Dr. Dennis Bradshaw graduated from Loma Linda University in 1986. He returned to Pasco that same year to join his father's dental practice.
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Dental Implants


A dental implant is considered the most natural functioning option to replace missing teeth. Titanium implants have been used in dentistry for over 40 years with excellent long-term success.

Dr. Bradshaw works with several different surgeons to place the implants below the gums into the jawbone. Through a process called osseointegration, the implants become fused to the bone and gives the feel of real teeth. Implants can also be used to help secure dentures and partials in addition to crowns and bridges.

Dental implant patients need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support implant placement.

Reasons for Dental Implants

•  Keep the look and feel of a real tooth where one is missing
•  Maintain healthy bone levels
•  Help support overdentures

What Does a Dental Implant Involve?

•  Implant Site Preparation: To prepare the site, the gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area. If there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be recommended. With healthy bone, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.

•  Placing the Implant: The implant is placed into the healthy bone and the tissue is sutured. The sutures are removed in seven to ten days. It is normal to expect three to six months to heal entirely. Osseointegration occurs over this time period allowing the implant to become part of the upper or lower jaw.

•  Attaching an Abutment: The abutment is attached to the implant once integration is confirmed. When the implant will support a crown or bridge, the abutment is the 'tooth form' that the crown is attached to. Abutments can also be used to support dentures, partials, or full mouth bridges.

•  Placing the Crown: The new crown is made from impressions taken and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is cemented over the post. The final prosthetic crown appears as your natural tooth.

Some research links smoking to an increased failure rate in implants. Dr. Bradshaw and your surgeon will discuss those risks and options with you to help determine what is best for you. Proper brushing and flossing will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.
Dr. Dennis Bradshaw
General Dentistry
4403 West Court Street, Suite A
Pasco, WA 99301


Phone: (509) 547-9549

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