Preserve Your Smile and Jaw Structure with Dental Implants at Spokane Valley Dentistry

Losing a tooth isn’t just a cosmetic concern—it can lead to serious oral health issues, including the deterioration of your jawbone. However, the advancements in dental technology offer a powerful solution to this problem. At Spokane Valley Dentistry, under the expertise of Dr. Josh Conway, dental implants stand out as a beacon of hope for those looking to preserve their smile and jaw health.

Let's explore how dental implants can be the key to maintaining your oral health and confidence.

Understanding Tooth Loss and Bone Deterioration

Tooth loss can occur due to various reasons, including periodontal disease, trauma, or decay. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone no longer receives the necessary stimulation it needs to maintain its density and strength. This lack of stimulation leads to bone deterioration over time—a process known as resorption. This can result in further tooth loss, changes in facial structure, and decreased functionality, impacting not only your oral health but also your overall quality of life.

How Dental Implants Can Discourage Bone Deterioration

Dental implants are designed to mimic the natural root structure of teeth, providing a stable foundation for artificial teeth. Made from biocompatible materials, such as titanium, implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone tissue through a process called osseointegration.

This fusion provides the necessary stimulation to the jawbone, much like natural tooth roots, helping to prevent bone loss and maintain the jawbone’s strength and shape. By fusing with the bone tissue, patients also get benefits including:

  • Preservation of Bone Structure: By acting as a substitute for tooth roots, dental implants provide the stimulation needed to preserve bone structure, preventing the jawbone from deteriorating. Additionally, they do not require the alteration of adjacent teeth, as seen with bridges.

  • Longevity and Stability: Implants are a long-term solution, offering stability, strength, and comfort that can last a lifetime with proper care. Contrast this with an alternative like dentures which may require adjustments to correct slipping or discomfort.

  • Improved Functionality and Aesthetics: Dental implants restore not only the functionality of your teeth, allowing you to eat and speak without difficulty but also your smile’s natural appearance and can improve your self-esteem through the restoration of your smile!

The Dental Implant Process at Spokane Valley Dentistry

Embarking on the journey to restore your smile with dental implants begins with a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Conway. Here, we’ll assess your oral health and discuss your goals to determine if dental implants are the right solution for you. The process involves several steps:

  • Preparation: Any necessary preparations, such as treating underlying oral health issues.

  • Implant Placement: The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone.

  • Healing and Osseointegration: A period of healing is allowed for the implant to integrate with the bone.

  • Abutment and Crown Placement: Once healed, an abutment is attached to the implant, followed by the artificial tooth or crown.

Throughout each step, our team at Spokane Valley Dentistry ensures your comfort and keeps you informed, making the journey to a stronger smile as smooth as possible.

How You Can Care for Your Dental Implants

Like natural teeth, dental implants require regular care to ensure their longevity. This includes daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental check-ups & cleanings at Spokane Valley Dentistry. With proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime, supporting not just your smile but your overall oral health.

Your Journey to a Stronger Smile Starts Here

Dental implants are more than just a solution for tooth loss—they are an investment in your health, appearance, and confidence. If you’re ready to take the next step towards a stronger, healthier smile, Spokane Valley Dentistry is here to guide you. Contact us at (509) 253-1241 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Josh Conway. Let’s work together to preserve your smile and jaw structure with the transformative power of dental implants.

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