Seattle Dentists Create Beautiful Smiles with Dental Implants

When teeth are missing there are several options available to patients in modern dentistry, one of which is a dental implant, which can be put in place by your Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist or Seattle Cosmetic Dentist. Dental implants can be used to replace either a single tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants act as an anchor to hold either a crown for single tooth replacement or a bridge for replacement of multiple teeth. The dental implants, which are surgically imbedded into the jawbones, act as new roots for the lost tooth or teeth. Implants preserve more natural tooth structure than bridges do because bridges require that they be physically anchored onto adjacent healthy teeth. These healthy teeth must be prepared to act as abutment anchors for the bridge by removing a considerable amount of healthy teeth. Teeth may be lost for various reasons, such as tooth decay, trauma, injury, or gum disease.

Dental implants can be used to replace teeth regardless of the reason for the loss. Restorations that utilize implants are considered very aesthetic and often feel and function much more like natural teeth than other types of tooth replacement such as traditional dentures or bridges.

The dental implants help prevent bone loss and gum recession which is often seen when traditional bridges or dentures are used without the support of the anchoring effect of the implant in the jawbone. If someone is missing a large number of teeth, multiple implants can be used to support either a partial denture or a full denture.

There is a very high satisfaction rate among patients that receive dental implants. Some general dentists have specialized training with dental implants. However, specialists are often used for implant placement, such as an oral surgeon, a periodontist, or a prosthodontist.

. Your Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist and Seattle Cosmetic Dentist at Brookside Dental work very closely with both an oral surgeon (www.crinzi.com) and a periodontist www.cranderegg.com or www.pnwperio.com to insure that your implants and associated crowns and bridges are the best and most natural fit and function available to the patient. When implants are done properly as at Brookside Dental, there is about a 97% success rate of long-term retention. With proper materials, procedures, and patient care the implants should last your entire life.