Do you have gaps or spaces in your smile? Do you have missing permanent teeth? If you wish to restore the beauty and functionality of your smile, ask Dr. Dennis Burrell about dental implants in University Place, Washington. Dental implants are made up of a titanium post and a restoration. The post is surgically placed in your jawbone and acts as replacement tooth roots. The restoration replaces the missing tooth or teeth. It can be a dental crown, bridge, or dentures. Dental implants can do the following:
- Improve and restore the appearance of your smile
- Become a permanent part of your smile
- Allow you to eat and speak normally
- Improve your oral health
- Last many years, even a lifetime
To place a dental implant, our dentist first surgically places the implant post into the bone socket of the missing tooth. During the jawbone’s healing process, which takes about 6 to 12 weeks, the bone grows around the implant post. This anchors the post in your jaw, making it a part of you. A connector post called an abutment is attached to the end of the implant post. Impressions are made of your teeth so that the crown, bridge, or denture can be constructed. When it is ready, the restoration is attached to the abutment.
We invite you to contact Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC today to learn more and to schedule a consultation.