What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement treatment and are perhaps the closest thing to having a real tooth. They look and function just like a natural tooth, but they have “roots” that are embedded into the jawbone, which enhances bone structure and prevents bone loss. If you have one or many teeth missing, dental implants could be a good option for you. Better Way Dental offers robust implant restoration services for people in and around Snoqualmie, WA.
What Is It Like Getting A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an invasive procedure during which a prosthetic tooth is permanently implanted into the jawbone. Firstly, the procedure entails the dentist inserting a titanium dental post into the jawbone. This is followed by a healing period during which the jawbone grows and integrates the post into its structure; patients often wear a temporary prosthesis during this phase.
After this healing and growth, the post is topped with a protruding abutment, and the artificial tooth or “crown” is secured permanently to the abutment. The only visible part of the implant is the toothlike crown, and it is secured to the jawbone just like natural teeth.
What Can I Expect After Getting An Implant?
Most patients can expect to be a little sore for the first few days after the procedure. Post-operation swelling and facial discomfort is normal, as well as some slight bleeding and pain at the site of operation. Most patients manage pain with over-the-counter medications, and antibiotics may be prescribed in some instances.
Recovery time varies between patients, but Dr. Zhu may recommend that you abstain from certain activities for a few days to ensure the body receives an adequate recovery. After several weeks, Dr. Zhu will have you back for a follow-up appointment to check on your progress and move you through the final stages of your implant treatment.
As always, call us right away if you are experiencing any major complications like excessive bleeding, infection, or severe pain.
Tooth loss often represents a decline in overall dental health, and it is not something to be taken lightly. Whatever the causes of tooth loss, other serious associated problems often trail behind like gum disease, tooth decay of existing teeth, and jawbone deterioration, just to name a few.
Dr. Zhu is very conscientious about helping patients choose solutions that not only benefit their dental health but also work for their functional and cosmetic concerns. Implants are a popular recommendation because they are a great all-around solution in many cases, but booking a consultation at Better Way Dental can help you find out for sure!
Dentistry That’s Different In A Better Way
Dr. Zhu designed Better Way Dental to be profoundly different in the ways that it cares for patients: we are a patient-centered, flexible practice offering all-around dental services from the routine to the extreme. Better Way Dental proudly serves patients all over the Snoqualmie, Tokul, North Bend, and Falls City areas of Washington state. Call (425) 292-9230 today to schedule an appointment Come experience the Better Way of doing dentistry.