What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are small posts or screws made from biocompatible titanium. These screws are surgically placed in the jawbone and gums to replace missing teeth. Dental Implants act as artificial “tooth roots” and are used to anchor restorations such as a crown, a bridge, or implant-supported dentures that look, feel, and function exactly the same as natural teeth.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
- Durability – Dental implants are durable and long-lasting.
- Convenience – Traditional, partial, or full dentures can slip from time to time and cause discomfort. Implants are held in the jaw and do not slip. They also don’t require messy glues to stay in place.
- Enhanced Smile & Appearance: Implants feel and look like natural teeth. They also help to maintain your confidence.
- Improved speech: If dentures aren’t fitted correctly, they can slip inside the mouth and cause the wearer to struggle with lisps or inarticulacy. Dental implants are permanent and keep the replacement teeth in their place, allowing the wearer to speak normally without any slur.
- Easier eating and chewing. Dental implants allow you to eat many different foods, just like your natural teeth.
Types of Dental Implant Restorations
After your implants have integrated with the bone, we can restore them with a variety of tooth replacement options. Some of which include:
Implant Crowns — replacing an individual tooth
A single implant and crown is one of the very best choices for replacing an individual tooth. Instead of spreading out the biting forces of multiple teeth onto two teeth with a fixed bridge, we can recreate a brand-new tooth that is just as durable (if not stronger) than your natural tooth was.
Multi-tooth Bridges — replacing multiple teeth
Considered the strongest and most stable system, implant-supported bridges is a restorative dental treatment that can replace multiple missing teeth. For every tooth that is missing, one implant is placed surgically. These implants are then used to hold the bridge in place. Fixed implant-supported bridges are more cost-effective than replacing every missing tooth individually with a crown and implant.
Can I Get Dental Implants?
Patients who are interested in dental implants must have healthy gums and sufficient bone. Dr. Theron Manson can recommend a treatment plan to achieve this if necessary. Patients who are interested in dental implants must also practice good oral hygiene and regularly visit the dentist. Patients who smoke or have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and/or have had radiation treatment to the head/neck will need to be assessed at our dental office in Kirkland to determine if this restorative procedure is a safe option.
Is It Painful To Get Dental Implants?
Most of our patients who have had dental implant surgery report that the procedure is nearly painless. We offer sedation throughout the procedure which means you won’t feel a thing! Our Patients report that dental implants are in fact less painful than tooth extractions. You can also treat mild soreness post-surgery with over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Motrin.
How Long Do Implants Last?
Caring for your implants is just as easy as brushing and flossing your natural teeth. With good ongoing care, you can enjoy your implant for the rest of your life! There are, however, some factors that affect the longevity and performance of individual dental implants which you should keep in mind.
These factors include:
- Lifestyle: Certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking and diabetes, can adversely affect the longevity of a dental implant’s life.
- Gum Diseases: If a patient has advanced tooth decay or gum disease, a dental implant may fail sooner than anticipated. An inflammation known as Perioimplantitis is a condition that affects the gums and causes a loss of the supporting jawbone.
- Teeth Wear: Tooth grinding or clenching can cause an implant to break.
Dental Implants in Kirkland, WA
If you are missing one or all of your teeth, Manson Dentistry can help! Dr. Manson is highly skilled with dental implants, serving his patients with only the latest state-of-the-art technology. He completed his implant studies at Pacific Implant Academy, a premier implant educator.
Dr. Manson is one of the only dentists in the Kirkland area that surgically places dental implants in his own office, instead of referring you elsewhere for the surgical phase. Dental implants are sturdy, reliable restorations that are natural-looking and feeling, and help restore your quality of life.
Call our office to schedule your appointment at our Kirkland office right away!