Seattle Dental Implants
If you have lost one or more teeth, it is important to replace them to prevent problems with your other teeth such as drifting and hygiene problems. There are many tooth replacement options, but dental implants are the best. They are the most like your natural teeth. You can eat all your favorite foods, not worry about special maintenance requirements, and with proper care dental implants can last a lifetime.
To learn whether you are a candidate for dental implants, please call (206) 965-9871 or use our website to contact Dr. Lance Timmerman in Seattle today.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement teeth that are designed like your natural teeth. They have a metal artificial tooth root that is anchored in your jaw bone, and an attractive, highly durable ceramic crown that looks like your natural tooth crown.
The artificial tooth root is made of titanium, which can integrate well with human bone. The crown can be made any of a number of different materials and colors. During your consultation, we will talk to you about your options.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option because they offer many advantages over other options, including:
- Eat all your favorite foods
- No special maintenance: just brush, floss, and visit the dentist as usual
- Don’t require modification of neighboring teeth
- Provide even pressure across the jawbone to keep it healthy
- Won’t slip or make noise when talking, eating, or laughing
- May last a lifetime if properly cared for
Dental implants act most like the natural teeth because they are similar to your natural teeth. If you get a dental implant, no one needs to know, unless you tell them.
The Dental Implant Procedure
This is a brief summary. To see more detail about the dental implant procedure, please see the Dental Implant Procedure page. In short, the procedure works like this:
- Find an implant dentist you trust
- Your implant dentist decides whether you are a good candidate
- The dental implant is placed
- You wait for the dental implant to be integrated into the bone (not always necessary
- A dental crown is placed atop the dental implant
The entire procedure may take from a few weeks to six months if you are healthy. If you require additional procedures to prepare your mouth for a dental implant, it may take a year or more.
To learn whether dental implants are right for you, please contact Dr. Lance Timmerman in Seattle today.