The Importance of Tooth Loss Solutions
Missing teeth can damage your self-confidence, but there are more than aesthetic drawbacks to tooth loss. Even one missing tooth can increase the likelihood of indigestion, jawbone deterioration, gum recession, infection, painful eating, and other health issues.
Using removable appliances like dentures carry a risk of falling out or breaking, and won’t prevent jawbone deterioration. This tooth loss solution can be embarrassing, inconvenient, and costly.
Fortunately, Dr. Loiseau offers a permanent and durable restoration that looks, feels, and acts like real teeth. Learn more about dental implants and whether it’s right for you.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are lifelike artificial teeth that can serve as a permanent replacement for any number of damaged or missing teeth. They’re securely anchored into the jawbone which prevents your implants from falling out.
Each dental implant is composed of three parts:
- The titanium implant is a biocompatible post that serves as the stable foundation
- The abutment is the connector piece that secures the restoration to the implant
- The restoration is the replacement for your lost teeth
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have significant advantages over alternative tooth restorations like removable dental appliances. Some of which include:
- Resemblance to real teeth
- Resistance to tooth decay and discoloration
- Jawbone preservation
The Dental Implant Process
Receiving your customized dental implants requires multiple visits to our dental office in Moses Lake, WA. Your treatment will include the following steps:
During your first visit, Dr. Losieau will examine your mouth to ensure your oral health is sufficient to support your dental implants. In some cases, supplemental procedures such as bone grafting or gum grafting may be necessary. If dental implants are right for you, we can begin the process right away and you’ll be scheduled for implant surgery.
Bone grafting is the process of transplanting bone into the future implant site. Dental implants usually need a minimum of one to three mm to sit securely in your mouth. Gum grafting or soft tissue augmentation may be necessary if your gums have receded, which could also make a future implant less secure.
At your second appointment, we’ll surgically place the implants directly into your jaw. Here’s what you can expect:
- We’ll begin by applying an anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any pain. We also offer sedation dentistry for patients with dental anxiety, upon request.
- Once the area is numb, Dr. Loiseau will gently make incisions into your gums where the implants will be inserted.
- Titanium posts will be inserted into the incisions with utmost precision and accuracy. Then, the incisions will be sewn shut.
- Your jawbone will fuse to the implants through a process called osseointegration. This process can take anywhere from three to six months to fully heal.
After the healing period is finished, you’ll return to our office to finish the last step of your treatment. Dr. Loiseau will securely attach your custom-made restoration to the implant fixture. Once this is complete, you’ll be able to walk out of our office with your stunning new smile the same day!
Frequently Asked Questions
Your comfort is our number one priority. We’ll apply a safe anesthetic to ensure you feel no pain during the procedure. If you experience dental anxiety, we offer sedation options to help you relax and feel at ease throughout your visit.
It’s common to experience some lingering pain and discomfort post-op. However, this will go away on its own within 10 days following the procedure. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort for more than 10 days, call us immediately and we’ll determine how to solve your problem.
After implant surgery, you should wait until the anesthetic has worn off before eating. You may bite down too hard and damage your cheeks, lips, tongue, or your new implants.
We recommend eating certain soft foods after dental implant surgery such as:
- Soft fruit
- Cooked vegetables
Avoid crunchy, chewy, or hard foods and drinks that are sugary, alcoholic, or hot for at least one week after surgery. These items can damage your implants, disrupt the healing process, and cause increased sensitivity if reintroduced to your diet too soon.
Dental implants are built to last around twenty years but can last a lifetime with proper care. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing regularly, and biannual dental exams with Dr. Loiseau.
Call Dr. Loiseau at Legacy Dental Today!
Missing teeth can take a toll on your ability to eat, speak, and smile while endangering your overall health. Dental implants are considered the best solution to tooth loss that’s available today. Call Legacy Dental in Moses Lake, WA by dialing (509) 765-1748 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Loiseau will explain how our natural-looking dental implants can keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.