So you have a missing tooth, you want it filled, but you don’t want to do it with a bridge. It seems a little too high maintenance to you and you don’t want to take two additional teeth down with it. Your next option would be to do an implant.
Your going to stick what where??
An implant is a great option for replacing a missing tooth, even multiple teeth! What it is is a titanium post that is placed in the bone where a missing tooth was. After it heals, a crown or bridge is screwed into it and Voila! You have your missing tooth or teeth back! Your West Seattle dentist, Dr. Christine Kirchner, has a wonderful periodontist that she trusts to place implants in her patients.
A periodontist is a dentist that specializes in treating periodontal disease and in making sure the the bone and gums surrounding the teeth stay healthy. Because of this they are the dentists that know how to place implants the most successful way.
What happens if it falls out?
What makes implants so awesome is the fact that they are made out of titanium, which is compatible with your body, and the fact that it goes through a process called Osseointegration.
Osseointegration means “combines with the bone”. Your bone basically grows into all the nooks and crannies on the outside of the implant and holds it in place. This is why, once placed, it will last FOREVER! This process does take some time, about four to six months of healing. What’s four to six months though when in the end you will have your tooth replaced FOREVER?
Once the healing process is completed, and the periodontist gives the thumbs up, Dr. Kirchner will take measurements and tooth shade colors to make you a crown or bridge to screw into your new implant. She’ll send that information to the lab, where they will custom make your tooth, and then it will be time to put it into your mouth!
This part is very interesting. Dr. Kirchner will use a tiny tool, kind of like a ratchet, to tighten or torque what’s called an abutment into your implant. This is what your crown will sit on top of. Once that is in place, then she will cement your tooth or teeth on top. All done! Wasn’t that easy?
As far as maintenance goes, you can treat your implant like a real tooth. Your floss around it a tiny bit differently, but it will take only an extra second instead of like five minutes with a bridge. If you take care of it properly, it will last you the rest of your life.
Sound like the solution for you? Give the office a call today to talk to Dr. Kirchner about getting an implant!
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