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By Dr. Jill Markos
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Want a healthier and brighter smile? Dental implants could be the answer! If you're interested in the treatment, your Vancouver, WA, Dental Implantsdentist, Dr. Jill Markos, can help.

More about implants

Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws during an in-office procedure at an oral surgeon's office to replace your missing tooth root. It creates stability and strength while also preventing any weakening, or shrinkage, of your jawbone.

The specialist then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur, which is when the titanium post naturally fuses to the jaw.

Finally, you will return to our office at Vancouver, WA, so that we can re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment atop of it, and secure a crown on the surface that matches the rest of your teeth.

Dental Implant Advantages

Not having to worry about gaps in your teeth is definitely an advantage, but here are some more advantages that dental implants provide:

  • They can restore bite and chewing function
  • A dental implant restores one tooth, a few teeth, or a whole set of teeth
  • If taken care of properly, they last a lifetime

Caring For Implants

  • Brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once per day. When brushing your teeth, make sure to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush for a whole two minutes.
  • A change in diet may also be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables while minimizing the intake of sugary foods averts the accumulation of plaque and is a good preventative dentistry practice in general.
  • Use fluoride-containing products, like toothpaste and mouthwash, as this will help prevent dental decay.
  • Drinking water that contains fluoride will improve your dental health as well and wash away food debris.

If you have more questions about dental implants, call your dentist Dr. Jill Markos in Vancouver, WA, by calling (360) 693-2544.

By Dr. Jill Markos
January 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

The loss of just one tooth can have a dramatic impact on your smile. Fortunately, dental implants, an innovative tooth restoration option, dental implantsprovide an effective way to fill the gaps in your teeth. Our Vancouver, WA, dentist, Dr. Jill Markos, explains how implants can improve and restore your smile.

Tooth loss doesn't just affect your appearance

It's not unusual to feel a little self-conscious about the way you look after you lose a tooth. Although concerns about self-esteem are common, the consequences of tooth loss aren't limited to appearance only. If you don't replace your missing tooth, chewing can become more difficult, particularly if you've lost a molar or pre-molar. Eventually, your other teeth may try to fill the gap in your smile by drifting toward the opening. As they begin to overlap, you may notice changes in your appearance and in your bite. Cavities may also be more likely to occur if you can't completely remove plaque from the areas of the teeth that overlap.

Replacing the lost tooth with a bridge, dentures or a dental implant will prevent shifting from occurring and making chewing easier. Although all of these methods can restore missing teeth, dental implants are the only option that replaces the entire tooth.

The titanium implant serves as replacement root and anchors a dental crown that replaces the visible part of your missing tooth. Because implants bond to your jawbone, they're designed to become a permanent part of your smile. Implants are placed during a minor procedure in an oral surgeon's office. After bonding occurs in about three to six months, you'll visit our Vancouver office to be fitted for your new crown. Once the crown is attached to the implant, your tooth will be fully restored.

Implants keep your jaw strong

Jaw resorption is a common consequence of tooth loss. Resorption occurs when the jawbone shrinks due to lack of stimulation from tooth roots. Replacing missing roots with dental implants prevents this serious problem. The implants place continual pressure on the jawbone, just as the natural roots did. Without dental implants, you may eventually experience facial sagging and loose teeth as a result of the shrinking jawbone.

Dental implants offer an excellent solution no matter how many teeth you've lost. Call our Vancouver, WA, dentist, Dr. Jill Markos. at (360) 693-2544 to schedule an appointment to discuss this long-lasting restoration option.

By Dr. Jill Markos
February 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Caring for your smile often means more than just brushing and flossing every day. From seeing your dentist regularly to taking care of dental implantslasting issues like missing teeth, you may require some extra steps in your dental routine to gain a truly healthy smile. Luckily, dental implants can help you get back on the right track and replace your missing teeth permanently and effectively. Learn more about dental implants with Dr. Jill Markos at Jill Markos DDS in Vancouver, WA.

Why is replacing my missing teeth important? 
Missing teeth, whether due to injury, trauma or dental issues like tooth decay, come with their fair share of side effects. While tooth extraction may seem like the most simple and straightforward procedure for a damaged or broken tooth, it often causes more problems than simply repairing the tooth would. Missing teeth lack the tooth’s root as well, meaning that the bone in which the tooth lies becomes unstimulated and begins degrading over time, causing bone atrophy. This can eventually cause to other unfortunate occurrences like sagging facial skin which can cause premature aging. Additionally, missing teeth affect the mouth’s bite, making chewing or eating more difficult and causing conditions like TMJ disorder.

