Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Previous generations of dental patients had access to only a few choices. An adult with missing teeth might visit a dentist. Then, they might remedy the lost teeth with bridges, partials, or perhaps dentures. That was about all they had to work with! Fortunately, recent technological advances have made way for more innovative dental implants. These kinds of dental interventions can bring your smile back to life. The Wenatchee and Cashmere teams at Cashmere Family Dentistry want to supply you with everything you need to know about dental implants. 

Could your grin use some work? After a consult and exam, either Dr. Janie, Dr. Ryan, or Dr. Danielle will decide the best course of treatment for you. That’s the part to keep in mind – treatment for you. No two sets of teeth are exactly the same. Therefore, no two treatment plans will be the same. Continue reading to find out more about Cashmere Family Dentistry’s dental implant options. 

Exploring Dental Implants 

Dental implants replace missing or lost teeth. Whether you have just one missing tooth or several, dental implants can help. If you have dentures and are unhappy with their performance, you might also be a candidate for dental implants. Sometimes the doctors might use implants to supplant whole lower and upper arches. According to the FDA, acceptable materials for manufacturing dental implants are titanium and zirconium oxide, gold alloys, cobalt-based alloys, titanium alloys, or ceramic materials. 

Should the doctors determine that you need dental implants, they will give you a referral for an oral surgeon. The surgeon will deposit a small screw where your tooth used to be. It will take your gums, jaw, and surrounding teeth some time to acclimate to the implant. Eventually, the area around the implant will adjust to its presence. When you’re all healed up, you’ll come back into our office. 

Then, one of the doctors will affix an “abutment” (yes, you read that right) to your implant. The abutment connects to the screw placed in the socket of your missing tooth. Next, the doctors will need an impression of your teeth. This will help them select the correct crown for you. The crown, or dental cap, sits on top of the abutment and is shaped like a real tooth. Your crown will enhance your smile, making it look as natural as ever. 

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Why Should You Bother With An Implant

Perhaps you’re curious about why a person would bother with a dental implant. If they’re not in any pain and can go about their daily life as normal, why would they consider an implant? In this case, dentistry is often like ordinary life. Just because something isn’t a problem today, doesn’t mean it won’t be a problem tomorrow. Furthermore, today’s insignificant molehill could become tomorrow’s mountain. A missing tooth can cause other dental problems down the road. To compensate for the loss of a tooth, your other teeth might crowd together. 

After that, your upper and lower teeth might be out of alignment. Your upper teeth should naturally overlap your lower teeth a little. When your mouth is closed, this is normal. But consider that your upper teeth have crowded, due to a missing tooth. Now, you can’t close your mouth into its neutral position. Over time, this uncomfortable position can turn painful. If it goes untreated for too long, you might become susceptible to bone loss. So having a dental implant doesn’t just remedy the one missing tooth. It contributes to the overall health of your body. 

How Long Does Recovery Take? 

After getting an implant, you might notice some agitation and inflammation. This is normal. Get an ice pace (or borrow one) can help cut down on swelling in your gums. Dr. Janie, Dr. Ryan, or Dr. Danielle recommend eating soft foods that are easy to chew. Eating hard or crunchy foods might aggravate your implant (not to mention how painful that would be!). Complete recovery, eating without any pain, typically takes a few weeks. 

How To Take Care of Your Implants 

Treat an implant just like you would any other tooth. You need to brush at least twice a day right? Go ahead. And include your implant in your brushing habits. Brush a minimum of two times per day. Each brushing should last about two minutes. Also, remember to floss and use mouthwash. Your teeth do a lot for you. And so does an implant. It’s important to treat our teeth well by cleaning them regularly. 

How Long Will My Implant Last

Implants are designed for the long haul. It’s not uncommon for them to last for years. Granted, their longevity depends on a few variables. Your age, overall oral health, diet, and dental hygiene can all impact how long your implant will last. Relative to other dental interventions, dental implants last a very long time. To ensure that they perform at their best, keep regular appointments at Cashmere Family Dentistry in Cashmere or Wenatchee. 

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Get Dental Implants at Cashmere Family Dentistry

Cashmere Family Dentistry has two wonderful locations, Cashmere and Wenatchee, to meet your family’s needs. Go here to request an appointment.