At Aesthetic Dental Associates, our goal is to provide our patients with the widest range of services available. Dental implants serve both as a cosmetic treatment for a broken or missing tooth, and to prevent the other teeth in your mouth from shifting out of place.
If you need to replace a missing tooth, dental implants are an excellent option. At Aesthetic Dental Associates, our expert dentists use single dental implants to replace gaps caused by missing teeth. Thanks to advanced dental technology, getting dental implants is a virtually pain-free procedure with minimal discomfort during the recovery period.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium fixtures that are inserted into your jawbone to create a stable solution to tooth loss. Unlike other restorations, dental implants actively stimulate your jaw to prevent bone loss and deterioration. Since these fixtures fuse with your jawbone, your implant restoration will never shift or come loose.
Topped with a dental crown, dental implants provide your smile with a durable restoration that blends seamlessly with your surrounding teeth, restoring its appearance and functionality.
Dental Implant Services
Sinus Lift Augmentation
The loss of your upper back teeth may cause your sinuses to enlarge in size. Before new implants replace the lost teeth, your dentist may conduct a sinus lift augmentation or graft to relocate the sinus cavity into its original position and replace the bone that has been lost as a result. 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
When certain parts of your jaw don’t have enough bone density to support dental implants, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth to graft 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.
During this procedure process, we will also discuss our sedation dentistry options with you to ensure that you won’t experience any discomfort during a bone graft.
Implant Site Development
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it’s common to have bone loss around the infected area. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to ease the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning
With special 3D software, we can evaluate your bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location for the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work with your restorative dentist to ensure you get the best results for your dental implants.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and free of infection. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have one tooth replaced by an implant or several, professional cleanings are necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our dentists are dedicated to the comfort of all their patients. Feel free to talk to us about any anxieties and take a look at our sedation options. You will also have the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have during your initial consultation with your dentist.
While dental implants can last a lifetime, the crowns on top may need replacing after 15 years. However, crowns can last up to 30 years with proper care and maintenance, which includes practicing good oral hygiene. We recommend brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with mouthwash between meals.
It’s also important to schedule biannual appointments at our Seattle, WA office for routine dental exams and cleanings. Regular dental visits can help support your oral health and restorations for years to come.
Getting dental implants generally takes five to eight months to complete, though this depends on factors such as the condition of your oral health. After receiving your implants, you’ll need to wait for your mouth to completely heal before receiving your restoration. Our dentists can provide you with a more precise treatment timeline at your consultation.
Achieve a Restored Smile With Our Seattle Dentist
Restoring your smile is a great way to protect your oral health while also boosting your confidence. Our implant dentists make that easy with a personalized dental implant that will blend flawlessly with your natural smile. Aesthetic Dental Associates is ready to guide you through the implant process. If you have any questions about your implant procedure, call our Seattle, WA office at (206) 682-3888.