Dental Implants

Dental implants may be the best option for replacing a single tooth, or multiple missing teeth.

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a metal post that is attached directly to the jawbone. After the bone and surrounding tissue has healed, an artificial tooth is attached to the implant. Implants provide superior benefits compared to bridge work as they do not depend on neighboring teeth for structural support, although they are more expensive. Implants are the closest dental structure in durability to natural teeth and have greater cosmetic appeal.

Implants are used to:
•  Replace missing teeth
•  Prevent teeth from shifting
•  Correct bite issues due to missing teeth
•  Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite
•  Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons)

Types of Artificial Teeth Available

When it comes to dental implants, crowns are usually chosen in order to replace a single tooth, and each prosthetic will attach to a singular implant. In other cases, a bridge may be used to replace multiple teeth, and it may require several implants in order to provide adequate support.

Full arch prosthetics could be used in order to replace all teeth in the lower or upper jaw. With this type of restoration, the total number of the implants used will depend on how much bone is available and other factors. An over denture may be able to attach to a bar, while a fixed prosthetic will be permanent and can only be removed by your dentist.

Dental Implant Candidates

If you are interested in dental implants, it is important to first see if you are a candidate. We'll help to evaluate your unique, individual situation and explain your options.

Call our office at (509) 547-1631 to schedule an appointment and learn which tooth replacement options are right for you.

Bagley Dental
(509) 547-1631
4904 Convention Drive
Pasco, WA 99301
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