Dental Implants -- Federal Way, WA
A Comprehensive Replacement to Rebuild Your Smile
To enjoy the security and benefits of comprehensive tooth replacement, patients choose dental implants after tooth loss. Dental implants act as a prosthetic root for the replacement device (a crown, bridge, or denture) that is secured on top. Dr. Beaty provides dental implants for patients in Federal Way, WA, as well as Auburn, Seattle, Tacoma, Lakeland South, and all surrounding areas.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts made of titanium, a material that has a special quality: its ability to fuse with bone. Once a dental implant has been surgically placed into your jawbone, a recovery period of four to six months is necessary for this fusion (a process known as “osseointegration”) to take place. After osseointegration is complete, your dental implants are just another part of your body -- and they provide unsurpassed stability as a result.
Indications for Dental Implants
No matter how many teeth you are missing, dental implants can provide a wonderful solution. They can be used in the following situations:
Missing One Tooth
For a single missing tooth, an implant-supported crown fills the space and does not require the alteration of the teeth that surround the gap. A dental crown retained by a dental implant looks, feels, and functions just like your natural tooth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For multiple missing teeth, an implant-supported bridge or partial denture can fill in the gap. This restoration may be fixed or removable, depending on your needs and personal preference. Dental implants are especially beneficial in the case of multiple missing teeth, as they stabilize the jaw bone which would otherwise be at a high risk of rapid degeneration.
Missing All Teeth
For an entire arch of missing teeth, dental implants provide crucial stability for a complete denture. Sometimes, the dental implants can be restored with a full denture on the very same day as the placement. Whether fixed or removable, an implant-retained solution keeps the jaw bone healthier for longer and supports a well-balanced, nutritious diet.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most patients in good health who are on the brink of tooth removal or who have recently suffered the loss of one or more teeth are well suited for the procedure. The only way to know whether or not dental implants are the right choice for you is to consult your dentist. Contact our office to discuss your candidacy for implant dentistry.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants come at a higher price than other options, but it is certainly worth the investment for a stable, long-lasting, and health-promoting tooth replacement. To understand why they are more expensive, consider the fact that dental implants are placed surgically in two stages: the initial placement followed by the placement of the abutment and the final restoration. But, this is a one-time expense that will not require as many replacements as a traditional denture or bridge. No matter the cost of a dental implant procedure, you are setting yourself up for an investment that will last for decades!