Dental implants are designed to replicate the root of a natural tooth and serve as the foundation for a new tooth. An individual who has lost a tooth may now regain the look, feel and function of a natural tooth again. An Implant is a titanium screw which is placed into the jaw bone where a tooth has been lost. The bone is able to fuse with the titanium screw, and create a strong foundation for the artificial tooth to operate with. Additionally, our Sammamish dental implant services can help preserve facial structure by preventing natural bone deterioration which occurs when a tooth is lost.
Dental implants are becoming the new standard of care in replacing missing teeth. They may also be used to anchor dentures for patients who are missing all of their teeth. People are now able to regain the comfort and confidence to eat, and smile again with dental implants.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If you are interested in our Sammamish dental implant services, a thorough examination must be conducted first to determine if you are a good candidate. Several factors including bone density, width and height must be considered into the treatment planning. We ask that you undergo a thorough health and dental/radiographic examination (including a 3D image) so we can create the best possible plan. A consultation appointment with either Dr. Quickstad or Dr. Wang will be used to address your specific needs and considerations. It may be necessary to see an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice if your particular case is more complicated. Your dental health is our top priority and our team will work with you very closely to help make your Sammamish dental surgical procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are titanium screws, which replicates a tooth’s root. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone and fuses with the jaw as it heals. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts will then support the dental crowns or denture to recreate your tooth or smile.
Typically our Sammamish dental implant services involve two surgical procedures. The first surgery involves the dental implant being placed within your jaw bone and allowed to heal for three to six months. During this time the implant gradually fuses with the jaw bone beneath your gums. If a temporary replacement is needed during this healing process, a temporary tooth can be used to eat a soft diet.
Once the dental implant has properly fused to the jaw bone, the second phase may begin. Your implant will be uncovered from beneath your gums and an attachment (a healing abutment) will be connected to your implant to start forming the gums around it. After the tissue has properly formed around the healing abutment, Dr. Quickstad and Dr. Wang can begin making your new tooth. A mold must be taken to get the exact measurements of your future dental crown. A custom post or attachment will then be created to connect to the implant. A dental crown will then be made to connect to the post and recreate your tooth. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.