Dental Implants Improving Kent Smiles
For most patients missing one or more teeth, dental implants are considered the ideal solution due to their numerous, revitalizing benefits, including stability, high cosmetic quality, and valuable oral health benefits. No additional teeth need to be altered to make room for the new restorations (like with bridges), and the nature of the implant is so seamless and lifelike that many patients forget after a while that they ever lost their natural tooth to begin.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Improved appearance
- Increased confidence
- Greater stability and durability
- Longer-lasting restoration (decades or a lifetime)
- Little to no food restrictions
- Easy to maintain
- No chance of developing tooth decay
- Improved functionality
Indications for Dental Implants
Our dental implant options at Kent Dental Clinic include:
A single implant designed to replace one missing tooth can complete your smile once more in a way that’s both conservative and completely satisfying in regard to look and feel. First, the patient will undergo a surgical process in which the implant itself is placed precisely within the jawbone. Then, after an appropriate amount of time has passed for the area to heal, an abutment (the base for your new tooth) is placed, followed by the restoration itself sometime later. Dental implants are an exceptional replacement option in that they help to rejuvenate the health of your jawbone, which can deteriorate over time from tooth loss.
An implant bridge makes it possible to replace more than one consecutive missing tooth in a row. Using two dental implants, which will be surgically placed into the jawbone, the restoration will be comprised of three or more dental crowns fused together. After the average healing time of 3-6 months, you will return to our office to have your abutments and custom restoration put into place.
If you are missing all your teeth, there’s no need to worry that traditional dentures will be your only solution to a restored smile. Now, with implant-retained dentures, you can enjoy the stability, functionality, and longevity offered with dental implants. We will place between 4 and 6 implants along your arch before securing your customized denture in place. There will be no need for messy denture adhesives with this new and improved restoration.
Of course, sometimes our team discovers that a specific patient may not be a viable candidate for traditional implants, or that the spaces in their mouth are too narrow to adequately support them. When faced with these cases, we instead turn to mini implants. As the name implies, mini implants are about half the size of a regular implant, but they still provide the same valuable health and cosmetic benefits that patients can enjoy. In addition, they’re more versatile, less expensive, and they often eliminate the need for a recovery period, making them a faster tooth replacement overall.
Severe tooth loss can be a struggle, especially if you wear a denture and are generally unsatisfied with the fit and feel of it. Thankfully, we can now combine the structure of a denture with the sturdiness and durability of implants through the All-On-4 system. By utilizing four implants that are strategically placed at an angle along the arch of your gums, we can create a foundation for a full, personalized restoration that is fixed, resulting in a new feel for your smile that is much more comfortable and natural than ever before.
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Upgrade Your Traditional Denture to an Implant Denture
Do you have a denture that just won’t stay in place? Does it shift every time you speak or take a bite of food? If so, our team can give you the stability you need by converting your traditional denture into an implant overdenture. This type of prosthetic is fitted over dental implant roots positioned within the jawbone. This gives the denture a much stronger foundation versus just sitting on the gums, plus it causes chewing forces to be redirected within the mouth so the prosthetic isn’t constantly being pushed around. In addition to feeling more natural and comfortable, implant overdentures can help preserve a patient’s jawbone density, which in turn will enable the denture to keep its snug fit much longer than your regular removable one.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Compared to other forms of tooth replacement, dental implants are quite costly; however, their endless benefits and ability to offer what no other restorative solution can are what makes them one of the most popular solutions available today! When preparing to start your journey with dental implant placement, we will take the time to discuss what factors are considered when estimating the cost of your treatment.
- Initial consultation
- Any pre-dental implant work you might need (i.e. periodontal therapy, bone graft)
- The number of dental implants you will need
- The location of the implants
- Materials used
- The type of restoration you will need (i.e. dental crown, implant bridge, implant-retained denture)
How are dental implants different from dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of teeth (either a full row or a partial set) that stay in place within the mouth with the help of natural suction or clips. Many patients find that they feel bulky or too loose; it can be difficult to get used to them. On the other hand, dental implants offer a permanent replacement, and they can be cared for in the same way you would natural teeth.
How much do implants cost?
This will depend on a number of factors, including how implants you need, what your insurance plan is willing to cover, and more. Please contact Kent Dental Clinic today to schedule a consultation with our team; we’ll be happy to determine a concrete price in our office and help develop a financing plan for your situation, if necessary.
What are the benefits of implants?
Dental implants offer several exceptional benefits to patients, including a lifelike look and feel, a permanent fit, no changes to your diet or oral health routine required, and a fairly straightforward and fairly inexpensive treatment procedure.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. A local anesthetic is used, and if you suffer from dental-related fear or anxiety, we can determine if a sedation option would help you relax even further.
How long do implants last?
As long as you care for them properly, dental implants should last a lifetime!
Contact our Kent, WA office today to learn more about your implant options, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.