Dental Implants Specialist

Smile Now Dental

Thomas Pham, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, WA

Losing your teeth doesn’t have to mean the end of a beautiful and healthy smile. At Smile Now® Dental in Arlington, Tacoma, and Spanaway, Washington, the experienced dental team can replace your damaged teeth with brand new prosthetics that look completely natural. Dental implants are permanent, so they’re a great option if you’re looking for an alternative to removable dentures. Use the online scheduler or call the location closest to you to book your implants consultation now.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are tooth restorations that function and look just like healthy natural teeth. They have two components, the implant itself and the crown.

The implant

The implant is made from biocompatible metal, typically titanium or titanium alloys. The implant is anchored in your jaw, where it replaces your tooth roots. Once in place, your dental implant gradually fuses with your bone, becoming a rock-solid anchor for the crown.

The crown

Your dentist makes the crown based on your mouth measurements so that it's a near identical match for the tooth you lost. It fits precisely over the implant, and your Smile Now Dental practitioner uses dental cement to keep it permanently in place. Your dentist can even color the crown to match your surrounding natural teeth color perfectly.

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement, so they may be a good alternative to dentures for some patients.

How does the dental implant process work?

You'll usually have several different appointments at Smile Now Dental to get your dental implant, depending on your situation. If you need extra preparation, for example, a bone graft, before your implants, the process can take a bit longer.

There's a waiting period after your dentist places the implant in your jaw. During this time, your implant fuses with the bone. This can cause some changes in your mouth, so it's best to wait until healing is complete before you get your custom crown fitted.

Overall, it may take at least several months before your dental implant process is complete, but it's well worth it to have fully functional new teeth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants are permanent. While you may need to replace dentures every few years, dental implants usually last for a lifetime. You may need to replace the porcelain part of your crown every decade or so, though.

Another big advantage of dental implants is that they look and feel natural. With your dental implants, you can chew your food without worry, brush and floss without anxiety, and smile without embarrassment. You’ll begin once again to get compliments on your great smile!

Want to learn more about natural looking permanent tooth replacement? Use the online scheduler or call Smile Now Dental to book your dental implant consultation now.