Implant & Surgical Dentistry
Our smiles are designed to withstand the test of time. Even so, teeth, gums, and other soft tissues can still fall vulnerable to damage, severe decay, and infection. If your smile is suffering from the repercussions of an accident, trauma, disease, or tooth loss, the highly skilled and compassionate team at Smiles Solutions can provide expert resolution with dental implant and surgical dentistry.
Although the thought of needing surgical dental care can be frightening, our renowned denturist, Dr. Rafael Clark, and his Puyallup team are highly experienced in these treatments. This includes all forms of dental restorations and dentures, which are crafted in our on-site dental lab. No matter the complexity of your oral surgery needs, we’re fully equipped with the extensive knowledge, skill, and advanced technology to replace teeth, rejuvenate gum tissue, and eliminate disease from start to finish.
Your smile is much too important not to feel, look, or function its best. If you suspect you need surgical dental care, either with dental implants or other oral procedures, contact Smile Solutions, where our passion for helping others and the science of dentistry meet to transform your smile.
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What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are body-safe titanium posts which typically consist of three parts:
The implant post is surgically placed in a precisely-calculated location within the jawbone. These body-safe posts serve as artificial tooth roots, replacing structure and restoring function.
The abutment is a small metal attachment responsible for connecting the implant post to the final tooth restoration for lasting support.
The permanent restoration is the visible tooth prosthetic that is crafted, matched, and polished to look and feel exactly like natural, healthy teeth. The tooth restoration of your choosing is secured to the abutment once you’ve healed from implant placement.
Dental implants are often considered the gold standard for replacing teeth lost because of trauma, extraction, or complications from severe gum disease.
What Sets Dental Implants Apart?
Dental implants are unlike any other tooth replacement options available. What makes them so favorable is their high success rate. This is because the titanium used for implants posts is completely biocompatible. This means the posts are accepted by the body as living tissue and bone fuses around the implant in a process known as osseointegration.
Osseointegration not only provides a reliable, long-lasting, and secure foundation for your dental prosthetic, but because implants serve as artificial tooth roots, they also work to restore the vital stimulation your jawbone needs to remain strong, full, and healthy.
The benefits of choosing dental implants don’t stop there. These posts can help preserve natural facial features, improve digestion, and restore proper eating, speaking, and smiling with confidence once more.
When Would I Need Treatment with Dental Implants?
The most basic need for treatment with dental implants is to replace missing teeth. Your specific needs, however, may vary.
Common reasons why dental implants may be needed include:
- Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
- Deep decay
- Trauma or injury
- Severe damage or infection
- Ectodermal dysplasia and other genetic conditions
Can Anyone Receive Dental Implants?
Those in good oral health, overall health, and who are willing to invest in the long-term wellness of their smile can be great candidates. We do not recommend implant treatment for children, pre-teens, and adolescents whose smiles are still growing. Candidates must also have healthy gum tissue, free of disease, and infection.
In situations when advanced gum disease or prolonged tooth loss have weakened the gums and jawbone, Dr. Clark and his experts provide various ways to restore health and volume with bone grafts, sinus lifts, ridge modifications, and other preliminary treatments.
With the help of our state-of-the-art surgical planning center and digital CT scanner on-site, we can accurately diagnose your specific needs for surgical care, strategically craft treatment plans to address current concerns, and perform these intricate procedures precisely, ensuring you receive the best surgical and implant dentistry possible. We also provide nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation options during treatment if needed or upon request.
What is a Bone Graft and How Can It Help?
If there isn’t enough volume or bone density for your jaw to securely hold an implant, a bone grafting procedure may be recommended to restore fullness and strength to your jawbone once more.
During a bone graft, our experts may either take a section of bone from another area of your body, or use a specialty bone grafting material, and place it in the specific areas in need of restored volume in the jaw.
After months of healing and waiting for the new, dense bone to be rebuilt, a bone graft can better ensure your future implant(s) are stable, secure, and long-lasting.
What is a Sinus Lift and When Would it Help Me?
The key to successful implant treatment is the quality and quantity of bone where the implant is placed.
Often, the back of the upper jaw is more difficult to place dental implants due to the natural lack of bone and how close it is to the sinuses. If you've lost bone in this area due to periodontal disease or prolonged tooth loss, you may not have enough bone to hold implants.
A sinus lift can help by raising the sinus floor and adding bone volume and strength in preparation for dental implants placement. Undergoing sinus lift surgery can significantly increase your chances for successful implant results that can last for decades with proper care and maintenance.
How Can Ridge Modifications Help and What’s Involved?
Deformities or weakened bone in the upper or lower jaw caused by gum disease, injury, or trauma can make your jawbone too soft or weak to house implants properly.
With ridge modification surgery, the gums are lifted away from the ridge to expose the impacted areas. They are filled with bone or a bone substitute to build up and strengthen the ridge.
