Missing Teeth? Try Getting a Dental Implant in Gig Harbor

  • Dental Health   •   March 1, 2020

    –Thomas Duffy, DDS

A dental implant is a long-term solution that is put in place of missing teeth.Researching implants can be daunting–and billboards and on-line ads offering steep discounts and instant results can add confusion and doubt to the process.  

Let our team at Peninsula Family Dentistry help you step back and plan for solutions that offer long-lasting benefits. With regard to your care, Dr. Thomas Duffy will be your advocate and guide for determining the best solution for you. Each person offers a unique situation and at times, may require more than one specialist. Dr. Duffy keeps the communication lines open between all parties, coordinating efforts to ensure they have the information they need to help you accurately and efficiently.  

If it is determined that an implant is your best option, he will refer you to a specialist who will place the implant(s) directly into your jawbone, providing an artificial replacement for the root of your missing tooth or teeth. The implant supports crowns or dentures, in a similar way that roots support natural teeth.  Dr. Duffy will then plan, make, and place the crown or denture to restore your natural smile once again. 

Dental implants have fast become an option for many people when it comes to gaps in their jawline and for people wanting to work on and improve their appearance through their smile. This is when the treatment for dental implants at Gig Harbor could be an option for you to consider. Having missing teeth can really knock your confidence, and can also affect the way that you speak, eat, and protect your other teeth This is when dental implants can offer a long-lasting but also discrete choice of treatment when it comes to replacing teeth. 

What is a dental implant?

Not everyone is fully aware of what an actual dental implant is, so to give you an overview, it is a titanium or ceramic screw which is placed directly into your jawbone. The idea is that this screw replaces your missing tooth root. After it is fitted, the bone surrounding the implant will gradually fuse to it over several months, holding the implant firmly in place. This is when a false tooth, such as a crown or a denture can then be fitted to the top of the implant, enabling your dentist to give you a more natural look to your smile. When it comes to dental implants we can assist in planning a single implant, or you can have multiple ones if you need more than one tooth replaced. It is possible to have several implants placed in the same procedure. 

What are the benefits of having dental implants? 

Understandably, people can get extremely self-conscious when it comes to their mouths and teeth. Missing teeth or gaps can cause you to avoid smiling openly and more naturally on pictures, and it can also affect your confidence with meeting new people and in the workplace. With dental implants being placed in your mouth, it should hopefully enable you to restore your lost confidence and feel more at ease with smiling once more. 

Surprisingly, a gap in your teeth can affect the way you speak and eat, as well as place added stress on your remaining teeth Having implants put in and then either a crown or denture in place can restore the way your jaws operate together, which can, in turn, improve speech , the way you eat your food, and spread out strong chewing forces across a complete set of teeth the way they were designed 

Where we are based

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants and the procedure that is involved, then come and meet Dr. Duffy today, in Gig Harbor, Washington. Or call us at (253) 525-4050 to schedule a consultation.