Why Replace Missing Teeth
When people lose a tooth either to decay or due to an accident, they sometimes decide to live with the leftover gap, especially when the space is located in the rear of the mouth where it’s less noticeable. Unfortunately, missing teeth can cause our bodies to react in unexpected ways.
Often, a lost tooth promotes resorption, or bone loss, at the site, which will weaken the jaw. Additionally, surrounding teeth will often begin to float or shift into the space once held by the missing tooth (teeth), causing shifting which can promote temporomandibular disorder (TMD). What you may have considered a mild cosmetic irritation ultimately becomes something that can cause a great deal of pain, and can even change the way you talk.
Shifting can also cause other teeth to become crooked, which can promote a less attractive smile. Additionally, if you lose enough teeth, bone loss can cause your jaw to take on a sunken look, which will cause you to look much older than you actually are.
What Are Dental Implants?
In addition to their many previous years of training, Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins attend on-going training courses at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Our Spokane dentists have constant access to the most cutting-edge technology and advanced techniques. Aside from being dedicated learners, they are also clinical instructors at LVI. They utilize their experience in the treatment of every patient with customized excellence in cosmetic dentistry.
A dental implant consists of a titanium post that fits inside the jaw bone just as a tooth’s root would. Then a dental crown is attached to the post in place of the missing tooth. Not only is the gap filled and your cosmetic issue taken care of; thanks to the post attached to the crown, the bone is constantly stimulated, which helps to prevent any potential bone loss.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most people are candidates for dental implants in Spokane, WA. However, there are criteria that you have to meet.
- You must be at least 18 years old to be a candidate for dental implants. And sometimes, that may be too young. Your jaw must be fully developed to be a candidate.
- Healthy enough for surgery. The implant process requires anesthesia, so you must be fit for surgery.
- Healthy gums. You need to have healthy gums to undergo dental implant surgery. If you’re experiencing gum disease, we will treat it before placing your implants.
- Sufficient jawbone density. Your dental implants anchor to your jaw, so you’ll need to have adequate jawbone dentistry. If a thorough examination of your jaw shows that you don’t, bone grafting may be necessary to place your implants. We can do that right here for you at our office
If you smoke or have osteoporosis, make sure to mention it to doctors Ken and Marnie Collins. They’ll determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants, but if not, other options are available to replace your missing teeth.
Dental Implant FAQ
1. How long does the dental implant process take?
It takes 4 – 6 months for your dental implants to heal. In most cases, we can place the permanent crown right away, but if not, you’ll get a temporary crown that matches the color of your teeth while your implants heal.
2. Will people know I have implants?
That’s one of the best things about dental implants; no one will know! They’re the best tooth-replacement option on the market because they look and act just like your natural teeth.
3. How long do dental implants last?
As long as you take care of your mouth, teeth, and gums by brushing, flossing, and regularly visiting your Spokane dentist, your implant can last a lifetime. The crown on top of your implant can last 10 -15 years before needing replacement.
4. How many implants can you have in your mouth?
You can have an entire mouth full of dental implants!
Are You Considering Dental Implants in Spokane?
If you have a missing tooth that you’d like to take care of, Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins of Spokane, WA would be happy to talk with you about it. You can contact our office by email or call us at (509) 532-1111 in Spokane. You can also make an appointment online.