Issaquah’s Choice Dental Implant Clinic
A missing tooth is more than a cosmetic annoyance. The gaps created by missing teeth can compromise a patient’s ability to eat and speak correctly and can cause adjacent teeth to shift their positioning. If you’re missing teeth, it’s important to fill the gap to prevent further damage to your mouth. Whether you’re looking to replace a single tooth or to create a full mouth of permanent, new teeth, implants are a proven, long-lasting alternative to bridges and dentures. At Issaquah Dental Health, we specialize in creating durable, natural-looking dental implants that will fit in your mouth comfortably and allow you to chew and speak normally. Our dental experts can diagnose any oral issue and offer affordable solutions, from cavities and periodontal disease to effective dental implants that will allow you to go about your life unhampered. We accept most forms of insurance and we’re happy to answer your questions. Contact us today for a dental implant consultation.
Do you need a dental implant?
If you’ve lost or severely damaged a tooth or molar due to a sudden injury, illness, or loose-fitting dentures, then you may be an excellent candidate for a dental implant. The process is painless and will ensure you avoid the spread of bacteria and decay to your other teeth and jaw. Dental implants also maintain the natural shape of your mouth and ensure your teeth won’t shift or become misaligned over time. It’s important to note that an ideal candidate for an implant is a non-smoker who has good oral health, a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and whose gums are void of gum disease. Dental implants are a cost-effective alternative to dentures and we’re happy to give you a full dental exam to determine if they’re right for you. Find out more information by calling us today.
What is a dental implant? What’s the procedure like?
A dental implant is an oral device that functions and looks like a natural tooth while remaining completely impervious to cavities. Once the damaged tooth has been removed, the implant will be attached to your jaw and will bond with the bone over time to form a stable foundation for permanent tooth replacement. This foundation is called a post. After your mouth has healed and the post has successfully grafted to your jaw, a replacement tooth will be fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth. At Issaquah Dental Health, we’ll ensure you feel completely at ease during the procedure and feel no discomfort throughout the process. We strive to ensure that each patient we care for is given the finest dental care.
More frequently asked questions about dental implants
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
Typically, the whole process from initial consultation to final surgery can last between five to eight months. During the initial surgical appointment, a tooth root or post is gently implanted in the bone socket where the missing tooth once was. Afterward, the jawbone will heal and grow bone around the post, securing it naturally. Once this has occurred, in a second surgery your dental surgeon will attach an abutment that will anchor the artificial tooth. A restorative dentist will take a mold of your teeth to create an exact replica for the final finish work.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure can be done using either local or general anesthesia. Recovery is often associated with very little discomfort.
Do I need a bone graft for a dental implant?
This depends on how much bone loss occurs when a damaged tooth and root are removed. In most cases, dental implants need at least six millimeters (1/4 inch) of bone in your jaw to be considered stable. If necessary, a bone graft can be completed at the time of the initial tooth extraction. This can be done by using human bone bank or demineralized cow bone to increase your jawbone volume. Your dentist will diagnose if this is needed and be happy to answer your questions regarding the procedure.
How long will a dental implant last?
Studies show that 83% of dental implants last 16 years or more, as long as they’ve been properly placed and cared for via brushing, flossing, and regular exams.
Will my insurance cover a dental implant?
Your dental insurance may or may not cover implant surgery, depending on your plan. It’s important to check with your provider prior to scheduling this procedure. Our billing office can also give you some guidance upon request.
Contact us today to schedule your dental implant consultation.
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- In-Network with Most Major Dental Insurance
- Highly Educated Dental Team
- Payment Plans & Financing Available