Dental Implants

Larry R. Adams, DMD -  - Cosmetic and Emergency Dentist

Dental Care By Design

Larry R. Adams, DMD

Cosmetic and Emergency Dentist located in Lacey, WA

A missing tooth affects more than just the appearance of your smile; it can actually damage the health of your gums, jaw, and other teeth. At Dental Care By Design in Lacey, Washington, Larry R. Adams, DMD, provides high-quality dental implants in order to restore, repair, and enhance the smiles of his patients with missing teeth. Dr. Adams also serves the Olympia, WA and Tumwater WA area. To learn more about how Dr. Adams can enhance your oral health with dental implants, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or booking your visit online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made from titanium. Because the human body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, the hard and soft tissue of your mouth heals around it fusing to the implant after it’s inserted into your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration.

Once fused with your jawbone, a dental implant provides a sturdy foundation for a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or dentures, giving you a tooth replacement that feels and functions just like your natural teeth.

Dental implants have an incredibly high success rate, with some studies showing a 5-year success rate of 98.6%.

Why should I get dental implants?

By providing replacement tooth roots, dental implants prevent and correct many of the problems that are caused by missing teeth, such as:

  • Decreased self-confidence
  • Poor diet caused by difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Bone loss in the jaw from under-stimulation
  • Jaw fractures resulting from bone loss

Dental implants also have a number of advantages over other tooth replacement options, like bridges and dentures. Some of the benefits of dental implants include:

  • No required modification of your neighboring teeth, unlike bridges
  • You don’t need to remove at night, unlike dentures
  • Staying in place without adhesives

And because dental implants function just like your natural teeth, they don’t require any special tools or techniques to keep clean. You simply brush and floss them like you would your normal teeth.

How do I get dental implants?

Dental Care By Design can install your dental implants in only a couple of office visits. During your first visit, Dr. Adams makes an incision into your jawbone and inserts the dental implant into your bone socket. Afterward, you go home to heal giving the implant time to fuse with your jawbone. This process takes anywhere between three and nine months.

Once the implant has fused and is firmly in place, you come back for another visit. After Dr. Adams checks to make sure the implant has healed properly, he screws a metal abutment into the implant and cements a dental crown on top. The final product is a replacement tooth that looks and feels just like the real thing.

Don’t wait to improve your smile and oral health. Schedule an appointment with Dental Care By Design and get started on dental implant journey today. You can call the office or book your visit online.