One or more missing teeth can have an obvious cosmetic and functional impact on your smile. But without the tooth and its root, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate. If you are interested in a restoration option that will replace your entire tooth, call the team at Two Rivers Dentistry at 360-256-1202 for an appointment with our dentist. Dr. Vaughn Teuscher, can see you for an examination to determine if you are a candidate for implant dentistry in Vancouver, Washington.
When you are missing some or all of your natural teeth, dental implants are a popular and attractive option instead of removable dentures. Patients appreciate the fact that implants remain in the mouth permanently and function exactly the same as natural teeth. If you have missing teeth, speak to Dr. Teuscher about restoring them with dental implants. It is essential to do this as soon as possible to prevent problems with bite, alignment, facial sagging, speech and several other issues.
The Process of Receiving Dental Implants
You must have sufficient bone strength in the area to receive the dental implant in order for our dentist to complete the procedure. If you do not, we may recommend a bone graft first. This involves removing a small amount of bone from one area of your mouth and transferring it to the implant area. After completing an oral exam, X-rays and impressions of your mouth, our dentist will be ready to start the first phase: placing your dental implants.
An important benefit of dental implants is that they provide you with artificial tooth roots as well as replacement teeth. Our dentist will screw small titanium rods into your jaw bone called abutments. These serve as your new roots. You need to wait several weeks to months for your jaw and gums to heal after this part of the procedure. This is necessary to allow your new roots to fuse with existing bone in a process known as osseointegration. We may also use dental implants as an anchor for removable dentures.
We will attach your replacement teeth to the abutments once we feel satisfied with the amount of healing and osseointegration that have taken place. Dental implants are constructed from porcelain and metal, which makes them indistinguishable from your natural teeth. You can smile, eat and speak confidently knowing that your implants will not fall out and that others will have no idea you have had a dental restoration completed at all.
Success Rates and Longevity of Dental Implants
According to the American Dental Association®, dental implants have a 95% success rate with natural bone and an 85% to 90% success rate with grafted bone. Patients who smoke experience dental implant failure two and one-half times more often than non-smokers. Meticulous oral hygiene is important, as is keeping your regularly scheduled appointments with our team. These are the best ways to ensure that your new implants last for a lifetime.