Dental Implants in Port Orchard, WA
Beautiful, Healthy Tooth Replacement
Dental implants are a popular solution for patients who have teeth that are missing or badly damaged beyond the point of saving. Many patients qualify for dental implants, and treatment is fully customizable to fit your exact smile needs.
Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Kitsap Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery are eager to help more patients get their confidence back and improve their health with dental implants. Contact our office in Port Orchard, WA, for a consultation with Dr. Sukdeep Dhaliwal, Dr. Paul Greenawalt, Dr. Thomas Curran, and Dr. Douglas Baasch to determine the right type of restoration for you.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a complete tooth restoration. It consists of a post, which acts as an artificial tooth root, an abutment, and a crown. Treatment is fully customizable, and dental implants are a great option for patients of all ages once the jaw has fully developed.
When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate in that area. This is because teeth roots stimulate the jaw when you chew, keeping it healthy. Without stimulation, the bone weakens. Dental implants are the only restorative option to prevent jaw bone atrophy caused by tooth loss because the post acts just like a tooth root.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
There are numerous benefits to choosing dental implants to restore your teeth. Some of these benefits include:
Prevent Bone Loss
Dental implants help keep the jaw bone healthy and strong. They also prevent adjacent teeth from shifting into the open space caused by a missing tooth.
Dental implants are custom-made for you and will blend in with your other teeth. Most people are unable to tell the difference between your replacement teeth and natural teeth.
Unlike removable dentures, your dental implant will remain in your mouth at all times. No special rinses, products, or cleaning routines are necessary to keep your implant healthy.
There are numerous types of implant treatments available, and your surgeon will create your plan around your exact needs. Your plan will include the number, type, and location of your new teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
At your consultation appointment, your surgeon will examine the number of teeth you would like replaced, their location, and the state of your jaw bone to determine the right type of dental implant treatment.
- Single Tooth Replacement. One dental implant is used to restore or replace one tooth anywhere in the mouth. This includes front teeth, canine teeth, and even molars.
- Multiple Tooth Replacement. Several teeth missing next to each other can be restored with an implant-supported bridge. You can also receive multiple implants at various places throughout the mouth.
- Same-Day Implants. If you need a tooth extracted, we can immediately replace it with an implant. This saves time, money, and allows you to leave the office with a complete smile.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Patients looking for a completely new smile benefit from this treatment, which uses dental implant posts to support a fixed prosthesis in one or both arches.
Zirconia Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants are made of medical-grade titanium. For patients with metal allergies, zirconia implants are a great alternative. Zirconia dental implants are made of a ceramic non-metal that naturally has a tooth-colored appearance, and are resistant to corrosion.
Zygomatic Dental Implants
Dental implants are typically embedded into the jaw bone. Patients who lack adequate upper jaw bone or who seek an alternative to bone grafting turn to zygomatic dental implants. These implants are inserted into the zygomatic bone, or cheek bone, for stability.
Dental Implant Surgery
At the consultation appointment, one of our oral surgeons will examine your oral health and discuss your goals. We will help you choose the right type of anesthesia for your surgical procedure, as well as take 3D scans to evaluate the bones and soft tissues of the face.
The surgical procedure to place a dental implant is quite straightforward. We will administer the chosen form of anesthesia, and your surgeon will place the implant post in the designated area via a small incision. Sutures are placed as needed, and you will go home after the anesthesia wears off.
The implant post will integrate with the jaw bone over the next few months. Once healed, a second procedure is done to place the abutment, if this was not completed during the initial surgery. A restorative dentist will create and attach your final crown, and your dental implant treatment is complete.
Cost of Dental Implants in Port Orchard, WA
Our oral surgery office accepts many forms of payment and insurance plans to make oral surgery care accessible to more people. The cost of your dental implants will depend on how many you need, the type, your dental insurance, the anesthesia you choose, and if you require additional procedures. We discuss these factors and provide a cost estimate for treatment during the consultation. Contact Kitsap Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery in Port Orchard, WA, today to find out how much dental implants will cost for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which doctor does dental implants?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most qualified dental specialists to place dental implants. Oral surgeons specialize in implant-based restoration, treatment planning, and ensuring optimal long-term oral health results.
Are you awake during tooth implants?
Most patients undergo IV sedation for dental implant surgery. This will put you into a semi-conscious state and you will be able to answer questions. You will not feel discomfort under IV sedation and most patients have no memory of the procedure. This differs from general anesthesia, in which you are totally unconscious.
Is there a cheaper alternative to dental implants?
Removable dentures and bridges are often cheaper upfront, but these options do not prevent bone loss or fully restore oral function. Many patients find dentures to be cumbersome, and they must be replaced every few years. Dental implants are a long-term solution with high success rates and with proper care, your implants can last a lifetime.
How many teeth can you have on one implant?
In most cases, one implant post can hold up to three false teeth. This is called an implant-supported bridge and is ideal for multiple teeth missing next to each other. If you would like a new arch of teeth, multiple implant posts would be inserted to support a new row of replacement teeth.
Expert Oral & Cosmetic Surgery Care
Our surgeons have provided exceptional care to patients in Kitsap County for over three decades. At each of our locations, you and your family can expect to be treated with compassion and honesty every step of the way.