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Dental Implants
Vancouver, WA

At Alder Dental, we are able to replace missing teeth using a metal device called a dental implant. An implant is a strong, permanent substitute for a tooth root which we then place a dental crown on top of. There are many advantages to this replacement tooth structure that Dr. Alder would love to discuss with you.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a metal device made from titanium. We like titanium because it is a biocompatible metal, meaning it is safe to be used in surgical procedures. Our tissues are able to integrate with titanium making a strong bond and creating a strong base.

Dental Implants resemble what we think of as a screw. This surgical screw is placed directly into the jawbone by Dr. Alder. To do this, he first needs to locate strong bone. If it is unavailable, he is able to discuss a bone graft. With sufficient bone, Dr. Alder continues to prepare the site by opening the tissue and creating the space necessary to place the implant. The implant is placed and the area is sutured closed. After the area has had time to heal, a dental crown is placed and you are able to use it with full normal function.

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants

Dental implants are surgically drilled into the jawbone beneath the gum line to support a dental device such as a crown or bridge. The procedure has become increasingly popular over the years because it closely mimics natural teeth and restores a healthy smile. If you have missing teeth that you would like to replace, then dental implants can provide a good solution.

However, not everyone may be a candidate for dental implants. Let’s take a look at a few factors that our dentists Dr. Brian Alder and Dr. Alder evaluate to decide if their patients are candidates for a dental implant procedure.

Do dental implants replace just one tooth at a time?

You may be surprised what we can do with dental implants. You can have one or multiple teeth replaced. We can place one or two and then create a bridge of false teeth between them. We can even place an entire arch of false teeth with four dental implants. There are many ways dental implants can create a much healthier, and full set of teeth for you.

Typical reasons for dental implants:

•  To replace one of multiple missing teeth
•  To create a permanent, strong root base for a false tooth
•  To maintain a healthy bone density
•  To support a dental prosthesis

Dental Implants have improved significantly over the years. The success rate of implants today exceed 95% and are known for having a smaller failure rate than any other dental procedure. Dr. Alder will help you determine if dental implants are a good tooth replacement option for you. As always, caring for your mouth with proper brushing and flossing will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.

Contact Brian Alder, DDS, at our Vancouver, WA office for more information. (360) 831-0831

Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience, we have included some of the most often asked questions we hear from our patients when they are considering dental implants.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. Unlike traditional bridges or dentures, which may require replacement every five to 10 years, dental implants offer a permanent solution for tooth replacement. Regular oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and routine dental checkups, are essential to preserve the longevity of dental implants.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

The dental implant procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort during surgery. While mild soreness or swelling may occur in the days following the procedure, it can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Following post-operative instructions provided by our dentist is crucial for ensuring proper healing and osseointegration.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are considered safe for most people. However, like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks such as infection, nerve damage, and implant failure. Overall, dental implants have a high success rate and can greatly improve oral health and quality of life for individuals with missing teeth.

Who Does Dental Implants?

Dental implant surgery can be performed by a qualified dentist, like ours here at Alder Dental or an oral surgeon.

How Long Does the Dental Implant Procedure Take?

Once you understand the benefits of dental implants and undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our dentist, Brian Alder, DDS, you can proceed with the procedure. Dental implant placement involves several stages aimed at restoring missing teeth with durable and natural-looking alternatives. These stages include implant post placement, followed by several months of healing and integration of the dental implant with the jawbone. After this healing takes place, a connector will be placed, and lastly, a dental crown on top of the restoration. The entire dental implant process can take up to six to nine months.

Office Hours:

Monday: By appointment
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 7am - 2:30pm

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