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By Mike White, DDS
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

It’s never too late to get the full smile you deserve after tooth loss.

So, you’re missing teeth, but you aren’t sure which replacement option is the right one for you. No problem. That’s where our Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White and his expertise comes in handy. Restorative dentistry has made some incredible strides over the years, allowing our dental team to provide patients with amazingly durable and lifelike tooth replacement options that blend right in.

Here are just some of the popular restorations we use to replace missing teeth,

Dental Implants

Since implants mimic the look and function of a real tooth, they have quickly become a popular way for adults to replace one or more teeth. This metal post is placed into the jawbone where it takes the place of your tooth roots. Over the course of 3-6 months, the bone and tissue will grow around the implant, making it a permanent part of the jawbone. From there, an implant can support a false tooth.

If you are a healthy individual who is missing one or more teeth then you could very well be a candidate for dental implants. Our Chehalis, WA, restorative dentist will examine your mouth and jawbone to make sure that they are healthy enough for implants.

Bridges

If you are looking for an easy way to fill a gap in your smile then a dental bridge may be a fast solution. Bridges are a commonly placed restoration that offers a way for patients who are a bit more budget-conscious to get the false teeth they need to restore their smile. In order to get a dental bridge, our dental team will need to make sure that the natural teeth surrounding the gap are strong enough to support the bridge. From there, natural teeth are prepped and crowns are cemented into place over these teeth to support the one or two false teeth in the middle.

Full Dentures

Are you dealing with complete tooth loss? If so, full dentures can provide you with an easy and fast solution to getting a full set of teeth gain. Full dentures are customized to your mouth’s measurements to provide the best possible fit. Full dentures can be used to replace either your upper or lower teeth, and are place in a matter of weeks.

If you are looking for a dentist in Chehalis, WA, that can restore your missing teeth and improve your smile for life then call (360) 748-0168 to learn more or to schedule an evaluation with us.

By Mike White, DDS
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out how this popular tooth replacement could restore your smile for life.

While losing a tooth might have been exciting when we were children, it certainly isn’t once we become adults. Unfortunately, millions of Implant Americans are missing teeth. Are you one of them? If so, our Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White has a long-term tooth replacement that could have you smiling again in no time.

What is a Dental Implant?

This metal prosthetic is inserted into the jawbone underneath the gums where it will provide a stable and long-term foundation to support a false tooth or teeth. The implant itself is not designed to look like a tooth but will take on the role of tooth roots and anchor your artificial tooth in place.

How does a Dental Implant Function?

For an implant to take the place of your tooth roots, our Chehalis, WA, restorative dentist will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone. Before this can happen, a small hole is drilled into the bone so the implant can be positioned. Over the course of several months, the bone will grow around the implant and integrate with the metal restoration to become one. This naturally occurring phenomenon is known as osseointegration.

Once the bone and implant have become one, the next step is to place an abutment on top of the implant. The abutment’s main job is to connect the implant with the artificial tooth. In some cases, the implant will already have a built-in abutment, in which case placing an abutment separately will not be unnecessary.

If you still need to get an abutment, you will need to come into our office for another minor procedure. During this procedure, we will open up the gums so that Dr. White can attach the abutment on top of the implant. After the gums have healed from the abutment procedure, he will cement a dental crown on top of the abutment to complete the restoration. With the proper care, a dental implant could end up lasting the rest of your life.

Do you want to learn more about dental implants and see if they are the right choice for you? Call our Chehalis, WA, dental office today at (360) 748-0168 and let us know that you are interested in what implants can offer you.