What Can I Expect from Dental Implant Placement?
Once your jawbone, gums, and other soft tissues have healed properly from any prior bone graft, sinus lift, or ridge modification surgeries, the next step is to schedule your implant placement procedure.
Innovative CT scanning technology helps Dr. Clark and his fellow implant experts determine the ideal location and positioning for precise placement of your dental implants. Your implants posts are placed using special tools to measure the amount of force put on the implants during placement, helping to reduce any discomfort after treatment.
In addition to our team’s renowned experience in implant dentistry and oral surgery, our on-site technologies allow us to perform precise implant placement and also help promote successful results and faster healing.
How Many Implants Do I Need?
Your specific implant surgery is performed depending on the number of implants needed and teeth needing to be replaced.
- One dental implant replaces a single missing tooth
- Two or more implants restore several missing teeth in a row
- Two to three implant posts can replace multiple missing teeth
- Four, six, or eight dental implants renew all teeth lost in a smile
Which Implant Restoration is Best for Completing My Smile?
As your leading experts in prosthetics and all dental restorations, Dr. Rafael Clark and his team provide exceptional options to help restore one to all missing teeth in your smile.
At Smile Solutions, we offer the following prosthetics used to complete your dental implant treatment that also work to renew your smile’s beauty, health, and lasting function:
Crowns affixed to a single dental implant replace a missing tooth completely, from root to crown. Our porcelain, zirconia crowns mimic the beauty and functionality of natural teeth while matching perfectly to your surrounding, healthy teeth.
Bridges quite literally “bridge” the space between the neighboring healthy teeth. When attached to dental implants, your bridge works to restore proper bite and function while blending seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Dentures can consist of multiple to a complete set of life-like, artificial teeth. When affixed to dental implants, your chosen denture restoration utilizes the lasting support of implants for permanent replacement.
Our Puyallup dental experts specialize in all forms of dentures. Our leader, Dr. Rafael Clark, is a nationally and globally recognized denturist who continues to use his extensive knowledge and skill to provide a comprehensive variety of traditional, removable, and implant-supported denture prosthetics.
For patients in need of more immediate full smile restoration, we provide the All-on-4® method, which utilizes some of the best advances in dental implant technology. By using just four implant posts to replace all teeth in the upper, lower, or both jaws, this technique allows us to provide you with a fully restored smile once more!
How is My Crown, Bridge, or Denture Restoration Created?
While the crown, bridge, partial, and full denture prosthetics of today are more natural-looking and more comfortable than ever, with the help of our on-site dental lab, your restoration is near flawless.
From your very first consultation to completing your new smile with a personalized restoration, our skilled team has full control over the entire process. This not only allows us to help choose the right prosthetic and materials for your restoration, but it also ensures you receive the very best that advanced dentistry has to offer.
For your restoration to take proper shape, we take digital impressions of your teeth, gums, and other structures. These images provide us with a precise blueprint which our skilled lab technicians use to create your prosthetic and artificial teeth.
Depending on your treatment plan and chosen restoration, fabricating your prosthetic may take several weeks.
Have More Questions? Ask our Smile Solutions Experts!
We understand that treatment with dental implants and other surgical dental care procedures can create feelings of anxiety and intimidation. This is why Dr. Clark and his team believe in taking the time to discuss every aspect of your treatment with you.
The very last thing we want is you leaving our office feeling scared or confused about any upcoming procedures. During appointments and consultations, we always encourage you to express your concerns or fears, discuss expectations and ask questions.
Below are three of the most common questions our dental experts are asked about implant and surgical dentistry.
During any surgical procedure we perform, the area is completely numbed, and you’ll most likely be given sedation or a local anesthetic to put you to sleep. Mild soreness and some discomfort are expected after implant placement and other oral surgery procedures.
The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient. Treatment costs rely on many factors, like the number of current missing teeth, if a bone graft or sinus lift is necessary, how many implants are needed, and the chosen restoration.
Remember, dental implants are a long-term investment into your best oral health, overall quality of life, and are designed to last a lifetime.
Our Puyallup office also offers a variety of treatment packages and specials, helping you to afford the dental care you deserve.
We recommend contacting Smile Solutions to discuss all possible financing options with our friendly and accommodating front office staff today. Our knowledgeable team is happy to answer any questions regarding insurance coverage as well as go over our in-house packages and specials with you.
Contact Us for Exceptional Implant and Surgical Dentistry!
Dr. Rafael Clark and our entire team at Smile Solutions are dedicated to providing you with the expertise needed to treat all your oral and dental health needs. With our modern treatment techniques, advanced in-office technology, on-site dental laboratory, and continued passion, you’ll receive exceptional care from your first consultation to your final healthy and beautiful smile.
Contact our Puyallup dental office today to schedule your appointment.
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