The technology associated with implants has progressed drastically in the last few years, and we have invested in all of it! Considered one of the authoritative figures in dental implant placement, Dr. Sidhu averages 20 implants placed per week and has been doing so for 8 years in Issaquah. This experience is invaluable to our patients that may be suffering from complex and unique situations that other dentists would not feel comfortable treating.
Dental implants look and feel just like your own teeth. They are meant to be a permanent solution and give you full functionality of your teeth. Most people say that besides eating whatever they like after getting implants, the most noticeable impact is how quickly they regained their confidence because of their new smile.
Come in to our Issaquah dental office for a free consultation, where we'll take a CT scan of your mouth to identify any bone loss and show you exactly how we will be placing the implant. The implant post is placed into the bone, which is typically followed up with a period of a few months so the implant can bond with the bone. After everything is healed, we're ready to place the crown and give you your smile back.
Dental implants are like your normal teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups at our Issaquah dental office. During your regular cleanings, we will inspect the implant and crown to make sure there is no damage. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
Sunrise Dental of Issaquah is among the very top offices in the state for volume of implants placed on a yearly basis. We love hearing from our patients about how implants have given them their life and confidence back. Let us help do the same for you!
Single or Multiple Implants
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Advantages Over Dentures or Bridges
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don't directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don't compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
Our Issaquah implant services include:
- Sinus Lift Augmentation: Often the sinuses will enlarge following loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
- Autogenous Bone Grafting: Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
- Implant Site Development: When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
- Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning: We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location, enabling the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result where your dental implants are concerned.
- Implant Maintenance: Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.