Dental Implants

Cascadia Dental Specialists

Endodontists & Dental Implant Specialists located in Bellevue, WA

Whether due to injury or disease, losing a tooth can be both uncomfortable and frustrating, making even the most confident person feel self-conscious about their appearance. Fortunately, dental implants have progressed to the point of being practically indistinguishable from your regular teeth. If you’re considering dental implants, contact the experts at Cascadia Dental Specialists in Bellevue, Washington. They specialize in dental implants that can give you a renewed sense of confidence.

Dental Implants

What are the consequences of tooth loss?

Teeth can be lost for numerous reasons, including cavities, gum disease, cracked roots, and injuries. When a tooth is lost, the bone that surrounds the tooth root deteriorates or melts away. That’s why missing teeth can compromise your eating habits, speech, and appearance.

Losing teeth in the front of your mouth can result in a hard-to-hide defect that negatively impacts your smile. Missing teeth in the back of your mouth can lead to the collapse of your bite. This affects the appearance of your face, your ability to eat, and the health of your remaining teeth. If you lose too many teeth, it can result in the collapse of the bone structure supporting the lower third of your face.

Why dental implants?

Today, dental implants are the preferred method of tooth replacement. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like your normal teeth. Because they replace the root, implants act as the anchor for the missing tooth, so neighboring teeth don’t need to be cut down or used to support the replacement teeth.

There are many different types of dental implants, each of which comes with its own set of benefits. They include:

  • Crowns, which help to preserve bone by replacing the tooth. They are strong; don’t damage adjacent teeth, and look, feel, and function like normal teeth.
  • Implant supported bridges, which preserve bone by replacing tooth roots and look, feel, and function like normal teeth.
  • Overdentures, which help maintain the shape of the face and eliminate the pain of ill-fitting dentures.

Consult with the dental professionals at Cascadia Dental Specialists to find out which dental implants are right for you.

How does a dental implant work?

Depending on your situation, a CT scan, SurgiGuideⓇ, dental X-ray, and mouth model may be used to give your dentist the information they need. They then place the implant in the jaw using a gentle surgical procedure. Many patients report that having a dental implant placed is less painful than having a natural tooth extracted.

The bone forms a strong bond to the implant in 3-6 months , providing a solid foundation for attaching a replacement tooth (called a crown).

After the bone has bonded with the implant, the next step is to create the crown. Cascadia Dental Specialists partners with various general dentists in the area whom  provide their patients with excellent crowns.

Who can get dental implants?

Thanks to recent advancements in implant techniques, many people with missing teeth qualify for implant treatment. However, before an implant is placed, your gums and existing teeth need to be healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular checkups are important for long-term success.

Even if you’ve lost a significant amount of bone in your jaws, you may still be a candidate for dental implants. Simple and predictable techniques are now available to help bone regrow in your jaws before implants are placed. For those who have many problem teeth, an innovation known as the All-on-Four method can replace almost an entire row of teeth in a single appointment!

If you’re considering dental implants, contact the professionals at Cascadia Dental Specialists to learn more.