Dental Implants – Tukwila, WA
Truly Comprehensive Tooth Replacement
Dental implants 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 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 up front, 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.
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