Dental Implants & Tooth Extraction
There are a number of reasons why a tooth might need to be extracted. A tooth damaged beyond repair by wear or decay are common reasons for a tooth needing to be removed by a dentist.
If a tooth must be removed, dental implants offer a safe, long term replacement solution
Dental implants are about as close to healthy, natural teeth as you can get. With dental implants you can eat, smile, and enjoy daily life just as you did before, without worrying about your teeth.
Implants work like artificial roots. A dental implant resembles a screw that is set in a patient’s jawbone. Once healed, the implant bonds with a patient’s natural bone, providing a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth known as crowns.
Dental implants are a time-tested solution, successfully providing relief to patient’s in the industry for over 30 years. They are the strongest replacement option available, and allow new teeth to look and feel natural.
Over 3 million people in the US currently have dental implants
At Alki Family Dental, we offer safe and reliable tooth extraction and implant dentistry performed by our experienced and knowledgeable staff. Set up an appointment to talk with us today and see if a dental implant may be right for you.
Dental bone graft
If during evaluation a patient’s jawbone is found unable to support a dental implant, there are several techniques that may help to restore the jawbone and provide a stable foundation for dental implants.
For a dental bone graft, a piece of bone is sourced from elsewhere on a patient’s jaw or body (hip bone, for example) and transplanted onto the jawbone. Artificial bone is also an option ever growing in popularity in dentistry today. Once transplanted, it may take up to a few months for the new bone to be able to be used effectively for a dental implant.
Socket preservation is a surgical procedure used to reshape a patient’s jawbone where a tooth has been previously removed, or otherwise lost. With the tooth missing, the socket that is left must be considered in how it is cared for.
Also known as alveoloplasty, socket preservation addresses this very issue.
Talk with Alki Family Dental in West Seattle and see if socket preservation may be an option for you
Bone augmentation involves the restoration or regeneration of bone in a patient’s jaw when it is otherwise unable to support dental implants.
Bone augmentation describes a variety of procedures used to build bone so that dental implants can be placed.
These procedures typically involve grafting bone or bone-like materials from other source areas to the jawline.
Once the grafted bone or material has been surgically placed, the bone needs time to fuse and become a strong integrated part of the surrounding jawbone. Once healed, a patient’s jawbone is strong enough for an implant to be placed.
If you would like to learn more or discuss your options, come in and talk with our experienced team at Alki Family Dental today
Wisdom teeth extraction
Wisdom teeth are molars located at the back corners of a patient’s mouth. Wisdom teeth are the last to appear in the mouth. It is common to see patients with a wisdom tooth that does not have room to grow (impacted). Impacted wisdom teeth will likely need to be pulled.
Common symptoms of a wisdom tooth in need of removal include pain or infection, and ignoring the issue may also lead to other more serious dental issues
If you haven’t had a check-up with a dentist recently, it’s best to do so regularly as impacted or infected wisdom teeth may also show no signs of an issue until after being checked by a dentist. Problematic wisdom teeth may be extracted through dental surgery, generally in a single day while under local or general anesthesia.
Alki Family Dental offers wisdom tooth extraction
Our professional and experienced staff are able to offer wisdom tooth extraction as part of our collection of services. Set up an appointment today to see about your options
Soft tissue graft
Ensuring healthy and attached soft tissue around the base of a newly placed dental implant is crucial to the long-term success of the procedure.
lack of gum tissue can lead to issues
A lack of gum tissue around the new tooth will not only hamper the beauty of a patient’s new smile, but can lead to issues such as plaque build-up, implant instability, and infection
There are multiple techniques available for the regeneration of gum tissue around a new implant. Soft tissue may be grafted from other areas within the mouth and surgically applied to the affected area. Beyond supporting a healthy smile, soft tissue grafting may visually blend the new tooth area with the rest of the gum line thereby improving a patient’s smile.
If you think you are a candidate for a soft tissue graft, or would like to discuss your options, set up an appointment and talk with Alki Family Dental today to learn more.
Gum re-positioning surgery
Over time a patient may experience what they feel as a tooth becoming longer”. This refers to a receding gum line and over time, this recession may go as far as to expose the root surface of the tooth. There are many causes that may bring about this unwanted change.
While incorrect or over-brushing is a common cause, gum re-positioning surgery might be necessary because of a poor position of the tooth’s root within the jawbone. Recession may also be a result of gum disease.
Grafting gum tissue from other areas of the mouth to the exposed area can decrease bothersome tooth sensitivity, protect teeth roots, and improve the overall look of a patient’s gum line
Artificial repair material has also grown in popularity within the dental community in recent years.
At Alki Family Dental we pride ourselves on minimally invasive gum re-positioning surgery performed by our experienced and highly trained staff. Set up an appointment to talk with us today and find out what may be right for you