Dental Implants – Tukwila, WA
Truly Comprehensive Tooth Replacement
Dental implants for Tukwila, WA dentistry patients are replacement teeth mounted on artificial dental roots. Each root is comprised of titanium, which encourages new bone formation within the jaw and added stability. Titanium is used in surgical procedures like joint replacement because of its extreme biocompatibility with the human body. Dr. Timmerman always places implant roots into the area of the highest bone quality, which produces extremely predictable results for his patients.
The design of implants allows Dr. Timmerman to replace an entire tooth, or even all of the teeth, with something that is the next best thing to a natural tooth. In fact, implant roots are even stronger than real ones!
Why Choose Lance Timmerman, DMD for Dental Implants?
- Implant Placement Performed In-House
- Highly Trained Dentist with 20 Years of Experience
- Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
Benefits of Dental Implants
By design, dental implants are able to:
- Preserve bone integrity
- Promote a fuller facial profile
- Offer permanent replacement of missing teeth
- Prevent the movement of adjacent healthy teeth
Indications for Dental Implants
Implants can be used to replace one or all of a patient’s teeth. From single dental crowns to dental bridges, or even a full mouth denture, implants provide the security of brand new teeth. They’re the most natural treatment option you’ll ever find! Single implants can support crowns, or 2 implants can support either end of a permanent fixed bridge. If implant retained dentures are your goal, just 2-4 implant roots can provide the stability that you’d expect from a mouthful of real teeth – implants are that strong!
Missing Single Tooth
To replace one tooth, we’ll put one titanium post into the empty socket and jawbone. Over the course of several months, the bone will grow and attach to the post, and the gum tissues with heal around it. When this process is complete, an abutment is positioned, and then finally, we attach a dental crown.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Depending on the number and location of your missing teeth, we can use an implant-retained bridge or an implant-retained partial denture. In both cases, the restorations rely on just a few implants for stability instead of your remaining teeth, helping to keep them healthier for longer.
Missing All Teeth
Even if you have no teeth left at all, dental implants can help! Full dentures can be affixed to dental implants, providing significantly more security than traditional dentures. In fact, you won’t ever have to worry about your replacement slipping whenever you bite, chew, speak, laugh, or smile.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are placed in our Seattle dental office, and we provide start to finish treatment in one convenient location. Dr. Timmerman has extensive training and experience with dental implant therapy, allowing him to provide comprehensive service for his patients. Unlike most dentists who send their patients away for the implant placement process, Dr. Timmerman performs the entire treatment right here in our dental office. His advanced training and our state-of-the-art equipment allow him to both place the implants as well as restore them.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implant costs can vary. Probably the biggest concern our patients have about dental implants is the cost. Investing in a permanent tooth replacement option can be more expensive than other types of restorative treatment upfront, but in many cases, implants actually help patients save money in the long run. For instance, dental implants typically do not have to be changed out every 10-15 years as a bridge might. By the time a patient has their bridge replaced once or twice, they could have paid for a dental implant.
Dental Implant Aftercare
One of the most popular benefits dental implants has to offer is their incredible lifespan. While other tooth replacement options like dentures and dental bridges wear down and need to be replaced after a few years, dental implants have the potential to last for decades! In fact, they can easily become a permanent addition to your pearly whites. That is, of course, as long as you take care of them properly. Read on to learn the best healthy habits you can practice to help keep your dental implants comfortable, beautiful, and firmly in place for a lifetime!
Dental Implant FAQs
Now that you’re armed with a basic knowledge of dental implants, you’re very likely curious about some of the finer details of the process. Not to worry; we’ve gathered some of the dental implant questions that we get asked the most often and answered them here for your convenience. If, however, you have a query about implants that you don’t see answered on this page, just contact our practice and we’ll be more than happy to provide you with an answer.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
You would think that getting a titanium post inserted directly into your jawbone would cause extreme pain, but most patients actually report very little discomfort during the procedure, thanks to local anesthetic and sedation if necessary. In fact, most patients prefer getting an implant placed to having a tooth extracted. However, as with any oral surgery, you can expect some swelling and soreness following your procedure. This can be managed by applying a cold compress or taking over-the-counter pain medication as needed.
After Implant Surgery, Can I Return to Work?
The answer to this question depends on how complex the surgery ends up being. Many patients feel well enough to resume their days after the surgery provided their case was relatively simple, like when placing a single implant. However, for more complicated cases, it’s recommended that you take a couple days after your surgery to rest.
What Can Cause Implant Failure?
If the site isn’t able to heal properly, your body could reject the implant, resulting in implant failure. Infections in the jawbone or soft tissue in the mouth could compromise the integrity of the implant. This is why it’s imperative that you have adequate oral health and your mouth is free from infections like gum disease before we place a dental implant.
How Long Will It Take for My Dental Implants to Heal?
The healing process is affected by a few factors, such as the type of implant procedure you’re undergoing and how dense your jawbone is. While implant-retained dentures can usually be placed on the same day as your implant procedure, others require several months of healing before you can receive your restoration. Additional treatments like a bone graft or gum disease therapy can also lengthen the process. No matter how long you have to wait, just remember that it will be worth it to have a full, stable smile!
Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?
The success of your dental implants depends in part on the amount of jawbone mass you have. When you’ve been suffering through tooth loss for some time, your jawbone naturally begins to atrophy due to no longer being stimulated by your tooth roots. If your jawbone doesn’t have enough mass to accommodate an implant, it could lead to implant failure. That’s why we can graft some artificial bone tissue onto your jawbone to strengthen it so that it can support your implant for decades to come.
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