At the California Center for Implant Dentistry, Dr. Obiora Nkwonta, your Seattle dentist, places innovative dental implants for one or multiple teeth lost to decay, gum disease or oral injury. Preferred over traditional tooth replacement options, such as fixed bridgework anchored to neighboring teeth or partial dentures held in place by clasps, dental implants join to the patient's jaw bone for a secure, long-lasting foundation.
What is Dental Implant Like?
An implant is a dental prosthetic. Just like a real tooth, it has a root and crown and helps retain the natural size and density of the patient's gum tissue and jaw bone. The root resembles a screw and is made from titanium, a naturally-occurring metal that encourages bonding with human bone. The bonding process is called osseointegration, and this process makes dental implants second to none in terms of longevity and function.
The dental implant holds an extension piece called an abutment and also a beautiful porcelain crown. Versatile and lifelike, dental implants can support partial or full dentures that are either removable or permanently placed.
Dental Implant Surgery
After determining that a patient has good oral and overall health and also sufficient bone to accept an implant, Dr. Nkwonta performs a simple in-office surgery to secure the device. Usually using just local anesthesia to numb the area, Dr. Nkwonta incises the gums and drills a small hole into the jaw bone at the implant site.
He screws the device in place, making it flush with the bone. He sutures the area closed and sends the patient home for a period of healing. Usually, dental implant surgery has a second stage--placement of the abutment and crown. However, sometimes the dentist places the abutment right along with the implant device. Dr. Nkwonta determines the kind of surgery necessary based on patient need.
Additionally, some patients require bone grafting treatment before implant placement. Use of donor bone or bone paste ensures the strength and size of the area before dental implant surgery.
The Academy of Osseointegration, made up of experts on how human bone melds with titanium implants, says that more than 90 percent of dental implant surgeries are successful. Furthermore, more than 90 percent of dental implants stay in place for decades. Contrast this with traditional dentures or bridgework which have typical lifespans of about 10 years.
Facing Tooth Loss in Seattle?
Or are you already missing one or more teeth? It's not too late to get a dental implant surgery consultation with Dr. Obiora Nkwonta at the Lake City Way Dental Center in Seattle. Older teens through adults in their senior years enjoy the benefits of strong, natural-looking teeth with dental implants.
Contact the office staff today to set-up a personal dental implant consultation with Dr. Nkwonta at (206) 363-1828.