Dental Implants in Mill Creek, WA
Tooth loss for any reason can take a toll on your ability to enjoy life. Chewing certain foods can be uncomfortable, and you may notice that your speech is also affected. But worst of all, you want to hide your mouth because you feel like all anyone notices about you is the gap in your smile.
At Mill Creek Dental Health Care, we want to help you get your smile and your quality of life back.
Our state-of-the-art dental implants provide a permanent replacement solution for missing teeth. Dr. Yunki Cho is passionate about continuing education and graduated from the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute. He has also earned both a fellowship and diplomate status from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Tooth Loss – More Than an Esthetic Problem
Missing teeth affect a lot more than the appearance of your smile. If we don’t replace a missing tooth, changes in speech patterns occur, and bone resorption causes the bone in your jaw to recede. Plus, the gap in your smile allows adjacent teeth to shift and move, creating alignment issues.
When a tooth is missing, remaining teeth have to work harder, leading to increased wear and possible breakage of otherwise healthy teeth. Filling the space left by a missing tooth is essential for ensuring comfort and proper function.
Dental Implants – A Healthy Approach
In the past, a three-unit bridge was the go-to solution for a single missing tooth. Unfortunately, this meant sacrificing the structure of the adjacent healthy teeth to create enough room for the restorations to fit correctly. The result is a two-teeth solution to a one-tooth problem.
Today, however, thanks to improved materials and advanced technology, we can offer our patients the option of replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant. Implants are a standalone solution that enables us to conserve healthy tooth structure of adjacent teeth. They also have a much higher success rate than traditional fixed bridges – up to 95% for most cases.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are numerous reasons to choose a dental implant:
- Restore oral function
- Improve esthetics
- Improve self-confidence
- Provide a stable foundation for restorations
- Improve comfort when eating and speaking
- Stop bone resorption and jaw deterioration
- Easy to care for
The Ultimate Support for Dentures
Once the dental implant is anchored in your jaw, there are several restoration options we can discuss, depending on your needs. A single crown is the most common restorative procedure for tooth replacement, but implants can also be used to support a fixed dental bridge or dentures.
The typical procedure for dentures is to place as many as four dental implants at various points in the jaw. Your customized denture is designed with attachments that correspond to the implants. The result is stable dentures that provide superior function and look as close to natural teeth as possible.
Please Call Us for a Consultation
We have seen dental implants dramatically change the lives of many of our patients. If you would like to learn how they can benefit you, please call our Mill Creek, WA dental office. We will be more than happy to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Cho to talk about dental implants and your other tooth replacement options.