Dental Implants

Charles Croasdill, DMD

Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Tacoma, WA

Dental implants can be used to replace missing or severely damaged teeth, so you can look and feel your best again. Implants can also be used to support bridges and partial or complete dentures. Located in Tacoma, Washington, Charles Croasdill, DMDs’ knowledgeable team can help you understand your situation and how implants may help you. To learn more, call for a consultation.

Dental Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

For many adults, having dental implants is the next best thing to having natural teeth. When you lose your teeth as a result of a traumatic injury, decay, or an illness, it can hurt your self-esteem. This is where dental implants can help. Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth. They're durable and stable, and function almost the same as natural teeth.

A dental implant is a titanium post that's surgically placed in your jawbone, beneath the gum line. This screw-like post is like the root of your new tooth. Once the post is in place and your mouth fully heals,  Dr. Croasdill mounts the new replacement tooth (crown) on the post permanently. The implant surface integrates with your jawbone, which makes them incredibly steady and secure.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

There are many benefits to dental implants. In addition to looking, feeling, and functioning like your natural teeth, dental implants offer the following advantages:

  • Help maintain your natural smile and face shape
  • Improve speech by allowing you to talk without worry
  • Don't fall out or move around in your mouth
  • Are durable and strong for eating your favorite foods
  • Deliver reliable, state-of-the-art results for tooth replacement

Dental implants are the only type of tooth restoration that replaces both the tooth and the root. This prevents serious oral health issues, such as jawbone deterioration.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

If you're missing teeth, you could be a great dental implant candidate. Your jaw needs to be finished growing, and your gums must be healthy. Dental implants are an excellent solution for adults.

You may also be a prime candidate for implants if you're frustrated with uncomfortable dentures and want a more permanent solution. Dr. Croasdill offers implant-supported dentures, which use dental implants to stabilize either side of a full or partial denture. This enhances comfort by preventing your dentures from slipping or moving.

Dr. Croasdill may also recommend implants to secure a dental bridge if you don’t have healthy teeth for the bridge to anchor to.

Call Charles Croasdill, DMD to take the first step toward a more confident smile with dental implants.