Dental Implants Seattle WA
Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Lewis or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are titanium tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. A small post (abutment) is then firmly attached to the implant, which painlessly protrudes through the gums. This abutment provides a stable anchor for an artificial replacement tooth (crown).
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, the implant is painlessly placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implant heals beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone (oseointegration). You may or may not need a tooth replacement during this period. You will want to eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, Dr. Lewis designs the final bridgework or denture, or tooth which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. Dr. Lewis will uncover the implant and painlessly attach a small healing collar. Dr. Lewis can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. The abutment can be connected to the implant. The replacement tooth/teeth are then made over the abutments. The entire procedure usually takes four to nine months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.