Kelly Miller Specialty Dentistry
Kelly Miller, DDS, MS
Prosthodontist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Kirkland, WA
Approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, few solutions beat the form and function of dental implants. At Kelly Miller Specialty Dentistry, Kelly Miller, DDS, MS, offers dental implants to her patients in Kirkland, Washington, and the greater Seattle area, allowing them to restore their teeth right down to the roots. To learn more about the many uses of dental implants, call the office today.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
If you’re missing a tooth, the problem goes far deeper than a gap in your smile. The loss of a tooth also means the loss of the roots, which anchor your teeth into your jawbone. When the roots are no longer there, your body ceases to regenerate the bone in the area, which can lead to bone deterioration that threatens your surrounding teeth.
A dental implant solves this problem by placing a new “root” into your jawbone — a titanium post — which your body accepts and fuses into place with new bone. With the post in place, Dr. Kelly covers the implant with a crown, giving you superior stability that you can count on.
What can dental implants be used for?
At Kelly Miller Specialty Dentistry, Dr. Kelly uses dental implants to:
- Replace a single tooth right down to the roots
- Support dentures
- Anchor a dental bridge
Traditionally, a dental implant took some time as you had to wait for the bone in your jaw to grow up around the post to fuse it into place. Today, however, Dr. Kelly is often able to offer you immediately loaded implants, which means she can install the implant and then place your replacement tooth in the same appointment.
What are the advantages of implant-supported dentures and bridges?
If you’re missing a row of teeth or several teeth in a row, dentures and bridges provide you with replacement teeth that allow you to continue to chew and speak. But these oral devices have their drawbacks — namely the fact that these removable devices rely on suction, adhesives, or existing teeth to keep them in place.
With implant-supported dentures and bridges, your prosthetic teeth are fixed in place by strategically placed implants that hold your devices securely.
How do I care for my dental implant?
Another advantage of dental implants and implant-supported bridges and dentures is that Dr. Kelly fixes them into place, which means you don’t have to remove them for daily cleaning. Instead, you brush, floss, and rinse as you would with your natural teeth.
If you’d like to learn more about the many uses of dental implants, call Kelly Miller Specialty Dentistry to set up an appointment.