If you have missing teeth, consider dental implants to fill the spaces. Implants preserve the shape and appearance of your mouth when you lose a tooth, or teeth, down to the root due to injury or decay. Dr. Tracy and the Fresh Smile team serve patients in Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way, Washington, and the surrounding area, who need this smile-preserving procedure.
Dental implants are an excellent way to replace a missing tooth root. An implant is a small titanium post that anchors a crown or an overdenture. The process involves placing the implant into the jaw bone, waiting several months for the bone to attach to the implant, then taking a mold of the implant to make a crown or a bar that connects to a denture.
Leaving spaces where teeth once were can lead to a deterioration of your smile and your oral health. You need to replace missing teeth because:
Implants improve your appearance and speech, plus they’re more comfortable than empty spaces or removable dentures. Implants are also more convenient than removable dentures that need to be removed or that slide as you eat.
Dental implants can make you less self-conscious of your appearance. They’re durable, long-lasting, and improve your overall oral health.
An implant is an involved procedure that requires 4-5 dental appointments. You start with a consultation and the development of a customized treatment plan. That includes a radiological scan to determine the placement of the implant. A mobile unit then comes to the office to do the scanning. Dr. Tracy, an oral implantologist, then puts the titanium post into the bone socket of the missing tooth; it takes 6-12 weeks for the bone to grow around the implant. Once the implant heals, Dr. ADo fits it for a crown or denture. At your final appointment, he puts the crown or denture into place.
Welcome, New Patients!
Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry is happily accepting new dental implant patients in the South King County area. We treat patients from Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn and SeaTac, WA. Schedule your dental implant consultation with our office today!