Dental Implants in Bellevue, WA
Our teeth are designed to be highly durable and can even last a lifetime with proper care. However, for whatever reason, some adults suffer tooth loss that leaves them looking for a solution to get back their healthy smiles.
Dr. Troy Kemahli places dental implants to Bellevue patients who want a modern solution to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges and dentures are other options, but dental implants offer many benefits these other methods don’t. In fact, we can often pair dental implants with these other tooth replacements to achieve a beautiful, comfortable, and functional smile.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
It is always best to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible, and not just for aesthetic reasons. The loss of just one tooth places excessive force on remaining teeth and lead to broken or fractured teeth, teeth grinding, jaw pain, and even TMJ problems.
Also, when a tooth and its root are lost, bone in the area starts to atrophy and shrink. Those with missing teeth often have a sunken facial appearance because jawbone loss eliminates the support that gives the face and lips a full, youthful appearance. Even worse, bone loss can lead to loose teeth and even additional tooth loss.
The Dental Implant Difference
A dental implant is a titanium replacement root that Bellevue dentist Dr. Troy Kemahli places surgically in your jawbone. Once it’s in place, a process called osseointegration occurs, and the implant fuses securely with bone and tissue in your jaw.
Since the implant is now a part of your jaw’s anatomy, when we restore it with a bridge or denture, you will have a natural-looking full tooth replacement. From the implant in your jaw to the crown of the tooth you see when you smile, your implant looks, acts, and functions just like a real tooth.
Who Should Consider Dental Implants?
Most people who are missing at least one tooth and are healthy enough for oral surgery are good candidates for implant placement. Dr. Kemahli starts with a full examination that includes photos and x-rays of your teeth.
To get an implant placed at our Bellevue dental office, you need sufficient dense bone in your jaw to stabilize it. Don’t give up hope if you’ve been told you can’t get an implant, however. A procedure called bone grafting is available that rebuilds the bone in your jaw, and Dr. Kemahli will be happy to explain how that process works if you’re interested.
Living with Your New Dental Implant
Oral hygiene and preventive dental care are crucial, as the success and longevity of your implant rely on keeping your gums healthy and free of disease. Brush twice a day, floss once, and visit us every six months for dental exams and teeth cleanings.
Ask Us About Dental Implants
If you would like to schedule an appointment to learn more about dental implants, we would love to speak with you. Dr. Kemahli and his team are pleased to provide modern tooth replacements for residents in Bellevue and the surrounding communities of Redmond, Kirkland, and beyond.