Dental implants are one of the longest-lasting and aesthetically pleasing restorative dental procedures available. Our professionals at Cascade Dental Care can provide you with a beautiful and functional new smile with the use of dental implants. Let us help rebuild your smile with our patient-focused treatment options and friendly staff.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two general types of dental implants available through our office. The type of implants used will depend on your needs and dental history. Our team will cover both of these options during your visit and guide you on the path to your new smile.
The first type of dental implant is an endosteal implant. These types of implants are shaped like small screws and are usually made out of titanium. They are the most common type of dental implant and are surgically placed in your jawbone.
The other type of dental implant is a subperiosteal implant. These implants are not placed in the jawbone. They are placed underneath your gums, on or above your jawbone.
Subperiosteal implants may be recommended if your jawbone is not healthy enough to support the installation of endosteal implants. If you want endosteal implants but do not have a strong, healthy jawbone, bone augmentation is a possible option. Bone augmentation is a procedure that involves rebuilding and strengthening your jawbone.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure will involve a series of visits with our team. Your initial visit will involve the use of advanced digital imaging. During this process, our team will get detailed measurements of your mouth. They will utilize these images to determine the best placement areas for your implants.
Detail focused imaging during your initial visit will ensure that your implants are properly installed. This process also facilitates a better healing and recovery process for you.
Once your implants are ready, the procedure will be scheduled. Our team will administer an anesthetic before beginning your implant procedure. They will then make cuts into your gum line to expose your jaw bone. A specialized drill is utilized to drill pilot holes into your jawbone.
Our professionals will then begin inserting the metal posts of the implants into your jawbone. They will suture the area and monitor you while the anesthetic dissipates. They will then provide you with aftercare instructions.
Dental Implant Maintenance
As with your natural teeth, proper maintenance of your dental implants is vital to their longevity. Your implant posts will last a lifetime with proper care and regular visits. Your crowns or replacement teeth will last approximately 10 to 15 years.
It is highly important that you return for regular exams and cleanings because dental implants require specialized cleaning procedures. Failure to receive professional cleanings and exams can make you susceptible to infections and decay. Our team will continually monitor the health of your gums and dental implants during these visits. This will include continued imaging to monitor the bone density of your jawbone and the integrity of the implant posts.
Do not settle for an incomplete smile or lower quality restorative solutions. Contact our team at Cascade Dental Care and let us discuss dental implants with you today. You can reach us at 360-916-4200.