Dental Implants in Silverdale, WA
Regain Your Smile and Confidence
Dental implants are a popular solution for patients with one or more missing, failing, or damaged teeth. A dental implant is a complete restoration. It replaces the entire structure of a natural tooth, including the root, to produce a fully functioning new tooth.
Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Kitsap Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery offer a variety of dental implant treatments to help patients restore their smile. If you're ready to explore your tooth replacement options, contact Kitsap Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery in Silverdale, WA, for a consultation with Dr. Sukdeep Dhaliwal, Dr. Paul Greenwalt, Dr. Thomas Curran, and Dr. Douglas Baasch. Our Silverdale office is connected to a prosthodontist office next door with a built-in surgery room, so patients can fulfill all of their dental implant needs at one location.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a self-supportive type of tooth restoration. Three parts make up one implant: a post, an abutment, and a crown. Together, they mimic the function and appearance of a natural, healthy tooth.
Dental implants are the only type of replacement teeth that are embedded into the jaw bone. These artificial tooth roots stimulate the jaw bone just like natural tooth roots, keeping the bone healthy. This solid foundation enables the implant to function just like a healthy tooth while remaining securely in place. The crown is designed to match the shape and color of your other teeth for beautifully natural-looking results.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implant-based tooth restoration provides numerous benefits over more traditional approaches, including:
Protect Oral Health
The implant post prevents jaw bone atrophy associated with tooth loss, helping you maintain better oral health. Implants also prevent nearby teeth from shifting into the open space.
There is no special dental care necessary with your dental implant. Simply brush and floss regularly along with your other teeth to maintain proper oral hygiene.
Dental implants are long-term solutions. Their foundation allows you to enjoy your favorite foods without worry, and with proper care, your implant can last a lifetime.
Love Your Smile
You can receive as few or as many implants necessary to achieve a healthy, complete smile that you will feel proud of.
Types of Dental Implants
Kitsap Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery in Silverdale, WA, offers a variety of implant-based restorative treatments. If there is not enough adequate jaw bone to support the implant, you may require bone grafting treatment prior to the implants being placed. We will outline your treatment plan at your first visit and help determine the right type of restoration for you.
- Single Tooth Replacement. One dental implant can be inserted anywhere you need a new tooth, as long as there is enough jaw bone to support it.
- Multiple Tooth Replacement. Multiple implants can be placed throughout the mouth, or an implant-supported bridge can be inserted, which restores several teeth missing next to each other.
- Same-Day Implants. If you need a tooth extracted and have enough healthy jaw bone, we can perform the extraction and implant placement in one surgical visit.
- Full-Arch Restoration. In a life-changing single procedure, we can insert multiple implant posts and attach a fixed prosthesis, resulting in a completely new and functioning smile.
Zirconia Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants are made of medical-grade titanium. Zirconia implants are a non-metal ideal for patients with allergies or sensitivities to metals. They are made of zirconia, a ceramic non-metal, and can have a more natural-looking result due to the more tooth-colored appearance of ceramic. Zirconia dental implants are also highly resistant to corrosion.
Zygomatic Dental Implants
Zygomatic dental implants have longer posts that are embedded into the cheek bone, or zygomatic bone, instead of the upper jaw. They are ideal for patients looking to replace teeth in the upper arch, but who have experienced significant jaw bone loss. This type of implant placement may be used as an alternative for bone grafting in the areas of weakened bone.
Dental Implant Surgery
The first step in the dental implant process is to visit us for a consultation. You will meet with one of our oral surgeons who will examine your oral health and create a custom treatment plan. We will take 3D scans of your mouth and discuss your options for anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout any surgical procedure.
When it is time for surgery, we will administer the chosen anesthesia and wait for it to take effect. Your oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue and insert the implant post. If you need a tooth extracted, we can remove it and insert an implant post into an empty socket at the same visit. Sutures will be placed as needed and you will rest in our office until the anesthesia wears off.
The post will integrate with the jaw bone over the next few months, in a process called osseointegration. In some cases, your oral surgeon will place the final crown during the surgical procedure. Otherwise, a temporary dental crown is placed and once the implant post heals, a restorative dentist will attach the final crown.
Cost of Dental Implants in Silverdale, WA
We believe that everyone should have access to the dental care they need. At your first visit, we will provide you with a cost estimate for your dental implant treatment. Factors such as the number and type of implants you need, your choice of anesthesia, and your dental insurance will be considered. To find out details of your insurance coverage, we recommend contacting your insurance provider directly. Contact us in Silverdale, WA, to schedule an appointment and find out how you can afford the implant-based tooth restoration you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many teeth can one implant hold?
One implant post can generally support up to three false teeth, or pontics. If you are missing three teeth next to each other, only one implant post may be necessary to restore them. If you are missing more than three teeth, you may require multiple posts or benefit from a new arch of teeth through full-arch restoration.
Can dentures be put in permanently?
Full-arch restoration involves attaching a fixed denture to multiple dental implant posts. This secures the denture in place, so it will look and function just like natural teeth at all times. By having a denture attached to dental implants, you avoid oral sores, moving parts, and the overall inconvenience of removable dentures.
Do dental implants hurt?
For the surgical procedure, we offer a variety of anesthesia options including general and local anesthesia, IV sedation, and laughing gas. After the surgery, most pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, ice packs, and rest.
Who is not suitable for dental implants?
Patients with severe periodontal disease, jaw bone deterioration, suppressed immune systems, or other conditions may not be suitable for dental implants. Generally, if you are healthy enough to undergo a general surgery procedure, you are likely healthy enough to receive dental implants.
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.