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.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Before your surgery, you will work hand in hand with your oral surgeon to select the anesthesia option most comfortable for you. You may undergo additional diagnostic imaging to assist your surgeon in formulating the best plan for placement. Our offices are not only equipped with 3D cone beam CT scanners, but also 3D intraoral scanners. This modern technology provides the most accurate and well-fitting restorations possible and reduces the total amount of appointments and time it takes to have your restoration placed.
If you are undergoing a tooth extraction, often the dental implant is placed at the same time as your tooth removal. Sometimes the abutment and crown can be attached immediately, but in most cases, patients undergo a short healing period before receiving their new restorative crown. Once the digital impression is completed, the information is sent electronically to your dentist’s preferred dental laboratory, the crown is made per your dentist’s specifications and then sent directly to their office, where you will have your restoration completed a few weeks later.
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