If you are looking for the most natural solution to replace a missing tooth or teeth, then dental implants in Bellingham are something you should consider. Just as every case and every patient are different, if you would like to know more about whether implants are right for you, please schedule an appointment to discuss your options with either Dr. Moreno or Dr. Young.
An implant can replace the root of a missing tooth. You may never have considered the root of your tooth before – likely because you have never seen it. Such is the case with a dental implant. You will never really see it, just the porcelain tooth we put on top of the implant after it has healed.
A dental implant is a threaded titanium fixture designed to be placed in the jawbone. The implant surface is designed to allow the bone to grow in and around it – a process we call integration. This occurs slowly over the course of 4 to 6 months.
Dental implant tooth replacement is completed in two phases. During the initial phase, one or more implant posts is surgically placed below the gum line. Depending on the number and placement of the implants, the procedure may vary in length. While many patients are concerned about this aspect of the treatment, the surgical implant placement is safe and has a 98% success rate.
We simply make a small incision in the gum tissue. Then, the implant post is positioned where it will create the maximum amount of stability for the necessary tooth replacement prosthetic. Finally, a protective cap is placed that allows the area around the implant to heal without the gum closing over the top of the post.
Depending on how many teeth are being replaced, your treatment process varies slightly.
A single tooth is replaced using one implant post. After your jawbone fuses to the post, an abutment is attached to it. This acts as a connector piece between the post and your restoration. Your new tooth is crafted to match the color, size, and shape of your natural ones to blend in seamlessly when you smile.
One to two implant posts are used to anchor your bridge in place. For three to six months following the placement of the implant, the post fuses with the gum and jawbone, mimicking the functions of tooth roots. Once this process, called osseointegration, is complete, patients return for the restoration phase of the treatment. Those who are only missing a few consecutive teeth will receive a bridge to replace their lost tooth structure. These restoration prosthetics are crafted to look and feel just like the lost teeth.
Those patients with more advanced tooth loss will likely want to consider an implant-retained partial or full denture. Like the traditional, removable counterparts, these prosthetics are crafted using a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. Rather than clasping to remaining dental structures of being held in place by natural suction, a series of strategically positioned dental implant posts anchor these restorations, offering superior comfort, stability, and longevity compared with traditional dental prosthetics.
The All-on-4 technique is a unique method of placing a dental implant-supported full denture. Rather than placing implant posts across the jaw line, the All-on-4 technique utilizes the naturally denser portions of the jawbone to provide support for the entire tooth replacement prosthetic. This innovative procedure has made it possible for more patients than ever before to safely and successfully receive a dental implant-retained denture without costly, invasive preparatory treatments like bone grafts.
There is no easy answer to how much you can pay for your new smile without first having a consultation with your dentist in Bellingham. The price is based on your individual treatment plan. There are various factors that influence the cost, such as how many teeth are being replaced, if any additional procedures are needed, and your dental coverage.
Often, your dental insurance will not cover the entire cost of the procedure. Depending on your specific policy, it may pay for certain aspects of it until you reach your annual limit. To cover any remaining balance, we accept a variety of payment options, including CareCredit.
If you are ready to enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth, it is time to see if dental implants are right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.