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IMPLANTS

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements used to counter tooth loss. The procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic dentistry, but it also falls into the category of cosmetic dentistry as well.

Although you have a number of options for the treatment of missing teeth, implants have been proven to be the most functionally effective and durable. In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for restoration of complete functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.

Strong, durable and natural in appearance, implants are among the most successful dental procedures performed.

TOOTH LOSS
People who have tooth loss might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk. Additionally, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can have an adverse effect on eating habits and this can lead to secondary health problems like malnutrition. Regardless of the nature of problems related to tooth loss, dental implants may provide a simple remedy with proven results. Contact Jones Dentistry in Spokane to consult on what to do when you lose a tooth.

ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implants are recognized as being stronger and more durable than other restorative options. Implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. Additionally, implants may be used in conjunction with other restorative procedures for maximum effectiveness. For example, a single implant can serve to support a crown replacing a single missing tooth. Implants can also be used to support a bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth, and can be used with dentures to increase stability. Call Jones Dentistry in Spokane to find out if implants are right for you.

THE IMPLANT PROCEDURE
Advancements in dental implants have made implants nearly indistinguishable from other teeth. This appearance is aided in part by the structural and functional relationship between the dental implant and the living bone. Dental implants can be placed in a single sitting but require a period of Osseo integration.

Osseo integration is the direct structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load-bearing dental implant, typically made of titanium. Osseo integrated implants are the most commonly used and the most successful type of dental implant. An Osseo integrated implant takes anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal, at which point, Dr. Jones can complete the procedure with the placement of a crown. Once the implant has anchored with the jawbone, artificial prosthesis may be attached and the process is done. Our dental office in Spokane uses the newest technology for your dental implant procedure to be a success.

Preparing the Jaw for Implantation.
A dental implant is commonly composed of a titanium screw and a crown. A small-diameter hole is drilled in order to guide the titanium screw that holds the dental implant in place. To avoid damaging vital jaw and facial structures, Dr. Jones must use great skill and expertise when boring the hole and sizing the jaw bone.

Placement of the Implant:
After the initial hole has been drilled into the appropriate jaw site, it is slowly widened to allow for placement of the implant screw. Following this placement, a protective cover screw is placed on top to allow the implant site to heal and the dental implant to anchor (osseo integration). After several months, the protective cover is removed and a temporary crown is placed on top of the dental implant. The temporary crown serves as a template around which the gum grows and shapes itself in a natural way. The process is completed when the temporary crown is replaced with a permanent crown.


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Steven G. Jones, D.D.S.
Jones Dentistry, P.S.

4610 N. Ash, Suite 101
Spokane, Washington 99205

Phone: 509.326.2660

Hours:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

 

Steven G. Jones, D.D.S. | Jones Dentistry, P.S.
4610 N. Ash, Suite 101 | Spokane, Washington 99205
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