Dental Implants

The Cost-Effective Way to Replace Missing Teeth

Why Dr. Carlson Would Recommend a Dental Implant

Dental implants are designed to provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth. These new teeth look, feel, and perform just like a regular tooth. Dental implants are changing the way our patients live. A person who has lost a tooth is able to regain the ability to eat with that tooth again. A dental implant appears completely natural and keeps your facial contours intact by preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. An implant is one of the healthiest ways to replace a missing tooth.


The Anatomy of a Dental Implant

There are three parts that make up a dental implant.

  • The implant: a titanium screw, which is surgically placed into the patient’s jaw bone where the original tooth used to be
  • The abutment: a small piece that ensures a snug fit
  • Crown: the top part of the tooth, which is attached to the implant and matches the natural teeth

Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery is a dental procedure that involves replacing a missing tooth with an artificial tooth root made of titanium. This titanium implant is surgically placed into the jawbone to provide a stable foundation for a crown or prosthetic tooth. It is a common and effective way to restore a missing tooth, offering a durable and natural-looking solution. Dr. Carlson and his team would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding dental implants and if this tooth replacement solution is right for you. Call 425-334-9600 to set up a consultation to further discuss this treatment option.

What to Expect Following the Procedure

After dental implant surgery, you can expect some initial discomfort, swelling, and possibly bleeding. Pain medication and ice packs will likely be prescribed and can help manage these symptoms. It’s essential to follow your dentist’s instructions for pain management, oral hygiene, and dietary restrictions in the days and weeks following surgery.

Over the next several months, the implant will gradually fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. During this time, you should experience minimal pain or discomfort. Your progress will be monitored during this time to observe successful healing.

After around 3-6 months, the implant has fully integrated, you can expect to enjoy a restored smile with improved oral function. Proper care and maintenance will help ensure the long-term success of your dental implant.

Come to Us With Your Dental Implant Questions

Dental implants are very cost-effective and, if properly cared for, will last for many, many years. The process of placing a dental implant is simple and straightforward and is a regular treatment here at South Lake Family Dentistry.


If you are interested in a consultation about dental implants, please call our office at (425) 334-9600 or email us.

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