Dental Implants East Wenatchee, WA
Until recently, if you lost a tooth, it could haunt you for the rest of your life. Conventional replacement options were often uncomfortable and needed to be replaced every ten years or so. Now patients have an alternative. Dental implants closely mimic natural teeth in appearance and function, so just like natural teeth, they have the potential to last for a lifetime.
What is a dental implant?A dental implant is a small, titanium rod surgically implanted in the jaw bone to serve as a replacement tooth root. Titanium is the same material used for replacement hips and joints, because bone fuses to it in a process called osseointegration. This process creates a stable foundation for your new tooth – so once Dr. Johnson places the implant crown, you can eat, speak, and smile with full confidence. Dental implants are so comfortable, you may even forget which tooth you lost!
Through osseointegration your jaw is encouraged to stay healthy through constant feedback from the implant, the same way your natural teeth work in unison with your jaw bone. This prevents the dangerous cycle of tooth loss leading to bone loss. Bone loss in the jaw almost always leads to further tooth loss. With a dental implant, we are able to curb this cycle of loss and give you a healthy smile into the future.
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Is there any risk involved with the implant surgery?With any surgery, a small risk is involved, but Dr. Johnson will examine you thoroughly and work with a specialist to reduce the risk of implant failure. Actually, dental implants have an extremely high success rate – 98 percent – which means the procedure is safe and predictable. For the best result, you will need adequate bone density to support the implant.
Before we start the implant process, we will evaluate your mouth for signs of bone loss using digital X-rays and a few other techniques. If we find that you have enough bone structure in your jaw to support an implant, we will move forward with the procedure. If we find that you have experienced some bone loss, we will setup an appointment to place a bone graft in your jaw. The goal of a bone graft is to add missing bone structure to your jaw to give your future dental implant the support it will need. No matter what condition your jaw is in, we have a restoration option available to you!