Dental Implants and Bridges
Serving the Woodinville, WA community
Dental Implants – A Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth
Do you have missing teeth? It’s always best for your oral health to replace a lost tooth as soon as possible.
If you’ve experienced tooth loss due to dental decay or trauma, you know that it can be upsetting and negatively affect your confidence. The dentists at Woodin Creek Dental recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth in Woodinville, WA to replace your missing tooth and restore your comfort and confidence in your appearance.
Dr. Yogesh Goel and Dr. Evan Chiang are sensitive to the problems experienced by patients with missing teeth. Their goal is to improve your oral health, restore your beautiful smile, and enhance your self-confidence. If you would like to learn more about your options for replacing missing teeth, please call our dental office to arrange an appointment.
- What is a dental implant?
- Why should I replace teeth with dental implants?
- Why is permanent tooth replacement important?
- When do you recommend using dental implants?
- What’s involved with getting a dental implant?
Fixed Dental Bridges
- Is a fixed dental bridge a good option to replace missing teeth?
- How stable are fixed dental bridges?
- Are dental implants better than fixed dental bridges?
- How can I find out more about dental implants and bridges?
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants replace your natural tooth root, provide support and stability, and improve the aesthetics of your smile. With implants, you can improve your appearance and still enjoy all your favorite foods.
A dental implant has three separate components: the implant post, the implant abutment, and the restoration. These three pieces work together to form the unit that we refer to as a dental implant. It is a fixed permanent solution and functions like a natural tooth.
The actual implant portion is made of titanium, a stable, biocompatible material that the body accepts readily, so there's little risk of rejection. Our dental implants dentists in Woodinville place the implant post in your jaw during an in-office procedure that takes about an hour. We leave the implant to heal for several months, and as it does, it integrates securely with surrounding bone and tissue.
When it has healed completely, the dental implant becomes part of your jaw and works in the same way a natural tooth root does. Once the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone, the abutment portion is affixed to retain the dental restoration.
Why should I replace teeth with dental implants?
Dental implants are much more than a cosmetic solution for missing teeth. Since they are a complete tooth replacement, implants don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support. A titanium post is placed surgically in your jaw and eventually takes up the function of the lost tooth root.
This similarity is significant because when your tooth and root are intact, they absorb chewing forces, and this action stimulates regeneration of bone in your jaw. However, when a tooth root is missing bone regeneration stops, and the bone in your jaw starts to break down. As the bone recedes, you may notice that the shape of your face changes and take on a sunken or drawn appearance.
A dental implant takes the place of the missing tooth root and restores the healthy regrowth of bone in your jaw.
Why is permanent tooth replacement important?
The benefit of a dental implant is that it fills the space left by the missing root and provides a stable and durable base for a dental restoration. Dental implants placed at our Bothell dental office also prevent deterioration of the jaw bone, keep surrounding teeth from shifting, and eliminate the sunken appearance left by a missing tooth.
When do you recommend using dental implants?
When finished with a dental crown by Dr. Goel, dental implants work as a natural replacement for one or more missing teeth. Denture-wearers also enjoy the benefits of using dental implants because dentures can be held in place with dental implants for stability and to provide the wearer with added comfort.
At our Woodin Creek Dental office, we offer convenient appointments and stress-free financing options for placement of dental implants.
What’s involved with getting a dental implant?
There are three components to a dental implant: the actual implant, the abutment, and the dental restoration.
The implant is a tiny titanium post that is placed surgically in your jaw. Titanium is naturally biocompatible, so it integrates naturally into surrounding bone and tissue.
The treatment sequence goes like this: first, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then we wait for your body to heal from the surgery, and for the implant to fully integrate into the bone. Next, the abutment is attached to the implant. Finally, the dental restoration, which is more or less a crown, is secured to the abutment.
If you want to replace missing teeth with dental implants in Woodinville, please call us. We would be happy to arrange an appointment with Dr. Goel or Dr. Chiang to evaluate your needs and explain how dental implants could benefit you.
Is a fixed dental bridge a good option to replace missing teeth?
While dental implants are becoming the tooth replacement method of choice for many dentists and patients, fixed dental bridges are also another very effective solution used for decades before dental implant became popular. The purpose of a dental bridge is to fill the space left by a missing tooth.
How stable are fixed dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a very useful and durable restoration. With proper oral hygiene habits at home and preventive dental exams and teeth cleanings at our Woodinville dental office, our well-made dental bridges can provide as many as ten years of service.
There are certain cases where our dentists may recommend adding dental implants to stabilize a dental bridge. This will be the case if the supporting teeth are not healthy enough to do it on their own. Our dentists have extensive experience placing dental bridges, so please contact us to arrange an appointment with Dr. Goel or Dr. Chiang to see which option is best for you?
Are dental implants better than fixed dental bridges?
It’s not so much a question of which is better as it is which is better for you.
A dental implant is placed surgically in your jaw and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone. One of the significant benefits of choosing a dental implant is that it helps stabilize the bone in your jaw and keeps it from breaking down.
A bridge is a prosthetic that consists of an artificial tooth held in place by crowns attached to neighboring teeth. The bridge fills the space left behind by the missing tooth, restoring your ability to speak and chew properly.
If you want to replace a missing tooth but aren’t sure whether you should choose a fixed bridge or dental implant, please call our Woodinville dental office to arrange an appointment with one of our dentists.
How can I find out more about dental implants and bridges?
If you would like to restore the appearance of your beautiful smile and protect your oral health, we would be happy to arrange a complimentary consultation. We understand that there is a lot involved in deciding to have a dental implant or restoration placed.
We are proud to offer personal care that is customized to fit your individual needs. Your busy lifestyle should not get in the way of your dental care, and we offer extended hours and Saturday appointments for your convenience. We also accept most major dental insurance plans and third-party payments and offer flexible financing options.
Please contact our Woodinville dental office for more information. We will take all the time necessary to help you decide if an implant or bridge is the best option for your unique situation.