Tooth loss can make eating and speaking difficult, but finding an effective tooth replacement option that meets your lifestyle is possible. Whether you are dealing with the loss of one or multiple teeth, Dr. Micah Bickel and Dr. Bryant Trinh, your implant dentists, can help restore beauty and function to your smile.
At Phinney Ridge Dental in Seattle, WA, we offer dental bridges, full or partial dentures, and dental implants. We can help you select the treatment and the restoration that works best for you. Many of our patients choose dental implants because they provide unsurpassed function, peace of mind, and convenience. Dental implants are also capable of supporting bridges and dentures to restore the dental health of patients who are missing some or even all of their teeth. To get started on the path back to your healthy smile, contact our team today to get started.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Losing teeth can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. Tooth loss is embarrassing where your appearance is concerned, but it also negatively affects your overall health. When you lose teeth, you can even begin to lose valuable bone, which is the support structure for your smile. Dental implants help to retain essential bone by keeping it stimulated, and protecting your remaining teeth.
Replacing your lost tooth also means that your neighboring teeth won’t shift and move into the open space, causing bite misalignment. A correctly aligned bite protects your jaw joint and allows you to chew and comfortably eat your food.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution and also the best way to replace missing teeth without limiting your diet. Do you enjoy a perfectly grilled steak or a bowl of crunchy carrots? With dental implants, you can have it all! Since dental implants provide the best stability for your restorations, you will not be limited in the foods you can eat.
Tooth implants also offer aesthetic solutions since a porcelain crown for a single tooth replacement can be custom designed to complement your smile. Dental implants can also be utilized to support dental bridges or dentures, so patients missing multiple teeth can also enjoy the health benefits that tooth implants offer.
Dental Implant Placement
Dr. Micah Bickel has successfully placed hundreds of dental implants in the last year alone. Dr Bickel and Dr. Bryant’s extensive training, experience, and expertise provide our patients with exceptional results, both aesthetically and for proper function. You can complete your tooth implant procedure from start to finish at Phinney Ridge Dental, ensuring that you work with Dr. Bickel or Dr. Bryant and the team you trust throughout the entire process.
Once we successfully place your dental implant, we allow proper time for healing. The integration process usually takes 3-4 months. During this time, we will monitor your progress closely, so that when your healing is completed, we can continue with your treatment.
Creating healthy, happy smiles is a passion of both of our doctors, and they have invested in continuing education and training so they can provide advanced services like bone grafts, gum grafts, and sinus lifts, which make dental implants possible for almost any patient.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
For dental implant placement to be effective, a certain level of bone density must exist. If there is insufficient bone, sometimes patients are told that they are not a good candidate for tooth implants. However, your implant dentist can perform a bone grafting procedure to increase your bone density, making your tooth implant possible.
When sinuses interfere with proper implant location, Dr. Bickel and Dr. Bryant can provide a sinus lift to relocate the sinus cavity, making room for your dental implant.
If you’ve been told that tooth implants were not the right treatment for you, we encourage you to contact Phinney Ridge Dental today to schedule a second opinion evaluation with one of our doctors. With their advanced skills, training, and expertise, Dr. Bickel and Dr. Bryant can make dental implants a reality for most patients.
Tooth Implant Restoration
Restoring your dental implants is the final phase of restoring the health and appearance of your smile. If you are replacing a single tooth, a porcelain crown is likely the best option for you. If you are restoring multiple teeth, our doctors may recommend a dental bridge, partial, or full denture depending on your needs.
For single-tooth replacement, we create each dental crown individually to make the fit comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. We design the size, shape, and color of your dental crown to complement your other teeth and fit with your bite.
Dentures that are supported by tooth implants provide patients with a much more secure fit than traditional removable dentures. There are no longer worries about movement or slippage of your denture when you are talking or eating with an implant-supported denture. Dental implants also provide the added benefit of protecting your jawbone and keeping it healthy so you can avoid the deterioration that occurs with removable dentures over time. Implant dentures offer better longevity, making them a wise investment for our patients.
Once we restore your dental implant with the restoration that best suits your needs, Dr. Micah Bickel and Dr Bryant Trinh will make any small adjustments to ensure a perfect fit. The end result is a seamless, comfortable smile!
Protecting Your Investment
Once you have chosen to invest in dental implants for your smile, you will want to do everything you can to protect your investment. The good news is that you’ve chosen a very reliable dental procedure with a 95 percent success rate, and caring for a dental implant is very much like caring for your natural teeth. Brushing, and flossing, combined with routine dental exams and cleanings will help you maintain your dental implant health.
Dental implants also provide exceptional convenience for our patients. Not only do they look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth, but they also offer the best longevity of any tooth-replacement option. This is because they have the potential to last for decades and even a lifetime with the right home care and regular dental checkups with your dentist.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Would you like to learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit your smile? Scheduling an evaluation with one of our doctors is the first place to start!
Dr. Bickel and Dr, Bryant will perform a thorough examination and take x-rays to determine the health of your jawbone. They will then create a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs, which will also include the exact cost of your implant treatment. Since every patient’s situations are different, the cost of implant dentistry varies greatly since some patients may need bone grafting, and it also depends on their restorative needs. The best way to determine how much your treatment will be is to schedule your evaluation today.
Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans don’t offer coverage at this time for dental implants. However, our friendly and knowledgeable team is happy to discuss options for fitting your treatment into your budget with you. We are always delighted to work with our patients to help them get the dental treatment they need.