Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is proud to offer dental implants to patients missing teeth in our Maple Valley, WA, office. They are the best option for restoring missing teeth because of their permanence and ability to restore oral health completely. While other tooth replacements focus on improving your smile and appearance, implants improve both your smile and your oral function. Also, they are the only tooth replacement option versatile enough to be used in various treatment methods, from replacing individual teeth to replacing several missing teeth or even a full arch of teeth.
Dental Implant Design
The unique design is what makes them so popular among patients with missing teeth. Dentures are designed to rest on the gums and consequently provide minimal function to patients, and tooth-supported bridges require grinding down adjacent teeth for support. Dental implants, however, are placed into the tooth socket and are entirely self-supporting. The three-part design and overall function is explained below:
- The implant screw acts as a tooth root, and once it is placed into the empty tooth socket, it fuses with the jaw bone to provide a solid foundation for the rest of the restoration.
- The abutment is the metal connector that attaches to the implant screw and holds the prosthetic crown (or implant-supported bridge or fixed denture) permanently in place.
- The prosthetic crown is the final piece, and it is designed to look, feel, and function exactly like a natural tooth. Once it is placed, you can resume regular oral function and regain confidence in your smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Other solutions do little to nothing to preserve oral health and, even with special care, they must be replaced after several years. Fortunately, along with the unique design of dental implants comes an array of advantages not present with more traditional tooth replacement solutions.
They are extremely easy to take care of. Not only do dental implants look and function exactly like natural teeth, but they can also be treated like natural teeth. Caring for them is as simple as flossing and brushing daily, just as you would with your regular teeth.
They maintain your overall oral health. One of the most common problems associated with missing teeth is bone deterioration, which is caused when the jaw loses stimulation from a tooth. Because the implant screw integrates with the jaw and acts as a tooth root, the bone remains stimulated, preventing bone loss. Replacing the tooth all the way down to the root also prevents adjacent teeth from shifting into the empty socket and causing facial sagging.
They are a permanent solution. Most tooth replacement solutions must be replaced after several years of wear and tear. In contrast, dental implants can be a lifelong solution when they are properly cared for—there is no need to remove them or replace them.
They appear natural and restore confidence. The unique design means most people won’t even be able to distinguish your new tooth from your natural teeth. You can feel confident in your new smile, and no one will be able to tell you had a procedure performed.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Are you missing teeth and wondering whether or not dental implants are the right solution for you? At Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Maple Valley, WA, we are glad to help patients determine whether or not dental implants are the right tooth replacement solution for them. Not everybody qualifies for dental implant placement, but typically, patients healthy enough to have a tooth extracted are healthy enough to receive a dental implant. The best way to know if you’re a candidate for dental implants is to visit our office for an examination. At your consultation, we can develop a treatment plan tailored to fit your needs.
What happens during the dental implant procedure process?
The treatment process for receiving dental implants will differ based on the patient. Each patient is unique; therefore, each treatment plan is unique. We will develop your personalized treatment plan when you visit our office for your consultation. At this consultation, we will perform an examination of your mouth, review your health history, and take any necessary X-rays or 3D scans. These accurate images help us develop the most detailed treatment plan and eliminate any surprises that could come up during surgery.
In most cases, the next appointment will be the placement of the implant screw. When you come to the office, we will administer your anesthesia, which you will have chosen at your consultation. In general, patients elect to receive IV anesthesia so they can sleep through the procedure and wake up once it’s finished. Once you are asleep, your oral surgeon will open up the gums and place the implant screw. He will then suture the gums over the implant and slowly wake you up.
When you return home, following the post-operative instructions that were given to you at your initial appointment will be vital to the healing process. Over the next few months, you will recover from surgery, and your implant will fuse with your jaw bone. During this time, your dentist will be constructing your custom-designed prosthetic tooth crown. Once healing is complete, you will return for the placement of the connecting abutment and the prosthetic piece.
Where can I get dental implants in Maple Valley, WA?
Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is proud to treat patients that are missing teeth and have years of experience placing dental implants in Maple Valley, WA. If you’re interested in receiving dental implants to replace your missing teeth, please contact our office to speak with our friendly staff and schedule a consultation. We are happy to discuss your options with you and look forward to treating you in our office.
Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
26808 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Phone: (425) 432-1511