Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants in Spokane Valley
I had a molar I knew needed extracted. I finally made an appointment with Dr. Shumway. The extraction went perfectly. I was made comfortable through the whole process. From the extraction to impression to the final implant. I had no pain, no complications and my implant feels like and looks like a real molar. I recommend Dr. Shumway for any of your dental work. Knowledgeable, efficient, and a kind team. Thank You! - Toni T.
Tooth loss can be a devastating event, damaging your oral health, your smile’s function, and your self-confidence all in one fell swoop. Here at Spokane Family Smiles, we’re not capable of turning the clock back on what happened, but we can provide the next best option – dental implants. Dental implants are so seamlessly lifelike that many patients forget they’re not natural after some time has passed, and their revitalizing effects on your well being and quality of life are exceptional as well. Are you ready to learn more? Contact our Spokane Valley, WA practice today to schedule an implant consultation! Unlike many other practices, Dr. Scott Shumway is actually capable of performing both your implant placement and restoration right here in-office for a more comfortable and convenient experience overall.
Why are dental implants the right choice?
Most people assume that their teeth are entirely made up of the white crowns that form a smile, but this isn’t actually true. There’s another important part under the surface of your gums – the root. Your teeth roots are a vital contribution to your jawbone, stimulating the tissue there and keeping the area full and healthy. Without them, patients experience deterioration, higher risks of additional tooth loss, and an eventual “hunched” facial appearance. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that actually replicates the entire structure of your natural tooth, allowing patients to avoid these problems and enjoy a healthy, natural-looking smile that will last for 30 years, 40 years, or even the rest of their life.
Once we’ve determined that you’re a good candidate for dental implants, the process itself has several important steps. These include:
- Your new implants are placed into the jawbone. Dentists often have to refer patients to an outside specialist for this portion of the procedure. Thankfully, Dr. Shumway can handle it right here in-office.
- In most cases, patients will undergo a months-long period of healing after their placement. This gives the implant(s) time to create a strong and lasting bond with your natural tissue.
- Once the healing is complete, your new implants will be restored with lifelike, painstakingly personalized restorations.
Dental crowns are the restoration of choice for individual implants, replicating the natural, strong shape of the tooth without forcing patients to sacrifice the heath of nearby teeth in the process. If your tooth loss is more extensive, Dr. Shumway may recommend a more budget-minded alternative – implant-retained prosthetics. These customized restorations are very similar in appearance to traditional bridges and dentures, but they’re actually designed to snap over your placed implants for a much more permanent and satisfying effect.