Implants

If you have missing teeth, dental implants offer a solution that maintains the look and function of natural teeth. A titanium implant replaces the tooth root, while a crown replaces the actual tooth.

At Implant & Periodontal Associates Northwest, we have extensive experience in both single and multiple-tooth implant procedures, including implant-supported partial and full dentures.

A single-tooth dental implant replaces a tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth.

Because a dental implant replaces the tooth’s root, the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to resorb or deteriorate. Dental implants integrate with the jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact. They also look natural and are easier to clean and maintain.

In many cases, implants are placed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, which may include other surgical or non-surgical procedures.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Is getting an implant painful?
During the implant procedure you will be numb and not have any pain. If you still feel anxious about your appointment, sedation is an option in our office if you let us know in advance. The night after the procedure you will have minimal discomfort from a single implant with the average patient feeling better within the first couple of days. If additional implants (or bone/sinus procedures) are required, you can expect recovery in 7-10 days during which we prescribe you medication to keep you comfortable and facilitate healing.
Are there any additional procedures I will need to get an implant?
This depends on many things including how long the tooth has been missing, the skeletal structure of your jaw, and thickness of your bone and tissue. At your consultation appointment, our doctors will take a 3D image of your bone (considered to be the gold standard for implant planning) and let you know if any additional procedures are required.
Why do I have to go back to my dentist for the crown, can't I have it all done in one place?
Dental offices are much like medical offices where there are general practitioners and specialists. Our doctors have completed an additional surgical residency specializing in implants and other surgical therapies. Since your dentist is the expert on restorative (the crown) procedures, seeing a team will give you the best possible treatment.
Does insurance cover implants?
Frequently yes! Insurance will often cover parts of the implant process including the implant post as well as the implant crown. Every insurance plan differs and we are happy to help you navigate your benefits and minimize your out of pocket costs.

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