Dental Implants – Issaquah, WA
The Top Modern Choice for Replacing Teeth
Traditional tooth replacement solutions like dental bridges have their advantages, but they also come with drawbacks. The most notable one is that they can’t do anything about the missing tooth roots that used to stimulate your jawbone and keep it healthy. With dental implants, we can give you a new smile that looks and feels as much like your natural one as possible – complete with new artificial roots! Give us a call today to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Sherman.
Why Choose First Impressions Dental Care for Dental Implants?
- In-House Dental Implant Surgery
- Lifelike, Long-Lasting Restorations
- CT/Cone Beam Scanner for More Accurate Treatment Planning
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a screw-like post made to be inserted into your jawbone. Once there, it can fuse with the surrounding tissue through a process called osseointegration. Then, we can restore the implant post with a crown or another type of restoration. The implant performs the same function as your tooth root; that includes holding your new tooth in place, providing regular stimulation to the jawbone, and providing the support and strength needed to chew a wide variety of foods.
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process can be divided into four broad steps, as follows:
- Step 1: You can schedule an implant consultation at our office. Dr. Sherman will examine your mouth to determine whether you’re a viable candidate for implants and what sort of preliminary procedures might be needed before implant surgery.
- Step 2: The posts are placed in your jawbone. This surgical procedure can be performed right here without needing to refer you to an outside specialist.
- Step 3: After several months, the implants will have fully joined with the jawbone, and we can attach abutments to them.
- Step 4: The final step is to design and place a crown or another type of restoration to the implant post or posts. Each restoration is customized to look as much like your natural teeth as possible.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can completely transform your quality of life. No longer do you have to worry about dentures that slip at the wrong time; dental implants will hold your new teeth in place at all times, and they offer enhanced strength and stability that allow you to eat whatever you want. Also, dental implants can potentially last for decades or the rest of your life, yet they only require simple maintenance, such as brushing and flossing like you would with your natural teeth.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants can help virtually anyone who has lost at least one tooth. You do need to have an overall healthy mouth along with a strong jawbone to be a candidate for implant surgery. However, even people with gum disease or bone loss in the jaw may still be able to get implants after getting the right kind of treatment, such as bone grafting. Once we’ve confirmed that your mouth is ready to receive implant posts, we can start planning your procedure depending on how many teeth you’ve lost.
Missing One Tooth
A single tooth can be replaced with an implant and dental crown. The crown will be fabricated so that it matches the size, shape, and color of your other teeth. Once it has been attached to a fully integrated implant post, it will look so natural that most people won’t have any idea which tooth was the one that got replaced.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Two dental implants can support a dental bridge, allowing us to replace three or more consecutive teeth all at once. Unlike traditional dental bridges, implant bridges don’t require us to remove any enamel from the remaining natural teeth; by letting them rest on implant posts instead, we can preserve your dental structures.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Even people who have lost all of their teeth can still benefit from dental implants. Just 4 to 6 posts can be used to support a full denture. Unlike regular dentures that are always removable, implant dentures are typically made to stay anchored in the mouth at all times (although they can be removable if the situation calls for it).
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
How much will you end up paying for dental implants? We’re more than happy to answer that question for you, but to do so, we need to perform a one-on-one consultation to figure out how many posts are needed, whether preliminary treatments are required, and other factors. Then, once we have an idea of what the cost will be, we can give you our estimate and explain what options are available to help you pay for it. Note that dental insurance doesn’t always cover implant surgery, but it can still help pay for the restoration or related procedures.