Dental Implants in Spanaway, WA

Are missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures taking the joy out of the everyday things you love? Throw out those messy adhesives and let dental implants change your life!

Dental implants are small titanium posts that serve as replacements for the root portions of missing natural teeth. Because of the biocompatible properties of titanium, dental implants fuse with the surrounding bone to become solid anchors for the crown, bridge, or denture that goes on top of it (called a dental implant restoration).

  • Implants look and feel more natural than removable dentures do, making them the preferred method of replacing missing teeth.
  • Dental implants are more stable, so you can speak, smile, and eat without feeling self-conscious.
  • Implants can help prevent further bone loss and preserve the shape of your lips, jaw, and face.

Tacoma dentist Dr. Kwansoo Lee has extensive experience in both the surgical placement and the cosmetic restoration of dental implants. You can receive all of your implant care and other dental treatments right here at Spanaway Family Dentistry!

Dental Implant Illustration - Family Dentistry Spanaway WA

Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants can be used in a variety of restorative procedures, from single tooth replacements to full mouth reconstructions. Whether you’re missing one tooth or many teeth, there’s an implant option for you.

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

When you lose a tooth, the surrounding bone tends to shrink and soften. The gum tissue can also recede around the space because there is no longer anything there to support it. Strong and healthy bones are important for successful osseointegration, the process by which a dental implant naturally fuses with your jaw bone. If Dr. Lee notices significant bone loss during your initial exam, he might suggest a bone graft to ensure a more successful outcome.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Any person can have dental implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the implants. However, implants are usually more successful in adults and older teens whose bones have finished developing. The implant process also tends to be more complicated for individuals with gum disease, active diabetes, immune deficiencies, and for people who smoke or chew tobacco. Dr. Lee will consult with you about your medical history and oral health habits to help you decide if implants are right for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to treating you!

Implants - Before & Afters

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