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    08Nov

    As new technologies are developed in other industries, modern dentistry has kept pace, utilizing modern methods and materials that were not available even twenty years ago. These new methods not only open new areas of treatment in general and restorative dentistry, but greatly enhance the patient’s comfort and recovery time. A good example is the seeming explosion of the use of dental implants made possible in recent years through the use of titanium.

     

    Dental implants can now be used to replace missing teeth. A titanium ‘root’ is implanted into the jaw and allowed to integrate into the surrounding tissue and bone (referred to as osseointegration). Once the ‘root’ has integrated with the structure of the jaw, a dental prosthetic is attached, creating a ‘new’ tooth.

     

    Some patients are concerned about the safety of titanium because it is a foreign substance, but your Spokane Dental Implant Dentist knows that there is simply no other metal in existence that can be introduced into the human body safely and with the benefits of titanium, and it has become the metal of choice within the medical field. Titanium is:

     

    • Strong, yet lightweight
    • Corrosion Resistant
    • Cost-efficient
    • Non-toxic
    • Biocompatible (non-toxic AND not rejected by the body)
    • Long-lasting
    • Non-ferromagnetic (patients with titanium implants can safely obtain MRI’s)
    • Osseointegrated (the joining of bone with artificial implant)
    • Flexibility and elasticity rivals that of human bone

     

    Titanium is also incredibly durable and long-lasting and can last longer than 20 years. Titanium dental implants can be safely used as titanium is judged to be completely inert and immune to corrosion by all body fluids and tissue, making it completely bio-compatible.

     

    If you’re embarrassed about missing teeth, contact our Spokane, Cheney Dental Office today for a free consultation. It is possible to bring back your beautiful smile safely and effectively with long-lasting dental implants.



    10Jun

    Maureen, a new patient to my practice, came in with a problem that was causing her a lot of distress. Years earlier, Maureen lost one of her front teeth.  She always meant to “have it fixed”, and finally came to the Spokane Dentist Office seeking a solution. She confided in me that the reason she avoided treatment was because her parents wore dentures and she remembered their complaints about soreness, irritation, difficulty chewing and a host of other problems.


    I discussed with Maureen how allowing a missing tooth to continue without a replacement is not only unattractive, but can slowly change the structure of your mouth. Your jaw will change, affecting your bite and your ability to chew and speak properly. Maureen also talked about her loss of self-confidence because of her appearance.

    A Dental Implant is essentially a replacement tooth. It is a small titanium post implanted into the jaw bone and held beneath your gum-line. It replaces the root of your missing tooth. The Spokane, Cheney Dental Office will later attach a crown or other appliance to your dental implant to create your new, fully functioning tooth.
     
    Advantages of Dental Implants include:

    • Aesthetically Pleasing: They look and feel like your natural teeth
    • Functionality:  They feel and function like real teeth. You can eat and chew without pain or irritation.
    • Enjoy Your Favorite Foods: In contrast to the bulky design of dentures, implants can actually allow for the improved enjoyment of textures and flavors of your favorite foods.
    • Maintain Bone Structure: Implants help maintain the bone structure of your jaw, preventing unsightly facial changes.