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By Peter Elton DMD, PLLC
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantTooth loss does more than just ruin your smile; it can also ruin your oral and general health over time. From nutrition problems to bone loss in the gums, tooth loss is more than just a cosmetic problem that affects your social and professional life. Dental implants are the only restoration that replaces the entire tooth structure from root to crown, making it the next best thing to a natural tooth. The dentists at Cedarbrook Dental, Dr. Peter Elton and Dr. Douglas Clarke, offer implant dentistry in Gig Harbor, WA.

Fix Your Smile and Improve Your Oral Health with Dental Implants in Gig Harbor, WA

Bone loss in the gums is a hidden but serious long-term side effect of tooth loss. The bone tissue that supports the teeth begins to erode as soon as a tooth falls out or gets extracted, increasing the risk of periodontal (gum) disease, as well as instability of the surrounding teeth.

How Dental Implants Improve Your Long-Term Oral Health

Implants are surgically placed in the socket of a missing tooth, at which point they begin to fuse with the existing bone tissue, preventing further bone loss and spurring the growth of healthy new tissue (known as osseointegration). Once the implant is solidly in place, the cosmetic crown is attached and the restoration is complete.

Successful implants look and function just like natural teeth, and allow you to eat your favorite foods, improve your oral health, and allow you to enjoy the same quality of life as you did before tooth loss. Like natural teeth, implants require rigorous oral hygiene and follow up preventive care visits to the dentist every six months to prevent complications. If you are an adult in good overall health and have enough bone density to support an implant, implants may be a good fit for you.

Find a Dentist in Gig Harbor, WA

For more information about the short and long-term benefits of dental implants, contact Cedarbrook Dental by calling (253) 851-1190 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elton or Dr. Clarke today.