Dental Implants – Covington, WA
Keeping Teeth in Place Permanently
Dental bridges and dentures were once the only options available for those suffering from tooth loss. However, there is an alternative tooth replacement option that is now allowing millions of individuals to live life without the worry of slipping prosthetics. At Complete Dental Care of Covington, our team is pleased to provide this solution – dental implants. You or a loved one can embrace a smile that will last decades if not a lifetime. If you’d like to learn whether dental implants in Covington are right for you, call us today.
Why Choose Complete Dental Care of Covington for Dental Implants?
- Works with Implant Dentists in the Area
- Dental Cone Beam Scanner Used for Clear Diagnostic Imaging
- High-Quality Dental Materials for Natural Appearances
What Are Dental Implants?
Instead of having a prosthetic only replicate the look of a complete smile, dental implants replace a tooth from root to crown. As the only tooth replacement solution that can do this, dental implants offer maximum stability and longevity, allowing you to maintain a permanent smile for 30 years or more. Not only do dental implants allow for greater confidence and an enhanced appearance, but they also make it easier to eat your favorite foods and speak without slurring your words.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
There is a four-step process you must go through when receiving dental implants. As a tooth replacement solution that cannot be completed in just days or weeks, it is necessary for each step to be successful before moving on to the next. Our team will go over this in detail during your initial visit so that you are fully aware of what you can expect when preparing for your new smile.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Navi Dhaliwal. During this visit, she will evaluate your smile to identify how best to move forward with dental implants. Your oral and overall health will be taken into consideration, as you will need to be in good general health if you are to undergo minor oral surgery. If preliminary treatments are needed (i.e., tooth extractions, gum disease treatment, bone grafting), they will be performed before receiving your new teeth.
Dental Implant Surgery
We partner with local dental implant specialists in the area and will refer you to one of them for your implant surgery. You’ll receive anesthesia to numb the areas of your mouth before the implant dentist makes one or more incisions in your gums. This will allow them to properly place each implant post into its designated area. Using a pre-determined depth, they will position your new teeth and close the gum tissue to allow for effective healing.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment
When returning home, you can expect to spend three to six months recovering and allowing the implants to fuse with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. Once you’re healed, you’ll have your metal abutments, which are small connectors that make it possible for implants to attach to the restoration, put into place. It will likely take several weeks to heal from your abutment placement before you can receive your final restoration.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
Based on the number of teeth that require replacement, Dr. Navi Dhaliwal will attach a dental crown, bridge, or denture over your implant(s) when ready. This new addition will allow you to use your teeth normally and begin to experience the many great benefits that only dental implants can provide.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants are practically endless. When you compare them against dental bridges or dentures, it’s easy to see why millions of Americans have chosen permanent prosthetics to replace their missing teeth. Some of the most common benefits of dental implants include greater stimulation to your jawbone to prevent facial sagging, the ability to maintain better oral health because your teeth are easy to clean, and optimal cost-effectiveness because you do not need adjustments or replacements along the way.
Dental Implant FAQs
Now that you've gone over the details provided above, you should have a better understanding of the procedure involved in getting dental implants in Covington. Of course, it's natural to have a few lingering concerns before moving forward with the process. To help you out, we've decided to address some of the most common questions we get asked from our patients. If you'd rather speak to our team directly, please feel free to reach out without hesitation!
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
Before the procedure starts, your mouth will be numbed using a local anesthetic. Luckily, the jawbone contains relatively few nerve endings. It's likely that you will be sedated, which will reduce your body's sensitivity to pain. Although the surgery itself should be painless, you might experience some soreness in your mouth for a few days following the procedure. Follow instructions for taking prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication. Cold compresses can also provide relief. If the discomfort persists or worsens after two or three days, reach out to the dentist for further guidance.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
When expertly placed, dental implants can achieve a success rate of about 95%. The longevity of your implants relies on diligent maintenance through oral hygiene, regular checkups, a balanced diet, and other factors. The success outcome can also be influenced by the implant's position in the mouth. Molars, for example, experience greater chewing pressure than front teeth, making them slightly more susceptible to potential challenges.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Dental Implant Surgery?
You can typically return to your regular routines the day following the surgery. However, for the initial week, it's advisable to avoid strenuous exercise, as it might hinder the healing process. Bleeding should subside within the first couple of days, and swelling should diminish in three to four days. Be sure to follow the instructions for taking prescribed or over-the-counter pain relievers. The fusion of your implants with the jawbone might take up to six months.
Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Eat with Dental Implants?
In the initial few weeks post-surgery, steer clear of tough-to-chew foods. Refrain from drinking alcoholic, sugary, or acidic beverages, and avoid using a straw. Subsequently, your diet can include nearly all the foods you'd eat with natural teeth.
You will need to practice caution with certain foods. Sticky or chewy candies can potentially loosen or dislodge your restoration. Be mindful when consuming them or consider omitting them from your diet. Similarly, be cautious when chewing on foods like nuts and ice, as they have the potential to harm your implants, just as they might with natural teeth.