If you’ve lost a tooth or experienced tooth damage beyond salvaging, Dr. Andy Mueller in Seattle, Washington can help you regain your beautiful smile. With dental implants, he can insert a replacement tooth to restore your smile and confidence. Visit Brooklyn Avenue Dental to receive your dental implant from the compassionate and skilled team. Call or make an appointment online to see how dental implants can help you.
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth used to replace a missing tooth. Implants are an option for people who have lost one or more teeth due to infection, injury, or decay.
Two types of dental implants exist: endosteal and subperiosteal. An endosteal implant is the most common and involves Dr. Andy placing a screw or other abutment in the jawbone surgically.
For a subperiosteal implant, Dr. Andy ensures the framework posts protrude from the gums to support the implants. Subperiosteal implants are ideal for patients who have minimal bone height or can't wear conventional dentures.
Dr. Andy evaluates your gums to ensure they're strong enough to support the implant. Dr. Andy surgically inserts a crown in place of the missing tooth. He then sends out a mold of your teeth and jawbone to have the customized dental implant crafted in a laboratory.
After your gums heal from the placement of the post, a practitioner comes in to place the implant. The entire process takes multiple visits and requires follow-ups.
A bridge, extraction, or partial or full dentures are potential alternatives to a dental implant. Dr. Andy discusses your needs, desired outcome, and pricing to determine the best course of action for your situation.
No two patients are the same, so the price varies. While it could be on the more expensive side, nowadays some insurers cover a portion of the expense. You may want to check into dental savings plans, which help with a portion of cosmetic dental procedures.
After Dr. Andy installs an implant, you take care of it just as you would your normal teeth. Brush and floss to prevent bacteria from accumulating on the implant, which could damage it.
Visit the office regularly for examinations and routine cleanings after you receive your implant. Expect a dental implant to last a lifetime with proper care.