Permanent Replacement Teeth
Dental Implants in Queen Anne
At Seattle Dental Co., we understand that tooth loss can be overwhelming. If you have one or more missing teeth, we will work with you and a specialist to seamlessly restore the function and beauty of your smile. With our compassionate, communicative approach to dental implants, you’ll feel comfortable and confident every step of the way, and the end result will be a strong, healthy smile you can be proud of. If you’re suffering from tooth loss in Seattle, we would feel honored to be part of your journey to a complete smile.
Missing One or a few Teeth?
Single Tooth Dental Implants
If you’re missing just one tooth, we offer single-tooth dental implants, which consist of a small, titanium post and a dental crown. For patients who have lost multiple or most of their teeth, we also offer full arch dental implants. Full arch replacements consist of 4-6 implants that are used to hold a set of implant-supported dentures. We offer a wide range of implant treatments to meet the needs of every patient, no matter how many teeth you are missing.
Full Mouth Restoration
Full Arch Implant Solutions
If you would like to restore your entire upper, lower, or both arches of teeth, dental implants offer us a variety of solutions. We can use two implants to give a removable denture more retention, but there are also full-arch implant solutions that never have to be removed and look and feel much more natural. All-On-4 Hybrids are permanent, implant-supported long-span bridge treatments. Unlike implant-supported dentures, implant-supported bridges are made of porcelain and they are permanently attached to your dental implants.
Completing Implant Treatment
The Restoration Process
Here at Seattle Dental Co., our dentists are well versed in all that goes into planning a well-designed implant restoration. We work closely with top Seattle specialists as a team in the pre-surgical planning phase, to ensure that the placement of your implants is ideal. The details of the restoration process can vary depending on the treatment you’ve chosen but you can rest assured that we will be by your side every step of the way.
Completing Implant Treatment
Caring For Your Implants
Typically, very little additional maintenance is required for dental implants. Implants are cared for like natural teeth and require that you brush and floss as you normally would (twice a day for two minutes at a time), and come to Seattle Dental Co. for a cleaning and oral exam on your regular schedule. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about caring for your implants!
Expected Lifespan For Implants
How Long Do Implants Last?
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants will last at least 30 years. In most cases, your implant will last you for the rest of your life, because it will permanently bond with your jaw and gum tissue, becoming a natural part of your body. As long as you care for them properly, it is very unlikely for your dental implants to fail or fail or wear out.
However, this is not necessarily true of implant-supported restorations. Restorations like crowns, fixed bridges, and implant-supported dentures will be exposed to a lot of wear & tear over the years as you eat and chew. Your implant-supported restorations may need to be replaced a few times throughout the life of your dental implants.
This is why it’s important to see the team at Seattle Dental Co. every six months for preventive care, such as an oral exam and teeth cleaning. We can ensure that your implants and your implant-supported restorations are healthy, and will continue to serve you well throughout the coming years and decades.
Good Candidates for Implant Dentistry
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Dental implants are recommended for patients who have a strong and healthy jaw that can support the placement of an implant. If your jaw has become weak due to bone resorption after tooth loss, it may be possible to strengthen it with a bone graft or a sinus lift. While bone grafting will allow you to have an implant, it will require additional surgical treatment, and prolong the dental implant treatment process.
Your mouth must also be free of any major oral health issues such as periodontal disease or tooth decay. These issues must be resolved before you can have an implant placed at Seattle Dental Co.
Non-smokers are also preferred for dental implants. Smoking and using any kind of oral tobacco can seriously impair the healing and recovery process, and lead to higher risks of complications during your treatment. You should quit smoking or using tobacco before getting dental implants.
What Can I expect
From The Dental Implant Process?
Your treatment will usually take between 6-12 months, but this can vary depending on the patient. To begin, you’ll see Dr. Song or Dr. Guerrero to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
If you’re approved, our team will begin creating your dental implant placement plan. You’ll come back in a few weeks, and Dr. Song or Dr. Guerreo will place your implant into your gum and jaw tissue. You’ll get a set of recovery instructions, and be sent home to heal.
Over the next few months, you’ll come into our office for a few follow-up appointments. We’ll check your healing progress, and Dr. Song or Dr. Guerrero will take impressions of your implant and gums, which will be used by our dental lab to create your permanent implant-supported restoration.
About 2 weeks before your final appointment, you’ll come into our office to have an “abutment” placed on your implant. This is what connects your implant to your implant-supported restoration, such as a dental crown. Once your mouth heals, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Dr. Guerrero or Dr. Song will check the fit of your implant-supported restoration, and then bond it into place permanently, completing the procedure.