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Yakima, WA 98902
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Posts for: April, 2016

By Reep Family Dental
April 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are your missing teeth affecting more than just your smile? Do you feel embarrassed or self-conscious of your gaps? If so, you could dental implantsbenefit from dental implants. These permanent and effective dental restorations rejuvenate your smile, leaving you looking and feeling great. Don’t let missing teeth affect your smile. Ask your Yakima, WA dentist about dental implants.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants have three main parts:

  • Implant Fixture: The fixture is a titanium, biocompatible cylinder which your dentist implants into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth to replace its root.
  • Implant Abutment: The implant’s abutment connects the implant’s fixture to the prosthetic tooth.
  • Crown: A dental crown covers the implant itself to replace the missing tooth.

Dental implants work in two phases: implantation/recovery and crown placement. During phase one, your dentist surgically implants the fixture into the jawbone. After surgery, the fixture begins to integrate into the bone. After successful integration, phase two begins. This simply involves an appointment with your dentist to attach the crown to the fixture.

What can dental implants do? 
In addition to replacing a single tooth, dental implants can also replace many or all of the teeth. By strategically placing implant fixtures throughout the arch of the mouth, the implants can hold a removable or permanent full denture in place. Implants also replace several teeth in a row with an implant-supported bridge. Instead of using the healthy teeth surrounding a gap to hold the bridge in place, an implant on either side provides a sturdy foundation for the restoration.

The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are made to last a lifetime with the proper care. They function and feel just like normal teeth, meaning you will care for your new implant just as you would your own teeth. Brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day and seeing your dentist for regular examinations and cleanings at six-month intervals ensures your implants stay healthy. In addition to being easy to maintain, dental implants also function like natural teeth. This allows you to eat the foods you love, speak without fear of your dentures moving around or falling out and live a confident, gap-free life.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Nic Reep, DDS at Reep Family Dental and Dental Sleep Solutions in Yakima, WA. Call (509) 248-0986 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for dental implants.