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Dental Implants

A Permanent Solution to Missing Teeth

Whenever you think about your smile, does your mind instantly go to what isn’t there? This is true for many people living with missing teeth, and every day they deal with the self-confidence, eating, and speaking problems they can create. For those who want a permanent solution, look no further than dental implants. This treatment is considered the “gold standard” for teeth replacement because it offers the most benefits when it comes to security, longevity, AND aesthetics at the same time. Also, Dr. Sam DK Kim is a prosthodontic specialist, meaning that he has the expertise to provide a quality of implant dentistry you simply won’t find anywhere else in Renton. To learn more about this fantastic treatment, simply read on below.

Implant Placement

Animation of dental implant supported crownDental implants are special because they actually rebuild a missing tooth from the root up. This is something no other treatment can do. In addition to giving your replacement teeth a very secure base, implants also support the jaw in such a way that they will help maintain your face’s natural shape and youthful fullness.

A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw in order to restore the root structure of your teeth. Dr. Kim can perform this minor procedure right in his office, making sure you’re completely comfortable the entire time. After your post(s) have been placed, you’ll be given 4-6 months to heal, after which you’ll return to SDK Dental Care to receive your final replacement teeth that will be attached to the implants.

Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges

Mock up of dental implant fixed bridgeFor a single missing tooth, we can replace it using an all-porcelain dental crown. Dental porcelain is one of the best materials in all of dentistry because it is strong, durable, and it can be sculpted to perfectly match a natural tooth’s shape, size, color, and even feel. It will completely blend into your new smile, and we bet even you won’t be able to distinguish it from your other teeth after a few days.

If you are missing a row of consecutive teeth, implants can also be used to support a bridge. Implant-retained crowns will simply be placed on either side of the gap in your smile, and these will be attached the prosthetic teeth that connect them.

Implant-Retained Prosthetics

Natural looking mouth model with two implant postsDental implants are extremely versatile, and using just a few posts, they can even support a set of dentures. Implant-retained dentures look just like traditional ones, but they have a multitude of additional benefits:

  • Since they are held in place with titanium, they will never slip, slide, pop, or click.
  • They will maintain their fit for much longer because the jaw will be supported from the inside.
  • They allow for a much stronger bite force, meaning a patient will be able to eat a wider variety of foods with ease.

Mini Dental Implants

Mini implants in ceramic dental modelOften, patients who have had missing teeth for a long time do not have a strong enough jawbone to support traditional dental implants. Fortunately, mini dental implants now allow for even more people to benefit from this wonderful treatment. These implants work just like traditional ones, except they are much shorter and thinner. Because of this, they can often be placed and restored in much less time as well. Dr. Kim will let you know if mini dental implants are the best treatment option for you.

All-On-4

Older man in dental chair talks to dentistThe All-On-4 method enables Dr. Kim to replace an entire arch of missing teeth in just one day using an implant-retained full denture. This treatment only uses four dental implants, which makes it ideal for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbone to support a traditional implant-retained denture (which usually requires 6-8 implants). If you are missing an entire row of teeth and have been for some time, this procedure could be the solution you’re looking for. Patients are consistently amazed at the results we can achieve, and often, their only regret is that they didn’t get it sooner!

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How to Get Started

If you’re currently burdened with missing teeth, dental implants are simply the best solution available today. We can provide them for you right here in Renton, and before you know it, you’ll be seeing a beautiful smile in the mirror every morning. To get started, simply contact our office today for a consultation.