When a patient is faced with tooth loss, they may become overwhelmed at the options available to them for replacement. Dr. Ann Kelley and the team at Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, WA encourage patients to learn more about the solutions that are used, including dentures, bridges, and dental implants. For many of the patients who visit our practice with single tooth loss, replacing teeth with implants is often the best course of action.
Dr. Ann Kelley describes dental implants as titanium tooth root replacements. They function just like natural teeth because they are placed into the bone of the jaw in the same way a natural tooth is. This allows the implant to derive function and strength from the jaw foundation. The placement of the implant will stimulate natural bone growth during a process called osseointegration. Then, the top of the implant that rests above the gumline is restored over the top with a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on the number of teeth missing and the patient’s unique dental situation.
Dental implants are a restoration that can work in many different situations. However, patients need to have enough bone structure to ensure that the implant takes hold in the mouth and functions at its best. With dental implants, patients will need to undergo a series of x-rays to make sure the mouth is prepared for successful placement. Candidacy is determined during a consultation visit and initial evaluation with Dr. Ann Kelley and her team.
Dr. Ann Kelley understands that dental implants are not for everyone. During a consultation appointment, patients can discuss their desires with their dentist and then work alongside her to choose a solution that best fits their needs. This includes finding a restoration that is affordable with out-of-pocket costs after dental insurance benefits have been applied. We offer several financing options to help make dental implants a reality for patients who might not otherwise be able to afford them.
Dr. Ann Kelley and her team at Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, WA work routinely with patients who are interested in the options available when it comes to restoring their smiles. If you are ready to discuss the ways in which you can replace missing teeth, or are curious to learn more about dental implants, call (425) 385-0080 and book an appointment at the office, conveniently located at 12308 NE 144th Street.
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