Dental Implants

Dr. Gourley at Longview Family Dental can permanently replace missing or seriously damaged teeth. After placing an implant post in your jaw bone to act as the tooth root, our dentist will create a durable, natural-looking crown, or ‘false tooth’ to top the post and blend in with your smile. Schedule a consultation at our office in Longview, Washington today to see if you can receive dental implants.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are permanent, stable tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or an entire set. The dental implant post, which is a screw made of titanium, is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. This replaces the missing tooth root and ensures that your dental restoration is stable. That means that unlike dentures without an implant, your jawbone is still involved in holding your teeth, leading to less jawbone degradation over the life of the teeth.

A period of healing is then often required to allow the bone to begin to bond with the biocompatible post. This is usually no longer than a week. Following this healing period, our dentist will place the dental implant restoration, or replacement tooth, which fits on top of the implant post. Depending on which teeth are missing and your personal dental needs, your implant restoration might be a dental crown, dental bridge, complete denture, or partial denture.The procedure typically requires only two visits to our office to complete the fitting and the final restoration. Dental bridges are designed to last for many years and will restore the function and appearance of your smile.

Types of Dental Implants

  • Single crown
  • Bridge
  • Partial Denture
  • Complete Denture

Each dental implant restoration is custom made to fit your smile comfortably and aesthetically. The color is matched to your existing teeth, and the tooth is perfectly shaped to match it’s twin on the other side of your mouth. The finished product will not be noticable, you’ll just have your beautiful smile back. Because the dental implant is made of titanium, it is meant to last a lifetime.

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