Missing teeth leave gaping holes in the mouth, which makes it very difficult to smile. Dental implants complete the smile using replacement teeth made from titanium. Since dental implants are permanent, they function as functional tooth replacements in every way. Dr. Chang and Dr. Kalhan, the dental care providers at Sunrise Dental in Shoreline, Washington, help patients get the full smile they deserve.
A dental implant permanently replaces a missing tooth. Dental implants are usually made of a titanium root system and a replacement tooth, which is typically covered with a custom dental implant.
The dental implant procedure can take 6-12 months based on your specific needs and concerns.
To start the process, Dr. Sohn or Dr. Lee will surgically implant a small titanium shaft into the jaw bone. This implant base then settles into the bone gradually, with the bone eventually growing around it, tightly anchoring it in place.
Next, they will attach the prosthetic tooth to the dental implant base. The prosthetic tooth screws into place and sits directly against the gums, just like a natural tooth does. Dr. Sohn and Dr. Lee will typically add a crown to the replacement tooth as well, since the crown allows the tooth to appear completely natural.
The healing process after implantation takes 3-6 months for most patients.
Mini dental implants are around half the diameter of conventional dental implants. The primary use of mini dental implants is the stabilization of lower dentures.
They’re a lower-cost alternative to standard dental implants. They often cost 50-70% less than standard dental implants.
Dental implants have many advantages, but for most patients, the most attractive feature is their permanent nature. As long as you take care to exercise good oral hygiene and see our doctors for regular appointments, your dental implants can last for decades or even for your whole life.
You don't have to remove dental implants at night; there's no messy denture creams or adhesive. Because dental implants are firmly anchored, there's no discomfort when eating and no need to avoid certain foods for fear of teeth shifting.
Dental implants are also one of the most natural looking tooth replacements possible today. Many patients say they're far more convincing than dentures.
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