Family Dental Care of Bellevue has over 25 years of experience in placing dental implants. We have completed single tooth implants, multiple tooth implants, cantilever implants, and denture retained implants. Dr. Austin and Dr. Galloway work with a team of oral surgeons to plan and design the placement of the titanium implant in the bone. Once the bone has integrated around the implant, our doctors will create a natural looking finished restoration.
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What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a wonderful way to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. The procedure begins by having a titanium implant placed into your mouth where your old tooth root once was. Over the next four to six month period, your jaw bone will integrate in and around your implant, attaching it firmly to the bone. Once this healing phase is complete, the implant is ready for Dr. Austin and Dr. Galloway to finish the restoration with a very natural looking tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Unlike traditional crowns and bridges, dental implants rely on strong titanium screws that fuse with the jaw bone. This provides a premium support structure for the restoration, adding strength and durability that are unmatched by traditional solutions.
- Strength and durability: Your dental implants actually become a part of you. Unlike dentures that are prone to slipping or bridges that can limit your ability to eat certain foods, dental implants function like normal, healthy teeth. With proper care, they can easily last a lifetime.
- Better oral health: Teeth must be prepared for regular crowns and bridges, which involves removing some of the tooth material from not only the tooth that will support the restoration, but also the surrounding teeth. Dental implants do not require this preparation, allowing you to retain the healthy natural structure of your remaining teeth. It is also easier to get around and between individual implants for improved oral hygiene.
- Natural appearance and speech: Dentures, crowns, and bridges sometimes look artificial. Dental implants are carefully designed to match the existing teeth and supported on titanium screws that fuse with the jawbone. This leads to a nearly unparalleled natural look. In addition, you will not need to learn to talk again, as often happens with traditional solutions. Your dental implant will function just like a natural tooth, allowing you to maintain your normal speech patterns and habits.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Like any other medical procedure, dental implants are not the right choice for everyone. Few medical conditions completely preclude dental implants, but their success can vary depending on your individual health picture. For example, uncontrolled diabetes and heavy smoking make it more difficult for your implants to fully fuse to your jawbone. To compensate for this, make sure your dentist has a complete health history.
Dental implants are highly customized for each patient. Our team will take a detailed assessment of your current oral condition and make the appropriate recommendations. Depending on the amount of bone loss you have already experienced, bone grafting may be necessary to ensure there is enough bone to support the dental implant. You might also need surgical techniques to help re-grow your own bone. Fortunately, once the implant is in place, it will stop further bone loss.
Dental implants are pricey, and any additional surgical procedures add to the cost. Not all dental plans cover implants, although they are becoming more and more recognized by insurers. Speak with your dentist about your financial concerns and options that might be available to you.
I Can’t Afford Implants for All of My Missing Teeth. What Are My Options?
Although individual dental implants are the closest match for natural teeth, they are not always necessary. If you have multiple missing teeth next to each other, you might consider an implant-supported bridge. In this case, implants are placed at both ends of the strip of missing teeth. After healing, a customized dental bridge is attached and anchored to the implants. There is no need to disturb your remaining healthy teeth and, like single-tooth implants, the implants supporting the bridge will help stop bone loss.
Even if all of your lower or upper teeth are missing, implants might still be an option. Implant-supported removable dentures can snap directly onto a series of implants strategically placed along your jaw. If you have extensive bone loss, you can even have a custom-made milled bar placed for additional strength and stability. These procedures minimize the slipping and poor fit associated with traditional denture options.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Most of our patients report that the placement of a dental implant was a very simple almost pain free experience. Local anesthesia is used during the placement procedure, and lingering soreness can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. Any discomfort typically lasts only a few days, so contact your dentist if you feel any residual pain following the procedure.
At Family Dental Care of Bellevue, we believe in providing all the latest options for excellent dental care. To schedule an appointment or to speak with our highly knowledgeable office staff, please give us a call today at 425-643-5778.