|If you've already lost a tooth to periodontal disease or other reasons, you may be interested in dental implants—the permanent tooth replacement option. Dental Implants are an excellent option to restoring your healthy smile.
Dental implants are a state of the art way of replacing teeth. Implants are titanium screw-like fixtures that replace teeth with permanent restorations (crowns and bridges) or support removable appliances. Implants stimulate surrounding bone and prevent loss of jawbone over time, helping preserve a youthful facial appearance. Implants don't get decay and have a longer life expectancy than teeth supported with bridges.
The use of Computerized Tomography (CT Scans) combined with specialized Sirona GALILEOS computer software provide a huge advancement in implant dentistry.
Galileos implant 3D software allows Dr. Aeschliman to evaluate each potential implant site on a computer to ensure that the site is ready for implant placement. If a potential implant site does not have adequate bone, a treatment plan can be developed by Dr. Aeschliman to regenerate bone.
Computer guided placement of dental implants provides maximum safety to avoid nerves, sinuses and other vital structures and maximum accuracy in implant placement within the bone. Best of all, computer guided placement ensures that each implant will be in the best possible position to support a crown, bridge or removable appliance.
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone, a process called osseointegration. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Candidates for dental implants must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.
Reasons For Dental Implants
• Replace a missing tooth
• Maintain healthy bone levels
• Help support overdentures
• Keep the look and feel of a real tooth where one is missing
Implants We Use at Perio Central
Learn more about the dental implants Dr. Aeschliman uses at his Spokane, WA dental implant office.
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What Does A Dental Implant Involve?
Implant Site Preparation
The gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. In situations where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be a recommended procedure. Once healthy bone material has been established, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.
Placing the Implant
After the bone has been prepared, the implant is placed and the tissue is sutured. The healing process takes three to six months. This is the amount of time it usually takes the implant to become part of the lower jaw, commonly refered to as osseointegration.
Even though it takes so long for osseointegration the sutures are typically removed seven to fourteen days after surgery.
Attaching the Post
When the gum tissue is ready, a special post is attached to the implant. It is the support for the new porcelain crown. Today's technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post, to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.
Placing the Crown
After impressions are taken a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented. This final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.
Dr. Aeschliman will help you determine whether dental implants will be a good tooth replacement option for you. Proper brushing and flossing will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.
If you're not happy with your smile, there are cosmetic periodontal and dental procedures available now that could help you achieve the look and smile you want.
Call our office today at (509) 489-6850 to learn more about getting on the right track for a healthy life, as well as a healthy smile!