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Dental Implants Specialist

Alpine Dental & Wellness

Family, Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Monroe, WA

Dental implants give you a reason to smile. If you’re missing teeth and searching for a way to improve your appearance, Alpine Dental in Monroe, Washington, offers the latest innovations in dental implant technology. Their experienced dentists perform dental implant procedures from the comfort of the office to restore your smile and confidence. Call to learn more about dental implant options and book your appointment.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium fixture placed into the bone, under the gums.

Once your dentist sets the body of the implant, the bone naturally grows around it. That provides a restorative foundation for your teeth, letting your tooth regain normal function without using a bridge or a denture.

How are dental implants placed?

Your dentist surgically inserts the dental implant into the bone and leaves it untreated to allow the bone to grow around it. The area remains untreated for 4-6 months to allow for proper bone growth.

There may be initial swelling and tenderness in the area following surgery. Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain medication to ease discomfort. They may also advise a diet of soft foods to prevent irritation to the implant area.

The next step involves another visit to attach an abutment to the tooth. That's the part of the implant that supports the permanent crown.

Your dentist takes an impression of the implant so the dental lab can make the final restoration. Once in place, the dental implant is fully functional and resembles your natural teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer many benefits to those who have lost teeth due to injury or decay. These benefits include:

  • Aesthetically-pleasing appearance
  • A permanent, non-removable structure fused with your natural bone
  • Excellent support of your surrounding teeth
  • Elimination of discomfort or pain while eating or talking
  • Prevention of bone atrophy (shrinkage)

Permanent dental implants eliminate the need to use dental bridges to replace missing teeth. They ensure a comfortable fit, and you regain the ability to chew and talk without concern of movement, which is typical with dentures.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are an efficient way to replace missing teeth if the person is healthy and has a jaw structure capable of supporting implants. Smokers and those with chronic illnesses, including leukemia and diabetes, may experience a slower healing time following surgery.

It’s also important for those undergoing implant surgery to have good oral hygiene after the procedure, keeping the area around the implant very clean. A buildup of food particles and bacteria can weaken the bone supporting the implant and may increase your risk for gum disease.

For a dental implant consultation, book an appointment online today.