If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants can provide a long-lasting and natural-looking solution. At Accent Dental Center, our Bothell, WA team of dental professionals is trained and experienced in implant dentistry, offering high-quality and personalized care to restore your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to support replacement teeth. They are typically made of biocompatible materials, such as titanium, and are surgically placed into the jawbone.
While the core component of an implant is the piece that is embedded in the jawbone, there are two other components that are necessary to complete the restoration; this includes the abutment (a connecting piece that attaches the implant to the restoration) and the restoration (this is the visible portion of the implant and could take the form of a crown or bridge).
Single Dental ImplantsSingle dental implants are a popular option for replacing a single missing tooth. The implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into your jawbone, serving as an anchor for a replacement tooth. Over time, the bone in your jaw fuses with the implant, securing it firmly in place. Our dental team will then place a custom-made crown on top of the implant, restoring the appearance and function of your missing tooth. With a dental implant, you can enjoy a healthy, functional, and attractive smile.
Implant Supported BridgesIf you’re missing several teeth, implant supported bridges provide a permanent and stable solution. This type of implant solution uses two or more implants to anchor a bridge that replaces multiple missing teeth. Unlike traditional bridges, which rely on neighboring healthy teeth for support, implant supported bridges preserve your jawbone and prevent further tooth loss. With an implant supported bridge, you can enjoy a restored smile and improved chewing function.
CostThe cost of dental implants varies depending on the number of implants needed and the complexity of your individual case. Our team will provide a detailed estimate of the cost after a thorough consultation and evaluation of your needs. We understand that dental implants can be a significant investment, which is why we offer flexible financing options to help you achieve your dental goals.
ProcessThe dental implant process typically takes several months and involves the following steps:
- Consultation: Our team will evaluate your oral health and discuss your options for dental implants during your initial consultation. We will provide a clear and detailed explanation of the process, and answer any questions you may have.
- Preparation: If you’re a candidate for dental implants, our team will prepare your jawbone for the placement of the implant. This may involve a bone graft procedure, if necessary.
- Implant placement: The implant is surgically placed into your jawbone. This is typically performed under local anesthesia and dental sedation in order to keep the patient comfortable throughout the procedure.
- Healing: The bone in your jaw will fuse to the implant, which takes several months. During this time, it’s important to follow our team’s postoperative instructions to ensure the best outcome.
- Restoration: Once the implant has integrated with your jawbone, our team will place a custom-made crown on top of the implant, restoring the appearance and function of your missing tooth.