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By Advanced Dental Care
August 27, 2014
Category: Dental Implants
Are missing teeth making you look older than you really are? Then dental implants may be for you. Dental implants are an efficient and common way for Dr. Aflatooni to replace your missing teeth to help you get your smile and appearance back. They are made up of titanium and other materials that are well suited with the human body.
 
Your overall quality of life is sure to be enhanced with the replacement of your teeth. With an implant-supported tooth or teeth replacement, your smile and facial structure will look more natural. Increased comfort and confidence while smiling, speaking and eating is one of the many benefits. Digital Dental Implant
 

Facial Atrophy and Missing Teeth

Missing teeth causes bone loss in the jaws. The loss of bone over time affects more than just your mouth. Facial sagging, premature aging, and loss of function are all results of atrophy in the upper and lower jaws. Patients who wear dentures find this to happen quite frequently. Since dentures sit over the gums, the jaw continues to shrink because the bone is not stimulated by the presence of teeth. Dentures usually have to be refitted over time due to shrinkage.
 
If dentures have caused you so many problems over the years, including a sagging facial structure, it’s time to consider dental implants. When dental implants are placed, the bone is stimulated and can be regenerated to a degree. Bone grafts can also be performed when you are lacking a sufficient amount of jawbone. This builds up enough support for the implants. 
 
So the rule of thumb—the sooner implants are placed, the better.
 

Dental Implants Procedure

Here is the behind the scenes of what goes on during a dental implant procedure. 
  1. We insert the screw-like implant into the jaw and wait until the gum tissue and jawbone make contact with the implant. 
  2. Place an abutment (the connecting piece between an implant and crown) onto the implant. 
  3. Create a synthetic crown based on your tooth shade and shape. 
  4. Place the synthetic crown onto the abutment, securing the tooth replacement.  
To learn more about dental implants and the prevention of facial atrophy or sagging, contact our Mill Creek dental office today at 425-482-2322.
 

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