Dental implants are an excellent and reliable solution for patients looking for a long-lasting option for tooth replacement. However, if you are reluctant to get started with implants or are hesitating, let us tell you why you shouldn’t.
At Liberty Oral and Facial Surgery of Post Falls, Idaho, and Spokane Valley, Washington, our dentist, Dr. Bryan McLelland, encourages patients to consider the many benefits of getting dental implants soon after tooth loss or extraction.
What is implant dentistry?
Implant dentistry is a field of dental work focusing on dental implants. Dental implants are essentially small titanium posts used to replace the root of a missing or extracted tooth. They are placed in the natural jawbone by Dr. Bryan McLelland and stimulate the growth of bone around them. This process, referred to as osseointegration, helps the implant bond in place with the jaw to provide a strong and sturdy foundation. Depending on the patient’s needs, the implant fixture is restored over the top abutment.
A single tooth will be restored with a crown over the implant, while patients replacing several or all teeth may use the dental implant with a fixed dental bridge or a full denture. During your initial evaluation, your dentist will evaluate your smile and discuss whether or not you are a good candidate for implant dentistry.
Why should I not wait to get dental implants with the team at Library Oral and Facial Surgery?
- Dental implants maintain the natural jawbone. With restorations such as dentures, you may have noticed long-term wearers begin to have changes in their jaw and chin area. This is due to bone loss that naturally occurs after teeth are missing. Dental implants, on the other hand, can help in stopping the loss of bone mass thanks to their ability to stimulate jawbone growth
- Dental implants keep the teeth from shifting. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth in the dental arch may begin to shift out of place, leaving even more gaps and areas that become harder to keep clean than teeth that are properly aligned. Restoring your missing teeth with dental implants will prevent this
- Dental implants maintain your speaking and eating efficiency. The fewer teeth you have, the more difficult it can be to speak and eat efficiently. Replacement of missing teeth restores your speech and ability to enjoy all your favorite foods without worry
- Dental implants improve self-esteem. Missing teeth may cause patients to feel somewhat embarrassed by their appearance and avoid social situations involving talking, smiling, and laughing. With the placement and restoration of quality dental implants, patients can restore their confidence and allow individuals to look and feel their best
Schedule a visit to learn more about the benefits of getting dental implants!
If you are curious about dental implants and want to educate yourself further, we invite you to call us.
We have two locations available for initial consultations, including our Spokane Valley office, which can be reached at (509) 822-2774, and our Post Falls office at (208) 264-4665.