Dental Implants − Serving Cheney, Spokane, Medical Lake WA
Dr. Jacob Ridl, DDS – Cheney WA
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
What are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Ridl or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon that we work very closely with. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
What is involved in Dental Implant Surgery?
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Traditionally, the placement of dental implants would involve two surgical procedures. Although, two procedures are sometimes needed, most implant placements are now completed in one surgical procedure. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures or crowns and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Ridl will begin making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes four to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.