Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium fixtures that are surgically inserted in the jaw bone to replace a missing tooth. They are a permanent replacement for your adult teeth. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like a normal tooth so you can achieve the quality of life you desire!

How much do Dental Implants cost?

A very common question is "How much are dental implants?" The cost of Dental implants in Seattle can compare to other dental treatment such as a fixed bridge. Often times the fixed bridge will need replacing if decay gets under the restoration.  The result is that the cost will nearly double over time. In comparison to a dental implant, with proper maintenance and routine visits to your dentist, it can last nearly the rest of your life. Seattle dental implants are one of the most recommended procedures to replace a missing or damaged tooth.

How do Dental Implants work?

Dental implants fuse into the jawbone to provide stable support for artificial teeth. Unlike dentures and partial dentures, dental implants will not slip or move in your mouth during your daily routine. Dental implants are designed to function just like a healthy adult tooth. In addition, they allow your dentist to arrange ingenious treatment plans that will satisfy you for years to come. 

What type of Dental Implants does our office use?

Our office practices with dental implants  recognized by the AIC and ADA for superior quality.  These include well known brands such as: Nobel Biocare, Straumann, and Hiossen.  The endosteal implants are made of titanium. Endosteal means they are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. 

What is the treatment like?

When you work with our office, we consider the time and the financial investment you are making. We would like to provide you our sequence of visits:

 

1. Initial Consultation: During this visit you will have the personal experience of meeting with Dr. Klass. He will explain to you all of your different treatment options and answer all of your questions. Diagnostics will be taken during your first visit. Sometimes a 3D Cone Beam X-ray is needed to ensure this is the right treatment for you.  A team member will then sit with you and explain your financial investment. If you have dental insurance, the financial coordinator will inform you if dental implants are a covered benefit. If sedation medication is recommended by the doctor, prescriptions will be written for you.

2. Surgical Placement: At your second appointment the dental implant will be placed by your doctor.  Once the placement is complete, the doctor will allow 3 months for the implant site to heal. 

3. Healing Cap Placement: After the 3 month window has passed, a small incision will be made over the implant site to insert a titanium screw. This will allow your gum tissue to grow around the screw for the implant crown to be seated. Your doctor will want to see you in 1 month for healing. 

4. Implant Crown Impression: This will be the easiest and shortest appointment because no anesthetic is required. Your doctor will have you bite into a soft material (impression) that will record the information needed to fabricate your new tooth by our lab technician. After the impression is taken, it will take the lab 3 weeks to make the final crown. 

5. Crown Seat Appointment: This will be your last appointment needed to complete your new restoration. The doctor will install your new tooth in minutes, and the best part is that no anesthetic is required. 

How can I be comfortable during my visit?

Patients can be comfortable under light sedation. There is nothing light about it, our patients have said. Many of our patients who experience anxiety or are fearful of the dentist love this because they report not having a memory of the procedure and minimal post operative discomfort. With a successful combination of medication taken the day prior and the day of, it will result with a fearless and pain free dental visit. 

Will my dental insurance cover this procedure?

In our experience, many major insurances have covered dental implants. To find out, you can call your dental insurance provider and they will walk you through it. Or one of our insurance specialists will be more than happy to assist you in finding out the specifics of your policy. We have also found that many insurances do not routinely cover sedation, so please allow us to look into it for you. 

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