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Meadowdale Dental Clinic, conveniently located in Lynnwood, also provides comprehensive and custom dental implant services to Everett, Marysville, Redmond, Shoreline, Bothell, Edmonds, and all neighboring communities.

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Dental implants continue to grow in popularity in the dental cosmetic industry. This type of tooth replacement is by far the most natural feeling and natural looking tooth replacement on the market. Dental implants are the most ideal option for high quality replacement of natural teeth. With proper care, regular checkups and maintenance, these dental implants can last you a lifetime! Many patients who have undergone dental implant procedures seldom cannot tell the difference between the real and the implant tooth!

Dental Implants: A Step by Step Process

Before any procedure takes place, your dentist will first perform a number of x-rays to ensure your jawbone is suitable for an implant procedure. Not everyone is an ideal implant candidate. If you don’t have enough bone structure, the dentist will likely offer additional services to repair this. Bone grafting may be an option for you if you are in need of supporting your jaw bone surrounding the dental implant placement area. If your dental professional says you may not be a good candidate for dental implants, do not worry, there are plenty of alternative options for replacing missing teeth. Options such as dental bridges and dentures could be a safer route for you. Ask your dentist about your choices.

If you are found to be a good candidate for dental implants, then it is time for your consultation. Your cosmetic dentist will inform you of all of the procedures involved in dental implants. Your first appointment will be to remove the decaying or unwanted tooth from your jaw bone and graft. This process is reasonably simple as all dentists are familiar with the removal process. You will likely be numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

After you’ve healed from the removal process (usually in a few weeks’ time), it is now time to insert the implant. This is a dental grade titanium post that is placed into your jawbone where the missing tooth is. A sequence of drills is used to enlarge the site to create a snug fit for the titanium post. A local anesthetic is used during this time as well, so no pain should be felt during the procedure. Once the implant is in, a “healing cap” is placed on top of the post as a placeholder for the permanent crown. This is allowed to heal for a period of 4 to 6 months.

After a few months of healing, you will visit your dentist for the final step in the dental implant process. A step called osseointegration happens during the healing process- a process in which your bone cells grow and fuse into the threads of the implant. This process is needed to ensure the post remains stable after the healing process. On your final appointment, the healing crowns are removed to make way for the permanent ones. These crowns are typically made from a dental grade ceramic and can withstand many years of normal biting. Your dentist can also attach a bridge or dentures to the dental implant as well, depending on your needs.

Ceramic crowns are typically made by the lab that your dentist works with. A custom tooth replacement is created during your healing process time. It is molded and shaped in the exact shape and size needed to fit perfectly into your mouth, without standing out. The time in which your implant lasts is based on several factors related to health, patient bite force, and oral hygiene.

Dental Implants Post-Procedure Care Tips

Your dentist will go over the aftercare protocol for your dental implant during your healing process. It’s important to allow yourself ample time to heal. You need to ensure no large amounts of pressure or strain is added anywhere near the implant area. It is imperative to allow time for the titanium post to fuse with the jawbone. Avoid chewing on hard foods for at least 4-5 days as the surgical site is still sensitive during this time. It is normal to experience a certain level of pain, depending on your tolerance. Ask your dentist about pain management as he or she may go over the proper dosage and usage of over the counter pain medication.

Some minor swelling after the procedure is normal and slight bleeding may occur as well. It’s important to remain calm as most of these after-stages are completely normal. You can delay the healing process if you smoke, spit, rinse, or excessively chew, especially in the first few days of the healing process. Smoking can slow the healing process immensely and can cause serious amounts of pain. It can also contribute to infections and the introduction of bacteria. Diabetes is also a risk factor for premature implant failure.

The patient can use ice packs in order to alleviate some initial pain and swelling in the first 24 hours after the procedure. You may need to come into the dentist office if your stitches need to be removed, however, in many cases, dissolving stitches are used and will come out on their own. Your dentist will indicate whether a follow up appointment is necessary.

Cost Coverage for Dental Implants

It is important to stay up to date with your insurance coverage as it may save you some money for your dental implant procedure. There are many cases where dental implants are covered by your insurance as they may be needed to correct a severe cavity or form of decay in your mouth. Ask your dentist about all financial options.

Be sure to visit your dentist twice yearly to get a dental checkup and for a thorough cleaning. Ensure your dental implants last a lifetime by taking good care of them as if they were your natural teeth. Brush and floss twice a day and maintain a healthy diet to guarantee perfect oral health. Don’t wait too long before your next dental checkup, keep your dental investment intact by having a professional check on it.

Meadowdale Dental Clinic, conveniently located in Lynnwood, also provides comprehensive and custom dental implant services to Everett, Marysville, Redmond, Shoreline, Bothell, Edmonds, and all neighboring communities.