonders for self-esteem and confidence.
Implants or Bridges: Which is right for you?
Both implants and bridges do the same thing: they fill the gap left by a missing tooth. How they accomplish that goal is what makes them very different. Implants don't rely on other teeth like bridges, nor do you need to remove any healthy tooth structure to place them. They are stand-alone restorations.
What about dentures?
Traditional dentures are an affordable way to replace your teeth when all of them are missing or need to be removed, but they tend to be unstable and uncomfortable. The tongue can easily dislodge a lower denture when you are eating and speaking, and ill-fitting dentures can cause sores on the gums. Dr. Rekhi can use a select number of implants to secure the denture in place.
Dental Implants at Highland Dental Center
Implants are a two-part process. The first is the implant, which is placed directly into the jaw by an oral surgeon. The surgical aspect of your treatment takes one to two hours, and can be done using several levels of sedation. We recommend avoiding spicy foods, citrus liquids, alcohol, and any other irritants while the implant site is healing.
The second part of the process is the restoration of the implant, which includes an abutment and a crown. Dr. Rekhi will take impressions of your mouth to ensure that your crown matches the size, shape, and color of the surrounding natural teeth.
Dental implants from Highland Dental Center should last a long time, as long as you practice good home hygiene and visit our Kirkland, Renton, or Edmonds dental office every six months for an exam and professional cleaning. The implant should not fade, weaken, or change in appearance as long as you maintain good oral health after placement.
If you have questions about dental implants, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Rekhi at our Kirkland, Renton, or Edmonds office.