A missing tooth should always be replaced, not only for cosmetic reasons but to prevent a host of oral health issues. And when it comes to tooth replacement choices, a dental implant is the most durable, functional, and natural-looking option available. For expert dental implants, contact Dr. Nabil Al Krumly of Krumly Dental Care in Seattle, Washington. Call or book a consultation online today.
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. It consists of a titanium post, which is implanted in your jaw, an abutment, and a dental crown.
The titanium post acts like a tooth root, which provides a stable base for the rest of the prosthetic and stimulates healthy bone growth in your jaw, just like a natural tooth root. The abutment connects the post to the crown, which replaces the visible part of your tooth. The crowns are custom-made to match your remaining natural teeth.
In most cases, Dr. Krumly places your dental implant over three appointments. If your teeth and jaw are healthy and strong, Dr. Krumly implants the titanium post in your jaw during the first visit.
You will need to wait a few weeks for your jaw and gums to heal before the second step can be completed.
During the second appointment, Dr. Krumly fits your abutment and takes a mold of your gums and remaining teeth. This mold is used to create your crown, so if fits your mouth and matches your teeth perfectly. Dr. Krumly will fit you with a temporary crown at the end of this appointment to wear while your custom crown is made.
At your final appointment, Dr. Krumly removes your temporary crown and places your permanent crown. He checks your bite and polishes the crown or crowns until they shine like natural teeth.
You take care of dental implants just like natural teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. You should have dental checkups and professional cleanings at least twice a year.
With proper care, your dental implants should last a lifetime. Even if you have all of your teeth replaced, you will need to have regular checkups with Dr. Krumly to make sure your jaw stays healthy and your implants are in good shape.