Benefits of Dental Implants

If you are missing a tooth, you might not give it much thought beyond the practical inconvenience it poses when you are eating and chewing. Unfortunately, a single missing tooth can create a world of problems for the health of your mouth and teeth. Dental implants are the most effective way of preventing these problems, restoring both the look and the functionality of your smile in the process.

Dental Problems Caused by Missing Teeth

When missing teeth are not replaced, several different dental problems can occur:
•  Your remaining teeth can shift
•  Food can become impacted in the empty socket, leading to infection
•  Your bite pressure may be unbalanced, causing some teeth to flare out
•  You may experience increased vulnerability to gum disease
•  The bone loss that occurs can lead to future tooth loss
•  Your facial muscles can atrophy, resulting in wrinkles and sunken cheeks

For all of these reasons and more, your best option when you are missing a tooth is to replace it with a dental implant as quickly as possible, before too much bone loss renders an implant impossible to place. If you have experienced too much bone loss for implants to be successful, Cooley Smiles also offers dental bridges as an alternative treatment option.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Thanks to modern dental technology, the dental implant process today is safer, more efficient, and more reliable than ever. Dental implants have a 95% success rate, and the dental crown restorations used by our Seattle implant dentists Dr. Aaron and Dr. Brandon are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Since implants are bonded to your living bone—a process called osseointegration—they are also highly durable and functional, becoming a natural part of your smile.

It takes anywhere from 3–6 months for dental implants to anchor themselves to your jaw bone and heal. Once an implant is installed, the final crown restoration will be placed, and you can enjoy a new smile that not only looks and feels great, but protects your mouth from the many dental problems caused by missing teeth.

Caring for your dental implants is simple. Establishing good dental hygiene habits and scheduling regular implant dentistry check-ups with Dr. Aaron or Dr. Brandon will help ensure your implants last for decades to come.

If you live in the Bellevue or Seattle areas of Washington and need to replace one or more missing teeth, please contact the experienced implant dentists at Cooley Smiles today to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.

As a patient, three things stand out to me about Cooley Smiles - the great quality dental work, the cleanliness of the facility and thorough follow up. These are major differentiators that I look for in dental providers and to-date, I've always been satisfied with my experience. Thanks for the great patient care, Cooley Smiles team!

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