Complete Your Smile with Dental Implants in Northgate
The loss of permanent teeth can be a serious blow to a patient’s oral health, sense of self-confidence, and overall quality of life. At Sage Family Dentistry, our team would like nothing more than to help you regain your best smile, and dental implants are by far the best option available today for accomplishing this.
Implants are seamlessly natural-looking, highly durable, and built to last for decades or even the rest of our patients’ lives. Better yet, as a graduate of the world-renowned Kois Center, Dr. Sage’s advanced training enables him to perform every stage of the implant process right here in-office for added patient convenience. Please contact us today if you’re interested in scheduling a consultation here in Northgate • Seattle, WA.
Why are Dental Implants the Right Choice For Replacing Teeth?
Your natural tooth has two important components – there’s the white crown that everyone’s familiar with and the root that’s well-hidden under the gum tissue. Traditional services like dentures and bridges only concern themselves with recreating the crown. While this method can give patients back the aesthetic quality of a complete smile, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate without the constant stimulation that a healthy tooth root provides.
Regarding dental implants, the implant itself is designed to be the “root.” It forms a strong, biocompatible bond with your natural tissue and supports your oral health well into the future while also recreating a new tooth that’s virtually indistinguishable from the lost one.
Once Dr. Sage has helped you determine that dental implants are the right choice for your personal smile situation, we’ll first need to actually insert the implant themselves into the jawbone. Our team will use the latest technology to ensure that this process is precise, comfortable, and highly successful.
Once the implants are securely in place, a two-four month-long healing process begins. Your natural tissue will start to form around them, creating a strong and sturdy foundation that will be able to support your new, custom-made restorations.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
There are several types of restorative options for dental implants, and our recommendation will depend on the severity of your tooth loss and your personal preferences. For instance, if only one tooth/implant needs to be rebuilt, an all-ceramic crown is the perfect choice. This restoration will fit right in alongside natural teeth without requiring their health to be compromised.
Are you missing two or more teeth that appear in a row? An implant-retained bridge can work wonders in replicating the teeth seamlessly. Unlike traditional bridges, which require healthy teeth to be filed down to accommodate the restoration, this version will attach to two implants on either side of the gap.
Dental implants can also be used to replace a significant number of missing teeth with an implant-retained denture. These personalized prosthetics are a big improvement over the traditional version, and they can be anchored over a small number of implants (instead of one per each missing teeth) in order to make them more cost-effective as well.
Do you want your restoration to feel just like natural teeth? A hybrid denture will be fixed permanently in place over the implants. Do you want to maintain the removable nature of a typical denture? Overdentures allow patients to enjoy the oral health benefits of implants while still being able to take out their prosthetic when convenient.
If you’re looking for comprehensive tooth replacement on a fast timeframe, All-on-4 is an excellent option. This technique is designed to restore an entire arch of teeth, and we’ll use just four implants (sometimes six in special cases) to anchor the new prosthetic in place, which makes this option more affordable too. We can even complete both the implant placement and the placement of your prosthetic during the same appointment! All the patient will need to do is return after some time has passed so that we can provide them with a better-fitting denture after their mouth has healed from the surgical procedure.