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Dental Implants in Spanaway, WA

If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants can complete your smile in a way that looks and feels natural. Dental implants are a preferred tooth replacement method among patients because they mimic the structure, function, and feel of a tooth. Their biocompatible titanium material allows the jawbone to fuse with the implant to create a stable, reliable foundation for a tooth restoration.

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About the Dental Implant Procedure

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Before we begin the implant process, we use 3D cone beam imaging to precisely plan your treatment and see if there is enough bone to support the implant. It’s not uncommon for patients with missing teeth to have bone loss around the area. If that is true for you, we can perform a bone grafting procedure to strengthen the jawbone for implant placement at a later date.

Once your jawbone has been determined as healthy and strong, we’ll surgically place the titanium implant(s) into position and give it time to heal. Once all of your dental implants have properly fused with your bone, we’ll top them with either a dental crown, implant-supported bridge, or denture depending on your specific dental needs.

Single Tooth Implant

A single implant is topped with a dental crown using an abutment (connector). Single tooth implants can replace a missing tooth or teeth without relying on the surrounding teeth for support.

Implant-Supported Bridge

An implant-supported bridge can replace three or more teeth in a row. The bridge connects to the implants and has custom-made false teeth attached to it that fit perfectly into the spaces left behind from your missing teeth.

Implant-Supported Dentures & Mini Implants

Implant-supported dentures are fixed to the gums with mini implants. The mini implants are placed into the jaw, similar to regular implants, and attach to the underside of the denture to hold it into place. Implant-supported dentures are a reliable alternative for patients suffering from ill-fitting traditional dentures.

All-On-4® Implants

The All-On-4® treatment concept has led the way in edentulous treatment ever since it was pioneered almost 20 years ago. This is a cost-efficient, graftless solution that provides you with a fixed full-arch prosthesis on the day of surgery.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many different reasons why patients choose dental implants for their tooth-replacement needs and why doctors often recommend them over other restorative options.

  • They’re a permanent solution for tooth replacement.
  • The implant and the tooth restoration look, feel, and function like a natural tooth.
  • Implants don’t need special care, so you can brush and floss them as you would your other teeth.
  • They help prevent bone loss in your jaw and preserve your facial shape.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do dental implants last? Are they really permanent?

Dental implants are considered a permanent solution for tooth loss. The lifespan of a dental implant is around 25 years, but if cared for properly, a well-maintained dental implant can last you for the rest of your life. The best way to ensure that your implant lasts for many years is to establish a thorough twice-daily oral care routine and visit the dentist for biannual checkups. There are no food limitations with dental implants; a good rule of thumb is to simply not eat anything with a dental implant that you wouldn’t eat with natural teeth.

How would a dental implant impact my gums?

Because dental implants are surgically placed into the gums, they will need at least one to two weeks to heal after the procedure. Sometimes a soft food diet is recommended for up to six weeks. For patients who have receding gums, that will need to be treated before the dental implant can be placed which is usually done through a tissue graft. Without a tissue graft, the implant would be partially exposed, leaving the patient susceptible to a variety of different dental issues.

Can dental implants be whitened?

Dental implants cannot be whitened once they are installed. This is because implants are made of stain-resistant materials, so they are unable to absorb whitening products. We will work with you to figure out how white you would like your implant to be and make sure that it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth so that it is virtually indistinguishable.

Have you been searching for a restorative dentist in Spanaway? Our knowledgeable team has many years of restorative dentistry experience, including placing dental implants. For more information about our affordable dental implants, give our Spanaway office a call or contact us through our online form and someone will get in touch with you shortly!

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