Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants at Woodard Family Dentistry are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible materials, typically titanium, that provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. These implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and allowed to be fused with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once the implant has been integrated with the jawbone, a custom-made crown is attached to the implant, providing a durable and aesthetically pleasing replacement for missing teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Improved Appearance

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Because they are designed to be fused with the bone, they become permanent, providing a stable and realistic appearance.

Enhanced Comfort

Unlike removable dentures, dental implants become a part of you. This integration eliminates the discomfort often associated with dentures.

Better Oral Health

Dental implants do not require reducing other teeth as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your natural teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health.


Implants are very durable and can last many years, often a lifetime, with good care. This longevity makes them a cost-effective solution over time.

Improved Speech

With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without worrying that teeth might slip.

Easier Eating

Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, enabling you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.

Improved Self-Esteem

Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself. The confidence that comes with having a full set of teeth can significantly impact your quality of life. Call us to learn more.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Initial Consultation

The first step in the dental implant process is a comprehensive evaluation by Dr. Christopher S. Woodard. During this consultation, Dr. Woodard will assess your oral health, take detailed X-rays, and possibly use 3D imaging to determine the best placement for the implants. This initial consultation is crucial for developing a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Bone Grafting (If Needed)

If your jawbone is not thick enough or is too soft, you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. This procedure involves adding bone or a bone-like material to the jaw, creating a more solid base for the implant. Bone grafting can take several months to heal, but it is a necessary step for ensuring the long-term success of the implants.

Implant Placement

Once the jawbone is ready, the dental implant procedure can begin. During the surgery, Dr. Woodard will make an incision in the gum to expose the bone, drill a hole into the bone, and then place the titanium implant. This part of the procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, although sedation options are also available for patients with dental anxiety.


After the implant is placed, a process called osseointegration begins. This involves the implant fusing with the jawbone, creating a strong and stable foundation for the artificial tooth. Osseointegration can take several months, but it is a critical step in ensuring the durability and success of the implant.

Abutment Placement

Once osseointegration is complete, a small connector called an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment will hold the new tooth securely in place. This minor procedure is usually done under local anesthesia.

Placement of the Artificial Teeth

After the gums have healed, Dr. Woodard will make impressions of your teeth and create a custom-made crown, which will be attached to the abutment. The crown is designed to match the color and shape of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural appearance.

Aftercare for Dental Implants

Immediate Aftercare

Following the implant procedure, it is normal to experience some discomfort, including swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding. Dr. Woodard will provide you with specific aftercare instructions that covers the following:

  • Pain management: Over-the-counter pain medications can help manage discomfort.
  • Diet: Stick to soft foods and avoid chewing on the side where the implant is for a few days.
  • Oral hygiene: Maintain good oral hygiene by gently brushing and rinsing with a mild antibacterial mouthwash.

Long-term Care

Proper care and maintenance of your dental implants are crucial for their longevity. Here are some tips for ensuring your implants last a lifetime:

  • Attend regular dental checkups: Visit Woodard Family Dentistry regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
  • Practice good oral hygiene: Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Special tools like interdental brushes can help clean around implants.
  • Avoid hard foods: Avoid chewing on hard items such as ice and hard candies that can damage the implants.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking can weaken the bone structure and contribute to implant failure. Quitting smoking will enhance the success rate of your dental implants.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an excellent option for many patients, but they are not suitable for everyone. Ideal candidates for dental implants should have:

  • Healthy gums: Gums must be free of periodontal disease.
  • Sufficient bone density: Adequate bone structure is needed to support the implant.
  • Good overall health: Patients should be in good general health and not have conditions that impair healing, such as uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Commitment to oral hygiene: Maintaining excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits are crucial for the success of implants.


Dental implants are a permanent, natural-looking solution for missing teeth, providing numerous benefits for oral health and overall well-being. At Woodard Family Dentistry in Spokane Valley, WA, Dr. Christopher S. Woodard, DMD, and his team are dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile through personalized, expert care.

If you’re considering dental implants or want to learn more about this revolutionary dental treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Woodard today. Experience the difference that quality dental care can make in your life and take the first step towards a lifetime of healthy, confident smiles.

Are you ready to experience top-quality dental care for your entire family? Visit Dr. Christopher S. Woodard, DMD, at Woodard Family Dentistry, conveniently located at 1020 S Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. Don't wait any longer to take care of your oral health. Call us today at (509) 924-8585 to schedule your appointment or to learn more about our comprehensive dental services.

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