Nobody wants a smile with missing teeth. Not only is it embarrassing, but having one or more missing teeth can cause serious oral health problems. Your remaining teeth can start to shift out of alignment, your jaw bone may start to deteriorate and your risk of gum disease increases. Having missing teeth often causes problems with chewing and speaking clearly, and can give the face an aged, collapsed look. The good news is, dental implants and implant-retained teeth — both of which are options offered at Kois Dentistry — can remedy or even prevent these issues by replacing one or more missing teeth and restoring the beauty and function of a full, gap-free smile.
As an experienced prosthodontist, Dr. Dean E. Kois specializes in improving his patient’s smiles and dental health through the placement of dental implants in Seattle and South Lake Union. Dr. Kois uses the highest quality of materials available so that your dental implants give you a smile that is not only beautiful, but durable and long-lasting.
Would You Benefit from Dental Implants?
You may be considered a good candidate for dental implants in Seattle and South Lake Union if you have the following:
- One or more missing teeth
- A tooth or teeth that are damaged (cracked, chipped, etc.)
- Healthy teeth and gums
- Sound overall health (no serious medical conditions)
What to Expect from the Implant Placement Procedure
Dr. Kois knows that each patient and their needs are unique, which is why he customizes a treatment plan to fit your needs using the latest and most advanced technology. Using the cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan, he will first create a detailed 3D digital image of your mouth and jaw, and use it to plan your procedure. This includes using the 3D image to first place your dental implants “virtually,” a process that allows you to get an idea of what the end result will look like before even having the procedure, while also allowing Dr. Kois to plan for a precise placement of your dental implants.
The procedure itself involves Dr. Kois making a small incision in the gums and placing the implant underneath the gums, into the jaw bone. In cases where a patient doesn’t have sufficient jaw bone volume to support an implant, Dr. Kois may use a bone graft to strengthen the jaw bone. One or more replacement teeth, such as a crown or implant-supported denture, are then attached to the implant posts. Dental implant placement causes only minor discomfort, as a local anesthetic is used during the procedure. Whether replacing one or several missing teeth, the dental implant placement procedure is typically performed in one office visit.
What to Expect During Recovery
Most of our dental implant patients experience very little discomfort after the procedure; in fact, they often don’t even have to take time off of work. Other patients — namely those who have had a more complex procedure involving techniques such as bone grafting — may experience some mild swelling and bruising of the gums and minor bleeding and discomfort. These effects are temporary, only lasting about two or three days after surgery. For these patients, Dr. Kois will prescribe pain medication that they can use to manage any discomfort, if necessary.
Call Us to Re-Build Your Smile
Would you like to learn more about how dental implants can give you back a full, functional smile? To learn more about the dental implant options offered at Kois Dentistry, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kois, please contact our office today.