A lost tooth can cause more than just a gap in your smile. This unfortunate situation can cause bone atrophy and other dental issues. Luckily, your dentist can help you avoid these problems, fill in your gap, and get your smile back with dental implants. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts at Ash & Roberts, DDS in Centralia, WA.
Can a dental implant benefit my smile?
A dental implant may benefit your smile if you have one or more missing teeth. However, not everyone is a good candidate for the dental implant procedure. Since the implant’s fixture lies inside of the jawbone beneath your missing teeth, a good candidate needs to have an adequate amount of bone tissue in which to implant the fixture. Missing teeth cause bone atrophy, meaning that patients with significant atrophy may require a bone graft treatment to rebuild the area of the implant. In addition to bone volume, good candidates for implants require an excellent oral care routine, both at home and with their dentist.
What is the procedure for a dental implant like?
Implants take several separate procedures and several months of healing time. However, properly placed and cared for implants will last a lifetime. Your dentist will use a consultation to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your procedure. An appointment to place the actual implant itself comes next, then several months of healing time. During this period, the bone grows around the implant, locking it into place. The next appointment will place the prosthetic tooth on top of the implant, completing the procedure.
Dental Implants in Centralia, WA
If you think you can benefit from dental implants, a consultation with your dentist can confirm that this treatment is the best and most effective option and if you will require any additional procedures prior to placing your implants. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts at Ash & Roberts, DDS in Centralia, WA. Call (360) 736-8380 to schedule your consultation for dental implants with your dentist today!