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Millions of Americans have dental implants--the modern tooth replacements which reside right in the jaw bone. At Zbaraschuk Dental Care in Sequim, WA, your dentist, Dr. E. Richard Zbaraschuk uses dental implants to complete smiles successfully and beautifully. Should you consider these artificial teeth?
Dental implants are like real teeth
How is that so? Well, a single dental implant is a titanium metal screw. In his Sequim office, your dentist places this screw into your jaw where your natural tooth root once was. Through osseointegration, the implant bonds with the bone, and over the ensuing weeks, you develop a strong, supportive artificial tooth root.
Dental implants improve your bone structure
When your dentist restores your single implant with a post and porcelain crown, your new tooth bites, chews, looks, and feels like the real thing. The more you use it, the more your bone structure and gum tissue improve, countering the hard and soft tissue deterioration which results from tooth loss. Conventional tooth replacements do not provide the pressure or exercise needed to maintain your gums and jaw bone, according to Dear Doctor.
Dental implants last
These prosthetics rarely fail. Healthline reports a success and retention rate of 90 to 95 percent with good oral hygiene habits and a tobacco-free lifestyle. Healthline elaborates that smoking increases failure rates to 80 percent. So, if you're thinking about getting dental implants, think about quitting the habit, too.
Dental implants are simple to care for
Whether you have one or several implants (to support dentures or bridgework), you must care for them consistently. But, don't worry. It's easy to do. Brush twice a day, and floss daily to remove collected food residues. See Dr. Zbaraschuk for a check-up and professional cleaning twice a year. Lastly, avoid the stresses of bruxism. Repeated teeth clenching can loosen dental implants.
Contact us for a personal consultation with your dentist
When patients from the Sequim, WA, area visit Zbaraschuk Dental Care, they enjoy the best in preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments. If you're considering dental implants, please contact our office team to arrange your consultation. Your dentist will answer all your questions, helping you make the right decision for your smile. Phone us at (360) 683-3626.
Dental implants are considered the premier option for tooth replacement. While all implant procedures follow the same general concept — a titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone with an attached life-like crown — the installation process can vary.
From their earliest history, implants have usually been installed through a two-stage process. In the first stage, the surgeon inserts the titanium post in the bone and leaves it “submerged” below the gum level to protect it from oral bacteria and the effects of chewing and biting. About three months later after the bone attaches to the titanium (a process called osseointegration), the surgeon then performs the second stage by re-exposing the implant and attaching a temporary abutment and crown for the patient to wear while the permanent abutment and crown are fabricated and later attached in 2-6 weeks.
In recent years, advancements in materials and design have made possible a one-stage process that allows the implant to protrude above the gum line during osseointegration and shortens the process. After the initial three-month healing period, the implant is ready for “loading” with the permanent crown.
The choice between which of these two procedures should be used for your implants will first depend on the type of tooth being replaced. A front tooth benefits from the one-stage procedure for cosmetic reasons because the surgeon can install a temporary crown to the exposed abutment during osseointegration (as long as the temporary tooth isn’t in functional contact with other teeth). An implant for a back tooth, on the other hand, doesn't have a large cosmetic demand so those one stage procedures usually end up with an exposed healing abutment but no temporary crown.
The strength of the bone is also a factor. Some bone tends to be softer, particularly in the back of the mouth. There’s a chance the implant could move in this softer bone, adversely affecting the outcome. For this reason, the two-stage procedure can be the preferred approach for posterior teeth as it offers more protection from movement.
You can be sure we’ll consider all these and other factors during your initial examination, and then advise you on the best approach. Above all, we want to make sure — whether a one-stage or a two-stage implant process — the result is a smile you can be proud of.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Staging Surgery in Implant Dentistry.”
Think dental implants only replace individual teeth? Think again—this premier technology can also support other kinds of restorations to provide better stability and comfort. And, they also help improve bone health when incorporated with any type of tooth replacement options, especially dentures.
Although traditional dentures have enjoyed a long, successful history as a tooth replacement solution, they can interfere with bone health. That’s because regular dentures fit in the mouth by resting on the bony ridges of the jaw, which has implications for the bone.
As living tissue, bone goes through a growth cycle with older bone cells dying and dissolving and newer cells forming to take their place. The teeth play a role in this growth cycle — the forces generated when we chew travel up through the teeth and help stimulate bone growth. When teeth go missing, however, so does this stimulus.
Traditional dentures can’t replace this missing stimulus. In fact, the constant pressure of dentures on the jaw may even accelerate bone loss. A sign this is happening occurs when the dentures’ once tight fit begins to loosen and they become uncomfortable to wear.
Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate this problem. We first surgically place a few implants in the jaw, the number determined by which jaw (the lower requires less) and whether the denture is removable or fixed. If removable, the denture has connective points that match the implant locations — you simply connect them with the implants. If fixed, the denture is screwed into the implants to hold it in place.
So, how does this help bone health? For one, the denture no longer puts as much pressure on the jaw ridges—the main support comes from the implants. And, the implants themselves encourage bone stimulation: The titanium in the implant has a special affinity with bone cells that naturally grow and adhere to its metal surface. This natural integration between implant and bone can stop bone loss and may even help reverse it.
If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures, you’ll first need to undergo a full dental exam with your dentist. These restorations aren’t appropriate for all dental situations. But, if they can work for you, you may be able to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.
If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
This tooth replacement may be backed by science, but there is also an art to placing and restoring a tooth with a dental implant. Today, many adults are turning to our Sequim, WA, dentist, Dr. Richard Zbaraschuk, for implants, as this treatment it is the closest thing you can come to the functionality and look of natural teeth. Read on to learn more!
Who can benefit from dental implants?
Most healthy adults who are missing one or more teeth can benefit from getting dental implants to fill those gaps and restore their smiles. Of course, there are several factors that will help our Sequim, WA, restorative dentist determine whether implants are right for them. Some of these factors include,
- Maintaining good oral hygiene
- Having an otherwise healthy smile
- Having a strong jawbone that can support an implant
- Having good general and oral health
- Age (implants aren’t ideal for children and young teens)
- Current lifestyle
- Pregnancy (or planning on becoming pregnant)
When you come in for a consultation, we will examine your mouth and perform an x-ray screening to check the health of the gums, teeth, and jawbone, so as to determine whether implants are right for you. While implants can be a great way to replace missing teeth, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the best choice for you.
Certain health problems could affect your candidacy, so it’s important that you share your detailed medical history with your dentist during your consultation so we can determine the idea approach to restoring your smile.
The Installation Procedure
To install implants, surgery is necessary, but don't worry—the procedure is minor and can be performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. Furthermore, placement usually doesn’t take longer than one hour, although this depends on the number of implants being placed and the location of placement.
The Recovery Period
Getting a dental implant takes time, especially if you are receiving multiple implants. Following the initial procedure, it will take up to 6 months for the implant to fuse together with the jawbone, and we must wait for this fusion to take place before placing the dental crown. If you’re looking for a faster way to replace your missing teeth, then you may want to discuss other options with us, however, implants often remain the ideal solution due to their reliable functionality, great look, and natural feel.
Interested? Contact Us
Are you interested in getting dental implants in Sequim, WA? If so, then it’s the perfect time to schedule your consultation here at Zbaraschuk Dental Care. Don’t let tooth loss win—dial (360) 683-3626 today!
If you’re considering different options for tooth replacement, dental implants are likely high on your list. Implants have a proven reputation for both durability and life-like appearance that can restore mouth function and revitalize your smile.
There is one aspect concerning implants, however, which gives people pause — the surgical procedure required to place the implants in the jawbone. If you’re leery about undergoing this procedure we can put your mind at ease — for most patients implant surgery is a minor, pain-free process with little discomfort afterward.
While there are variations in style, implants generally have two major components: a titanium post that’s implanted into the jawbone and a permanent life-like crown that’s affixed 6 to 12 weeks after implant surgery. Titanium is the metal of choice because of its affinity with bone cells; over time bone will grow to and attach itself around the implant, a process known as osseo-integration. The metal post is normally spiral in shape, allowing it more surface area for bone to adhere to.
In the beginning of the procedure we administer local anesthesia to fully numb the area before proceeding. After accessing the bone through tiny incisions in the gum tissue, we create a small channel in the exposed bone. A surgical guide may be used to prepare the precise location for the implant with a series of drilling sequences that increases the channel until it matches the implant size. While this takes place, you should only feel a mild vibration and a little pressure from the drill.
The implants are then removed from their sterile packaging and placed immediately into the prepared site. The gum tissues are then sutured into place with self-absorbing sutures. Most people have only mild discomfort after the surgery that can be managed with a prescription-strength non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen. We may also prescribe antibiotics and other care instructions to ensure successful gum tissue healing.
With proper planning and precise implant placement by skilled hands, implant surgery is an easy and uneventful procedure. And, with your new crowns in place, your new, beautiful smile will make the experience a distant memory.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”