Dental implants replace the original root of a missing tooth, functioning just like your natural teeth as they anchor a crown, bridge, or dentures. At EZ Dental Clinic in Bellevue, Washington, our team, has extensive experience in inserting dental implants that preserve the health of your jaw while restoring your smile. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

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What is a dental implant?

Dental implants replace one, two, or an entire mouth of missing teeth. The implant is a biocompatible, metal post that’s placed into your jawbone. The implant is then used to hold a crown, bridge, or dentures.

The crown or bridge anchored by your implant may be made from porcelain fused with metal or zirconia. Both match the appearance of your natural teeth, but zirconia is strong enough to create a metal-free prosthetic.

How do dental implants protect my dental health?

While your implant does an exceptional job of improving your appearance, it also contributes to healthy teeth and bones by:

  • Replacing the tooth root
  • Preserving tooth alignment
  • Maintaining jaw strength and shape

Your jawbone stays strong by eliminating old bone and replacing it with new bone. But here’s the catch: your jaw needs stimulation from your teeth and their roots to regenerate new bone. A dental implant replaces the root, so it keeps your jaw healthy by triggering ongoing bone growth

What should I expect during a dental implant procedure?

Before your implant procedure, the team at EZ Dental Clinic take a CT scan of your facial structure. This specialized scan produces a 3D image that’s used to precisely plan the placement of your implant.

To insert the implant, your dentist makes a small cut in the gum to expose the bone, drills a hole, then screws the metal post deep into the bone. Over the next few months, the bone regrows and securely bonds with the implant.

When your bone heals, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth and sends it to the lab producing your crown, bridge, or dentures. As soon as your new teeth are ready, they’re attached to the implant.

How does platelet-rich fibrin improve healing after a dental implant?

Platelets are packed with proteins called growth factors. When you’re injured, platelets release their growth factors to accelerate healing, regulate inflammation, and trigger the growth of new tissues to heal the wound.

Your dentist at EZ Dental Clinic creates platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) by drawing a sample of your blood, centrifuging it to separate the platelets, then placing the platelets on fibrin, a mesh-like protein.

Following implant surgery, your dentist places the PRF in the wound, where the platelets speed up healing and help preserve the bone.

If you have missing teeth, schedule a dental implant evaluation today by calling EZ Dental Clinic or using the online booking feature.