If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants provide both a permanent and excellent alternative to traditional oral appliances like bridges and partial dentures. They can be used as a singular restoration, replace multiple teeth, or provide support and retention for complete dentures. Implant restorations are natural looking and durable and can last many years. They help to restore and maintain your oral health.

What Are Dental Implants?

Natural teeth are composed of two parts: the root and the crown. This is similar for a dental implant. Both have a root that secures the structure to the jaw beneath the gum line, and both have a crown that is used to chew and is visible in a smile. The difference with an implant is that the “root” is a titanium implant and the “crown” is an artificially made dental restoration.



Why Get a Dental Implant?

  • Replace missing teeth
  • Prevent other teeth from moving
  • Improve chewing and speech
  • Prevent jaw misalignment
  • Enhance appearance


What to Expect:

Dental implants require several appointments over a period of four to eight months. A consultation with the surgeon is the first step of the process. X-rays and dental impressions are taken to aid in treatment planning. The procedure will then take place, and four months will be given in order for the bone to integrate around the implant. In some cases, a bone graft may be needed to establish adequate bone with three to four months of healing before the implant can be placed.

After the implant has stabilized within the bone, an appointment will be made so that impressions can be taken. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab, which will then fabricate a custom crown to be attached to the implant. A second appointment will be needed so that the new implant restoration can be attached securely and comfortably. You will be provided instructions during and after this process to help ensure the success of your new dental implant restoration.

To learn more about dental implant restorations, call our dental office in Spokane, Washington, at 509-327-8681 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nicolas Gallegos today.