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For people with one or more missing teeth, dental implants provide a number of advantages that the other tooth replacement options cannot claim. First and foremost, a dental implant replaces both the crown and root of a tooth. In this way, you’ll never have to worry about a denture that slips or a partial that pops out. Furthermore, a dental implant has absolutely no effect on adjacent teeth; remaining teeth stay strong and healthy.
At Maple Valley Dental Clinic, Dr. Dhaliwal and Dr. Tran offer a few different types of dental implants. Depending on your specific set of circumstances, they will be able to make the best recommendation for your smile. Some of the options for dental implants that we offer are:

  • Single tooth implants: Did you know that having just one missing tooth could negatively affect both your oral and general health? Surrounding teeth may shift, causing bite problems, and eating certain foods that are key to a healthful diet may be difficult. A dental implant can prevent these and other problems.  One of our dentists will carefully place the implant in your jawbone where your tooth is missing. As you heal, the implant and surrounding bone integrate to form a secure foundation for your new tooth. After a few months, you’ll return to Maple Valley Dental Clinic to have an abutment attached to the implant. Sometime later, the tooth restoration—usually a porcelain crown—is attached and your smile is once again complete. A single tooth implant is an ideal solution for individuals who are missing individual teeth. The replaced tooth will look and function like a natural tooth. An additional benefit of a single tooth implant is that it can help prevent bone loss, which cannot be accomplished by wearing a conventional dental bridge. The implant stimulates the bone through regular chewing and biting, which helps to stave off deterioration of the jaw.
  • Mini implants: Standard dental implants require a certain amount of bone volume in your jaw in order to remain stable. If you’ve been missing teeth for a while, then bone loss has likely occurred. Without the stimulation of a tooth root, your jaw begins to shrink and bone tissue is reabsorbed. Fortunately, we offer an alternative to traditional implants. Mini implants can be perfect for patients who have lost bone or need to replace teeth that were in narrow spaces. Mini implants are typically about half the size of standard implants. Moreover, their small size often eliminates the need for a lengthy recovery time, so you can have your new teeth in place more quickly.
  • All-on-4: All-on-4 dentures combine the pleasing aesthetic and functionality of dentures with the stability of dental implants. Whether you are a long-time denture wearer or are about to wear dentures for the first time, All-On-4 can provide a comfortable and secure fit. As the name implies, these dentures are attached to four dental implants. The implants are strategically positioned along either or both the upper and lower jaw; they’re also angled in order to take advantage of greater bone density. A metal fitting along the underside of your dentures links tightly to the implants. With All-on-4, you’ll be able to eat, smile and talk with greater confidence.

FAQs about Dental Implants:

  • Why choose dental implants?
  • Dental implants feel better and look more natural that other tooth replacement options, such as a bridge, partial or full denture. They are also considered a healthy choice because they do not impact adjacent teeth and they help maintain your jawbone.
  • How much do dental implants cost?
  • Your cost for dental implants will depend on your particular circumstances. How many implants you need and what your dental insurance plan covers will all influence your cost. Feel free to call Four Corners Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation. We’ll be able to show you your cost and create a payment plan for you, if necessary.
  • Is having dental implants painful?
  • No, not at all. The surgical site is anesthetized, so there is no discomfort. If you’ve ever had a cavity filled, then receiving a dental implant should not be a problem for you.
  • Contact our office today to determine what kind of dental implants in Maple Valley Dental Clinic are best for you.