The Benefits of Dental Implants 
Dental implants replace both your missing tooth and its root. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants fight against bone atrophy and, since they lie directly in the jaw bone, are completely permanent and non-removable. While the process for dental implants does take longer than that of a dental bridge or dentures, your mouth will thank you years down the line when your dental implants still hold up strong against everyday use. These strong and effective tooth replacements are built to last and will remain in your mouth for a lifetime.

Dental Implants in Vancouver, WA
Dental implants require that patients be in good dental and general health and able to undergo general anesthesia during their surgical procedure. Patients should also have adequate bone remaining in their implant site to hold their implant securely in place. If there is significant bone atrophy, patients may require a bone graft to rebuild the missing bone. Your dentist can help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Markos at Jill Markos DDS in Vancouver, WA. Call (360) 693-2544 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Markos today!

By Jill Markos DDS
April 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants can enhance your smile

You’ve heard all about dental implants, and now you’re wondering if they can help you fix your smile. You have large spaces in your dental implantssmile and you’re wondering how dental implants help. The truth is dental implants are the modern, high-tech way to replace missing teeth. Before dental implants, you had a choice of either removable partials or dentures, neither of which gave you a natural, full smile. Dr. Jill Markos, your dentist in Vancouver, Washington wants you to know all about what dental implants can do for you.

Dental implants are the go-to treatment to give you a youthful, beautiful smile. They are much better than bridges, partials or dentures to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants are:

  • Highly successful, with a success rate of over 95 percent!
  • Stable, because they are surrounded by bone and don’t move around
  • Permanent, because they become part of your smile
  • Convenient, because you don’t ever have to take them out
  • Conservative, because Dr. Markos doesn’t have to restore the teeth around them

Dr. Markos wants to tell you about one of the biggest advantages of dental implants; they are beautiful and natural-looking, just like your original teeth. They blend seamlessly with your existing teeth, to create a full, dazzling smile.

Dental implants can also make you look younger, because the bone in your jaw actually fuses around the implant, giving you a firm, youthful jawline. In contrast, removable dentures and partials can actually make you lose bone, from the pressure of the appliance. Losing bone can cause your face to sag, and you lose the youthful contours of your face and jaws.

Dr. Markos uses state-of-the-art technology to develop a comprehensive dental implant treatment plan for you. So don’t you deserve a full, beautiful smile? Of course you do, so don’t delay. Call Dr. Jill Markos, your dentist in Vancouver, Washington and find out more about what dental implants can do for you and your smile. Call today!

By Jill Markos, DDS
September 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Dental implants can be a true smile saver for the right candidate. Not only do they serve their purpose to replace the missing tooth, but they stimulate bone growth in the jaw, leading to a healthier mouth, overall. But how do you know if they're right for you?

You’re young

And no, you don’t have to be a spring chicken. If you’re in need of a new tooth or teeth, but feel like you’re just too young for removable dentures, you may be the perfect candidate for dental implants from your Vancouver dentist, Dr. Jill Markos. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to get dentures when you’ve got years ahead of you. You want to be sure that your mouth remains healthy and your smile beautiful for the rest of your life, and when you’re young, it’s a wise investment.

You’re healthy

Dental implants can require multiple surgeries: one to extract the tooth if it is still in the mouth and one to install the implant, itself. Because the mouth is full of bacteria that can get into the open area, antibiotics may be required for the procedure. Antibiotics can sometimes strip the intestines of good flora, so it’s essential that the patient has a strong immune system that can both fight off infection and handle the medicine. It’s also essential that your mouth have good bone density so that the implant takes properly and is able to integrate into your jawbone.

Dental Implants

You take good care of your mouth

Just because you need a dental implant doesn’t mean you don’t take excellent care of your mouth; not all teeth need to be removed due to decay. But you absolutely must practice optimal oral hygiene both between and after the surgeries to install the implants. Just like any other cosmetic dentistry procedures, maintaining good oral health will help the implants last as long as possible, which for many, is a lifetime. Smokers and those with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, may not be the best candidate and just as any other patient, will need to speak with Dr. Markos before a decision can be made.

Call Jill Markos, DDS Today!

Dental implants involve a lot of commitment but are an excellent option for tooth replacement for those that meet the requirements. To see if implants are right for you, contact the Vancouver dental office of Dr. Jill Markos today. Have you recieved Dental Implants at Jill Markos, DDS? If so, we would love to hear about your experince below!