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Why Dental Implants Are the Best Option for You

Save Your Smile with Dental Implants

Missing teeth are a multifaceted problem. Incomplete smiles can cause social awkwardness, poor self-confidence, and even unfavorable career prospects. The loss of the natural teeth can also result in an increased risk of oral and systemic health problems, including malocclusion and malnutrition. Although dentures are a viable option for some people, you might prefer a permanent, more aesthetically pleasing smile. Talk to a dental implant doctor in Everett, WA to find out if you might be a good candidate for implant surgery.

Anatomy of Dental Implants

The implant itself won’t be visible when you smile. It’s a tiny post that your dentist will surgically place within the jawbone. An abutment rests on top of the post, and a dental crown encases the structure. The crown is the component that looks like a real tooth. It’s made of porcelain, and it functions exactly like a natural tooth should. It isn’t possible for a crown to get cavities, but you’ll still need to carefully brush it and floss around it. You can still get gum disease in the area.

Reasons to Get Dental Implants

Aside from the obvious cosmetic improvement of getting a complete smile, there are plenty of other reasons to consider having the procedure. A gap in your smile can cause the other teeth to gradually shift out of the right positions. This can change the way your upper and lower jaw fit together. Additionally, missing teeth can result in bone loss. Each time you chew, the gentle force exerted on the teeth stimulate the underlying jawbone. This stimulation is crucial for triggering the creation of new bone mass. The longer you have missing teeth, the more bone you could lose. Additionally, it can be tricky to chew without all of your pearly whites. You may find yourself avoiding healthy foods like almonds and apples, and as a result, there may be some critical gaps in your meal plan.

Steps to Receive Your New Teeth

Dental implants aren’t a quick fix, but they’re definitely worth the wait. After your consultation to make sure you’re a good candidate, the dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue, drill a hole in the bone, and insert the post. The gums are sutured together, and you’ll wait a few months for the bone to fuse to the implant. Then, you can receive the abutment and the crown.

Factors That Influence Your Candidacy for Dental Implants

Dental implants are a safe and effective cosmetic dentistry procedure for any patient who is missing a tooth. While dental implants are successful for nearly every patient who receives them, there may be factors that affect your ability to receive implants in your smile. A dental implants doctor in Everett will schedule a consultation with you before your dental implants are placed. During the consultation, your doctor will check to make sure that implants are the right choice for your health history and overall smile. Let’s review some factors that could influence your candidacy for dental implants.

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Extensive Bone Loss

In order to place a dental implant in your smile, your dentist needs to be able to fit the new tooth into your jawbone. If you have experienced serious bone loss around the implant site, your dentist may not be able to safely complete the procedure. Bone loss can be caused by periodontal disease or other advanced stage health problems in the mouth. Addressing your bone loss through bone grafting and other specialized procedures will help you restore your smile and return your teeth to healthy condition.

Smoking History

If you have a history of smoking, you may not be able to schedule a dental implant procedure until you have reduced or quit your tobacco use. Your dentist may want to ask you questions about your smoking history, including how much tobacco you ingest each day. A person with a history of smoking may need to explore alternatives to a dental implant procedure.

Current Medications

When you are on certain medications, you may need to wait until you have stopped taking the drug before you are able to set up your implant appointment. Medications that thin the blood or otherwise cause excessive bleeding could compromise the implant procedure. As you are consulting with your dentist about your implants, you will want to make sure that you disclose any medications that you are currently taking.

About the Author - Dr. Michelle Steinhubel, DDS

Dr. Michelle Steinhubel, DDS 2

“Dentistry really fulfills me because it is an artistic science, where I improve the health of our patients every day,” Dr. Michelle Steinhubel says. “Blending the artistry of tooth restoration with the science and technology of today delivers incredible results.” Dr. Michelle Steinhubel, DDS graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry with her Doctorate of Dental Science in 1998 and completed her residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1999. Prior to opening All Smiles, Dr. Michelle practiced general dentistry for the US Air Force in Okinawa, Japan for three years and then in Arizona for a year. For more than 15 years, Dr. Michelle Steinhubel and the team at All Smiles Northwest has been helping people in Everett get beautiful, healthy smiles!