For many years now, the most preferred and recommended way to replace missing teeth has been dental implants. Why? This innovative method goes beyond the surface of the gums to address the root as well as the crown, which is crucial for long-term oral health. Dr. Harder collaborates with trusted oral surgeons in the area to make sure that you receive the same quality of care from beginning to end. To get on the path toward a fully restored smile, call our office today to schedule your consultation.
Because dental implants also replace the root of the missing teeth, they provide certain benefits that dentures and bridges simply can’t on their own. These benefits include the following:
One amazing feature about dental implants is that they are extremely versatile and can handle any tooth-loss situation. Whether you need to replace one tooth or an entire arch, dental implants can help you regain your smile’s full function, health, and beauty.
After the post is surgically placed into the jawbone, an abutment piece is attached. Finally, a single dental crown is bonded on top. This solution looks and feel so natural, you may even forget which tooth is artificial.
If you have a consecutive row of missing teeth, you can use an implant-retained bridge, which anchors to two dental implants instead of your existing teeth. For gaps spread out along an arch, we can attach a partial denture to dental implants for added stability.
Even total tooth loss can be treated with dental implants, but you don’t need one implant for every missing tooth. In fact, using only four to six implants, we can restore a whole arch of teeth. By either bolting or snapping your dentures in place with dental implants, you ensure that they remain firmly in the optimal position.
At Moses Lake Family Dentistry, we are committed to excellence in treating our patients, and we expect the same level of dedication and quality in the oral surgeons that we collaborate with. When we recommend a specialist, you can rest assured that your experience will be just as smooth and positive with them as it is in our practice. To learn more about our partners, contact our office in Moses Lake.
There are basically limitless treatment options for dental implants, making a general estimate difficult. The number and location of the implants, as well as the type of restoration that will be placed on top, impact the price. Also, keep in mind that paying for dental implants may still be more cost effective than getting dentures or bridges alone because these restorations have to be replaced every 5 to 10 years, but implants can last for much longer.
We can provide you with an accurate estimate during your consultation with Dr. Harder. After he evaluates your mouth, he can review your treatment options, helping us formulate the personalized estimate.
When getting dental implants at Moses Lake, you can count on Dr. Harder to make sure you stay comfortable throughout the process. In part, this means answering any questions you have about the procedure so that you know what needs to happen and can feel confident about scheduling your treatment. We’ve listed some of the most commonly asked dental implant questions below, but if you have other concerns, don’t hesitate to let us know during your consultation!
The timeline for getting dental implants is usually several months, although the exact length varies from patient to patient. If bone grafting is needed to add density to your jaw, it might be 3 to 6 months before we can schedule the implant surgery. Once your implants are in place, it will take another 3 to 6 months for them to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. The final stage is the placement of the restoration, and it usually requires two visits about two weeks apart: one to take impressions so that the restoration can be made and one to attach said restoration to your implants.
You might think dental implants require some type of special maintenance, but taking care of them is actually a lot like taking care of your natural teeth. You should brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste that won’t scratch the restoration. Remember that plaque can build up under and around an implant crown, so don’t forget to clean these areas. To get rid of plaque and food particles in hard-to-reach areas, use dental floss that’s designed to help clean implants; an oral irrigator or an interdental brush coated with nylon can also help you reach these spots.
While dental implants are often an excellent long-term solution for missing teeth, it’s not usually recommended for younger patients. If the jaw grows after dental implants are placed, or if the bite shifts at some point, it could cause complications. That’s why it’s generally recommended to wait until a patient is at least 18 to get dental implants. There is no upper age limit for dental implants, although the possibility of bone loss in the jaw needs to be considered. Dr. Harder will need to examine your oral health before making any sort of recommendation.
Dental implants are a safe, reliable way to fill the gaps in your smile. Research over the last 30 years shows that implant surgery has a 95% success rate. However, implant failure is still possible, especially if your gums become infected or if there isn’t enough bone in your jaw. Call us right away if you notice loose implant posts or worrisome symptoms such as inflamed gums and severe pain; we can point you in the right direction for treatment. In many cases, it might be possible to try and place the implants again after the underlying problem has been addressed.