Restore Your Smile’s Function and Beauty
Having missing teeth can drastically change your lifestyle. Missing teeth can make you feel like you can’t smile with confidence, speak with clarity, or eat your favorite dish with ease. If you’re struggling with tooth loss and are looking for a solution in the Everett, WA, area, we have the solution for you.
At Just Smile Dental, our Everett implant dentist, Dr. William Webley, offers durable dental implants to give you the confidence to smile again! Learn more about dental implants by calling our office at (425) 341-1111 or keep reading to see if this restorative solution is right for you.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium anchors surgically placed into your jawbone to support natural-looking porcelain crowns. This restorative solution consists of three parts:
- Implant Fixture — A small titanium post that mimics the shape of your original root.
- Implant Abutment — This piece connects the dental implant to the porcelain crown.
- Implant Restoration — This component can be a custom-designed crown, bridge, or complete denture to blend in with your smile.
Types of Dental Implants
Traditional Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants are made of titanium anchors that mimic your original tooth root. Dental implants are the gold standard in restorative dentistry because they fuse with your jawbone through the osseointegration process to create a strong, sturdy foundation. This bond allows your implant to stimulate the jaw, preventing jawbone deterioration and tooth misalignment.
Zirconia Dental Implants
Zirconia dental implants are similar to traditional implants, in that they’re strong, sturdy, and integrate with the jawbone, but don’t utilize any metal. Zirconia is a type of ceramic material with biocompatibility and aesthetic advantages. They’re hypoallergenic, which makes them a great alternative for patients who are sensitive to metals. Additionally, zirconia implants are bioinert, meaning they’ll never trigger chemical reactions that can migrate to other sites of your body or corrode.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4, also known as “Teeth In A Day,” is a technique in which our dentists rebuild your smile on just four implants. Before this technique, you would need about 14 separate implants to restore just one jaw. This unique procedure has made rebuilding your smile much more time-efficient & financially affordable.
This procedure can be done on the upper or lower jaw. At Just Smile Dental, we’ve taken this technique further and aim to place six implants instead of four for added stability. However, we don’t charge extra for the additional implants.
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Dental Implant Process at Just Smile Dental
During your free consultation with Dr. Webley, he’ll perform a thorough examination, take X-rays and impressions of your mouth with our 3D imaging, review your medical history, and ask about your smile goals. You will be able to ask any questions or concerns you may have.
If Dr. Webley determines that dental implants are an ideal solution for you, he’ll use digital planning to create your personalized treatment plan that fits your individual needs. Your plan will include an in-house 3D printed guide consisting of 3D planning and digital planning. This guide allows us to better understand your needs as we plan and perform your implant placement.
Before the procedure, Dr. Webley will thoroughly clean your mouth before using a local anesthetic to numb the surgical site. We also offer sedation dentistry to make your visit stress-free.
We utilize state-of-the-art 3D computer-guided implant surgery to place dental implants in the perfect position in your mouth. This reduces post-surgical complications and allows us to restore your smile sooner.
From there, we’ll use our air polishing unit, air-flow handy, a tool that allows us to gently remove a greater amount of stain and biofilm from teeth. This tool can also be safely used to clean those hard-to-reach surfaces on implants and the pockets between teeth.
If you’ve been told you don’t qualify for dental implants due to jawbone deterioration, we provide supplemental procedures to help increase your implant candidacy. The supplemental procedures we offer involve bone grafts, or using a certain type of bone tissue to regenerate lost bone structure. Instead of a donor’s bone tissue, Dr. Webley can use your autogenous tissue to increase the chances of successful integration. We offer three types of augmentation:
Autogenous Bone Grafting
Autogenous bone grafting allows us to use the patient’s own bone and graft it in the deteriorated/missing bone area. Dr. Webley will make a small incision in another part of your body and take a small piece of healthy bone to graft in the area where it’s missing. This method is possible because bone tissue can regenerate quickly in the affected area once transplanted.
