We specialize in dental implants and implant restoration!
At Aesthetic Dental Associates, Dr. Robert Johnson and Dr. Jeff E.S. Shin specialize in helping Downtown Seattle patients restore their smile through the use of dental implants and implant restorations!
If you have missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. Implants are a great, long-lasting way of replacing missing teeth. It is much like having your own natural teeth back again. They look natural, feel natural, and are stronger than your original teeth.
An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It's composed of two main parts: One is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown (restoration) that is cemented on top of the implant. With implants, you can smile confidently knowing that no one will ever suspect you have a replacement tooth.
In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural looking smile.
Implants can also be used instead of a bridge. Unlike a bridge, implants don’t rely on the adjacent teeth for support and stability. They’re also easier to brush and floss, which is very important to keep your remaining natural teeth healthy.
Dental Implants at Aesthetic Dental Associates
If Drs. Johnson and Shin decide that a dental implant is the right course of treatment for your smile, you’ll need two visits to our office: one to place the implant and one to attach the restoration once the implant has healed. Unlike many general dental offices, we are able to surgically place the implant and restore the implant seamlessly all at our Downtown Seattle office.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, professional cleanings at our Downtown Seattle dental office will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined according to your individual needs.
Nothing is more important than the satisfaction of our patients; that is our number-one goal. Call our Downtown Seattle dental office today to learn more about the implant services provided at Aesthetic Dental Associates!
Our implant services in Seattle include:
- Sinus Lift Augmentation: Often, the sinuses will enlarge following loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
- Autogenous Bone Grafting: Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
- Implant Site Development: When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.