Dental Implants in Poulsbo, WA
Long-Term Tooth Replacement
Patients with missing teeth or teeth that are beyond the point of saving often turn to dental implants. This tooth replacement option replaces the entire structure of a natural tooth, providing natural-looking and fully functioning replacement teeth.
The oral surgeons at Kitsap Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery specialize in implant dentistry and helping more patients qualify for implant-based tooth restoration. Dr. Sukdeep Dhaliwal, Dr. Paul Greenwalt, Dr. Thomas Curran, and Dr. Douglas Baasch will evaluate your oral health and determine the right type of restoration for your smile goals.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant is made of three parts that work together to replicate the appearance and function of a healthy, natural tooth. An implant post, connective abutment, and custom dental crown allow you to replace a missing tooth anywhere in the mouth with remarkable results. You can receive dental implants following tooth extractions or after a bone graft has healed to provide a solid foundation.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that fuses to the jaw bone in the same way as a natural tooth root. This fusion provides stimulation to the jaw bone through chewing, keeping the bone strong and healthy. Because of this stimulation, dental implants are the only option that prevents bone loss associated with missing teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
When you choose this long-term option to restore your smile, you benefit in many ways.
Once fully healed, the implant post becomes a fixed addition to your smile. It will not need replacing and your dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
Results You'll Love
The crown is custom-made by a restorative dentist to blend in with your other teeth for results that look natural. Most people are unable to tell which tooth is the implant.
Dentures require special care and replacements every few years, while dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss daily to keep it clean.
The artificial tooth root of an implant prevents jaw bone loss associated with tooth loss. This keeps adjacent teeth from shifting into the open space, preserving alignment.
Types of Dental Implants
There are many types of dental implant treatments available depending on the number of teeth you need to replace, their locations, and your financial situation. At the consultation, we will walk through your options to determine the right type of implants for you.
- Single Tooth Replacement. We can place one implant anywhere in the mouth where a replacement tooth is needed.
- Multiple Tooth Replacement. Multiple implants can be inserted throughout the mouth, as well as an implant-supported bridge, to replace multiple missing teeth next to one another.
- Same-Day Implants. If you have a tooth extracted and adequate jaw bone, we can place a dental implant on the same day to immediately replace the tooth.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Multiple dental implant posts can hold a fixed prosthesis, providing a long-term replacement for dentures and resulting in a brand new smile.
Zirconia Dental Implants
Zirconia implants are made of a ceramic, non-metal material instead of titanium. These implants are great for patients with sensitivities or allergies to metals. Ceramic has a natural tooth-colored appearance and offers beautiful results. Zirconia dental implants are also resistant to corrosion.
Zygomatic Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants are embedded into the jaw bone, whereas zygomatic dental implants are embedded into the zygomatic (cheek) bone. This enables patients who need dental implants in the upper arch but who have experienced bone loss or seek an alternative to bone grafting.
Dental Implant Surgery
First, you will schedule a consultation and meet with one of our oral surgeons. We will examine your oral health, discuss your goals, and help you select the right form of anesthesia for your treatment. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology, which we use to assess the wisdom teeth and create your custom treatment plan.
On the day of your surgery, we will administer the selected type of anesthesia. Your oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue, insert the implant post, and place sutures as necessary. You will rest in our office until the anesthesia wears off. A responsible adult must drive you home and must remain with you for 24 hours if you undergo IV sedation.
It will take several months for the implant post to fully heal. Once it has fused to the jaw bone, you will return for a second procedure to have the connective abutment placed over the implant post. Sometimes this is performed during the first surgical visit. A restorative dentist will create and attach your final crown.
Cost of Dental Implants in Poulsbo, WA
At Kitsap Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery, we make excellent oral surgery care accessible to more people by accepting many payment options and insurance plans. The cost of your dental implant will depend on how many implants you need, the type of implants, your dental insurance, your choice of anesthesia, and if you require extractions or bone grafts. To find out how much dental implants would cost you, contact our office in Poulsbo, Washington, for a consultation with our oral and maxillofacial surgery experts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can dental implants really be done in one day?
You can receive a dental implant at the same visit as a tooth extraction, as long as there is enough healthy jaw bone to support it. The dental implant surgery itself takes about one hour, and you will leave the office often with a temporary tooth attached to the implant post to wear while it heals. The healing process takes several months, but you can receive a dental implant in just one day.
Do dental implants get cavities?
No, dental implants cannot get cavities. Because the implant post is artificial and is not made of bone or tissue, it cannot develop a cavity.
Should I get dentures or dental implants?
Dental implants have high success rates and are a valuable health investment. Removable dentures can be bothersome and do not prevent bone loss. Dentures and bridges may be cheaper upfront, but you must replace them every few years. Without an implant post or tooth root to preserve the jaw bone, you may require complex and costly jaw bone repair surgery down the road. Protect your smile and health by replacing missing or failing teeth with dental implants.
Can you get implants with bone loss?
Bone grafting treatments make it possible for patients with bone loss or periodontal disease to qualify for implant-based restoration.
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.