Dentin grafting is a great alternative to bone grafting. Dr. Webley will use an extracted tooth and turn it into an autogenous bone graft. The tooth is ground up and disinfected before placing it in the jaw to replace the bone loss area.
Sinus Lift Augmentation
If you have lived with tooth loss in the upper-back region of your mouth for months or years, the sinus has likely enlarged and become an airlift space. Because the implants need to be surrounded by solid bone, Dr. Webley offers sinus lift augmentation. This surgical procedure involves replacing the lost bone to restore the enlarged sinus to its’ original size.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
Being the right candidate for dental implants is crucial to ensure the success of the procedure. At Just Smile Dental, we believe that dental implants are a versatile and effective solution for many individuals experiencing tooth loss. An ideal candidate for dental implants typically exhibits the following characteristics:
- Good General Health: The candidate should be in good overall health, with no uncontrolled chronic medical conditions that could complicate the healing process.
- Adequate Bone Density: Sufficient jawbone density is essential to support the dental implant. In cases where bone density is insufficient, supplemental procedures may be considered to augment the bone.
- Non-Smoker or Willing to Quit: Smoking can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of implant failure. Ideally, candidates should be non-smokers or willing to commit to quitting before undergoing the procedure.
- Commitment to Oral Hygiene: Maintaining proper oral hygiene practices is crucial to the long-term success of dental implants. Candidates should be dedicated to regular dental check-ups and cleanings, and at-home care.
- Stable Periodontal Health: Gum disease can compromise the success of dental implants. Candidates should have stable periodontal health or have undergone treatment to address any existing gum disease.
- Realistic Expectations: Candidates need to have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. Dental implants may not be suitable for every individual or situation.
- Absence of Uncontrolled Teeth Grinding (Bruxism): Individuals who suffer from severe teeth grinding may not be ideal candidates, as it can put excessive pressure on the implants.
- Commitment to Aftercare: Post-operative care and adherence to specific dietary and oral hygiene recommendations are vital for a successful outcome. Ideal candidates are willing to follow these instructions diligently.
- Willingness to Attend Consultations: Candidates should be willing to attend consultations, allowing Dr. Webley to perform a thorough evaluation and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to their unique needs.
- Good Candidates for Supplemental Procedures: For individuals with compromised jawbone density, an ideal candidate is open to and suitable for, supplemental procedures like bone grafting or sinus lift augmentation.
Frequently Asked Questions
When patients choose dental implants to restore their missing teeth, they can enjoy a variety of benefits, including:
- Natural-looking dental restoration
- A new smile that’s easy to care for
- Preventing surrounding teeth from shifting into empty space
- Permanent fixtures that don’t shift, slide, or fall out
- Rebuilt self-confidence
Yes, dental implants can often be placed even if you have a history of gum disease. However, it’s crucial that the gum disease is effectively treated and under control before the implant procedure.
Your implant dentist will evaluate the condition of your gums and may recommend periodontal treatment prior to implant placement. This ensures that the gums are healthy and able to support the implant for long-term success.
For denture wearers, most dentists should offer a technique where they can attach your existing dentures to implants. Implant-retained dentures are an affordable option to help smile again with confidence.
Dental implants can help stabilize your denture without the need for goopy denture adhesives. Depending on your budget, they can place two, four, or six implants to hold your denture in place. They can even build you a brand-new custom-fit denture., that will “snap” onto the implants, keeping it very stable.
Most insurance companies should cover a portion of your dental implant procedure. The insurance specialists at your dental office will do their best to maximize your plan benefits. Dentists also recommend speaking to your insurance provider beforehand to learn more about your coverage plan.
Find Your Implant Restoration Solutions With Our Everett Dentist
Ready to regain the confidence to smile, speak, and eat with ease? We can help! To learn if you qualify for dental implants, call our Everett office at (425) 341-1111 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Webley. You can also request an appointment, and a staff member will assist you.
We proudly offer services to new and returning patients in Everett, Edmonds, Marysville, Lynnwood, and Silver Firs, WA. We look forward to helping you restore and protect your smile!