Dental Implants

Thi Nguyen, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Tacoma Dental Care

Thi Nguyen, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Tacoma, WA

Missing teeth can make eating difficult and might make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Dental implants look and function exactly like your natural teeth, so you can chew and speak normally and smile with confidence. The team at Tacoma Dental Care has the expertise you can trust for high-quality dental implants. To schedule a consultation for implants, call the office in Tacoma, Washington, today, or make an appointment online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth or crown that’s attached to a metal post, which is implanted directly into your jaw. Because the implanted metal post fuses with your jawbone, implants look and feel exactly like natural teeth.

Implants can replace a single tooth or be used as an anchor from bridges or partial dentures if you don’t have an original tooth to use as an anchor. Implants are also used for full mouth restoration.  

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants look and function more like natural teeth than any other replacement option, and they last longer as well. In addition, dental implants:

  • Restore facial shape
  • Restore the look of your smile
  • Prevent remaining teeth from shifting
  • Prevent progressive bone atrophy
  • Restore the ability to chew and speak normally

Implants are stronger than your original teeth, and they aren’t susceptible to cavities or infection. They also last longer than other types of artificial teeth.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

The best way to determine if you’re a candidate for implants is to schedule an exam and consultation with a member of the skilled team at Tacoma Dental Care. If you’re an adult with one or more missing teeth and you haven’t suffered too much loss of bone in your jaw, dental implants may be a good option.

What should I expect during my dental implant procedure?

The experienced team at Tacoma Dental Care installs your implants in two stages. The first step is implanting the metal post within your jawbone. This is an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia.

Once the post is installed, it takes 6-12 weeks for it to fuse with your jawbone. Once your bone has healed with the post in place, you’ll return for the second step in the process. During this stage, your expert provider attaches the artificial tooth to the post and makes sure it feels comfortable, and your teeth are aligned so you can bite and chew properly.

If you’re having multiple implants, you’ll likely have a series of appointments to install your implants over a period of time. Your provider designs a custom treatment plan to keep the process streamlined and manageable.

For a dazzling new smile that feels comfortable and natural, call Tacoma Dental Care today, or make an appointment online.