Dental Implants in Lake Stevens
An Ideal Solution for Missing Teeth
When you have missing teeth due to decay or an accident, dental implants are an ideal way to replace them. This is a fixed solution that does not require dentures, which are typically only used for individuals who have lost all or most of their teeth. Implants are artificial teeth which are placed into the upper or lower jaw bone during a surgical procedure. At All Smiles Dentistry, we have a decade of experience and are highly skilled at the implant process.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Restore speech, chewing, and digestion
- Support dentures and bridges
- Restore confidence to your smile
- Replace one or more missing teeth
- Resolve bite problems or joint pain
To make your implantation process more comfortable, we use a computerized local anesthetic system that provides results specifically for you. Although the process of implants can be lengthy, we offer dental implants which are durable and will last for many years to come. Call us at (425) 335-1111 to make an appointment or request more information!
What Dental Issues Do Dental Implants Fix?
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
What Does Getting Dental Implants Involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two common types of dental implants: Subperiosteal and endosteal also called “one-stage” and “two-stage” implants.
Endosteal: Two-stage implants get their name from the number of surgeries it takes to complete the implant process. The post is drilled into the jawbone and the area is stitched up to allow for complete recovery. In a few months, a minor incision is made to uncover the top of the post, and the false tooth is installed on top.
Subperiosteal: One-stage implants don’t involve fewer visits, but do involve fewer surgeries. Your dentist will secure the post on top of the jawbone and then allow the skin to heal without covering the post completely. After the skin is healed, you’ll make another visit to have the false tooth mounted on top of the post.
Do Dental Implants Hurt? What About Recovery?
The actual procedure of implanting false teeth to replace missing ones is no more painful than having a tooth removed, which is mildly uncomfortable at the very worst. The bone where the drilling for the implant takes place doesn’t contain many pain-sensing nerves, so a local anesthetic will eliminate most of the pain from the surgery, especially in patients with healthy gum tissue.
Since dental implants involve invasive surgery, there may be discomfort in the jaw, gums, face, and under the eyes during recovery. These symptoms can be managed using ibuprofen or acetaminophen for as long as your doctor recommends.
With endosteal implants, the second visit will involve some residual pain due to the additional surgery, while subperiosteal implants aren’t associated with pain during or after installation.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are widely regarded to be the longest lasting form of tooth replacement over bridges, dentures, and other methods. In most cases, a high-quality dental implant will last an average of 50 years after installation. For most patients, implants last a lifetime.
Are Dental Implants Expensive? Are They Covered by Insurance?
Having a dental implant put in is one of the more expensive procedures your dentist offers, as it is very labor-intensive and relatively invasive. Industry estimates put the cost at replacing one tooth using a dental implant at between $3,000 and $4,500.
While most dental insurers exclude coverage of dental implants because they are often deemed to be cosmetic, some parts of the process, such as tooth extraction and parts of the surgery may be covered by dental insurance.
Can Others Tell If I Have a Dental Implant?
Something that our patients like about dental implants is how much implants look and function like natural teeth. Matching the color of your natural teeth is a major part of the process of preparing the implants, so you can be assured that your false teeth will be a perfect match for the teeth you still have. Implants are also used to chew food the same as regular teeth, and because you don’t have to remove them at night like dentures, patients with dental implants enjoy the feeling of normalcy that implants afford them.
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