About Dental Implants
Crown Dental in West Richland, WA can offer an attractive and advanced option to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are a natural-looking way to restore your oral health while creating a more beautiful smile. A small titanium post is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth so that the jawbone will grow around it as it heals. This secures the implant into the jaw and is durable enough for biting and chewing once the false replacement tooth is placed on the post. West Richland, WA dentist Dr. Walberto Cantu recommends dental implants for patients with a missing tooth or teeth who want a safe and effective solution for a dazzling, balanced smile.
Mini Dental Implants
In some cases, Dr. Cantu may use mini dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. Mini dental implants are smaller in length and diameter than traditional implants and may be a preferred option for patients who have less bone dentistry and volume in the jaw. While mini dental implants can be used to support implant-bridges and single implant-crowns, we often use this approach to stabilize an existing or new full-arch denture. Having mini dental implants placed is a minimally invasive procedure and is often an immediate-load treatment, which means that the implants are surgically placed and restored with a crown, bridge, or denture all within the same day. During your consultation, Dr. Cantu can review your options and help you determine if mini dental implants are a great solution for your tooth replacement needs.
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What to Expect
Prior to the dental implant procedure, a thorough examination will be conducted. Our team will examine the teeth and jawbone to assess whether the gums are healthy enough and if the patient has enough bone to properly support an implant. X-rays will be taken to help develop impressions of the mouth to ensure replacement teeth fit accurately and naturally. A local anesthetic can be given prior to the implant to minimize pain and discomfort. Dr. Cantu will place the small titanium post implant into the missing tooth’s bone socket. During the course of the jawbone healing, it will grow around the implant.
The jawbone healing process can take 3 – 6 months as it lays a strong foundation for the replacement tooth to be placed. At this time, a small abutment, or connector post, is attached to the implant so that a new tooth, called a crown, can be placed. Other replacement options, such as bridges or dentures, can be used as well. The replacement will match the color, shape, and size of the patient’s natural teeth to give it a consistent look.
Temporary vs. Long Lasting
Once the dental implant is set, a patient has the option of temporary or permanent replacement teeth. Permanent teeth such as crowns and bridges are fixed into place. Some patients may opt for removable dentures that can be moved as needed. We will work with the patient in order to determine the best option.
After the dental implants are installed, most patients report little to no pain. If there is any soreness, an over-the-counter pain medication can be taken. It is important for a patient to practice good oral hygiene after the procedure. This includes regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. It’s also important to keep up with regular dental appointments. If a patient practices proper oral hygiene and treats the implant with care, a dental implant is extremely durable and should last for a lifetime. In some instances, the replacement teeth may deteriorate due to wear and tear and may need to be replaced.
The cost of dental implants can vary widely, depending on the number of teeth being replaced and the complexity of the case. For the most part, dental implants can cost $1,000 to $3,000. Insurance usually doesn’t cover implants but if the implants are deemed medically necessary, a patient’s insurance plan might cover some of the costs.
Plan Your Procedure
Replace and Restore Your Smile
If you want to be proud of your smile again, dental implants can fill in missing teeth for a more attractive appearance. Anyone who has missing teeth is encouraged to call our office today to make a consultation and find out about their dental implant options.