Dental Implants With Dr. Sunwoo
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The dental implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel dental implantsis the choice for you, we ask that you schedule a dental implant consultation. During this consultation visit your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Sunwoo or by a Periodontist referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Dr. Sunwoo utilizes CBCT Scan Technology and surgical guides to precisely place the implants into the tightest spaces for excellent restorative outcomes. Small posts are then attached to the dental implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final Crown, bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Sunwoo will uncover the dental implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Sunwoo can then start making your new teeth. An impression or a digital scan must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the dental implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Are you interested in dental implants?
Call Bellevue Dental Excellence at (425) 378-1600 in Bellevue, WA to learn more!