How can we help you?
We believe deeply in the power of patient education and strongly encourage our patients to ask any questions that come to mind. Even a question that seems small to you could have a significant effect on your dental health.
Take a look through our Frequently Asked Questions to find a selection of common questions we are asked by our patients. If you have additional questions or if your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask!
Having a missing tooth is not only embarrassing to many people, but it can also affect the way people speak and even eat. You can never tell how much a gap in your smile can alter the way you usually do things until it happens. Thankfully there are many tooth replacement options in Kirkland, WA for people who want to fill out their smile.
The main benefit is permanence
There are tooth replacement options that are removable, like dentures. They have their advantages, but many of our patients don’t like the feel of dentures that can slip in their mouth or even fall out. It’s hard to adjust to something impermanent when you’re used to your natural teeth.
Dental implants won’t slide out of place since they are rooted in your jawbone, much like a natural tooth would be. This makes eating more comfortable, even hard to chew food is easier to eat without any pain. Since dental implants are designed to be durable, with proper care and maintenance they can last ten years or longer—making them a long-term dental investment for many Kirkland, WA patients.
They also look like your natural tooth, so unless you tell people, they won’t be able to tell just by looking at your smile. You can go back to smiling without worrying what people think of you when they see your grin.
Dental implants improve your health
Unlike other dental procedures which require altering your surrounding teeth in order to support the prosthetics, like dental bridges or partial dentures; dental implants leave your existing teeth intact. This is overall better for your oral health and makes brushing and flossing easier for better oral hygiene.
We are here to help you
If you are tired of living with one or more missing teeth, Jen Kim Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Kirkland, WA can improve your appearance and quality of life with dental implants. The first step is scheduling a dental visit with our dentist!
Dental Implants Feel Like Real Teeth
One of the key features that makes us so excited about dental implants is how incredibly similar they are to your own teeth! They look like real teeth, they feel like real teeth, they function like real teeth, and you even care for them like real teeth.
Twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and regular examinations and professional cleanings are all that it takes to keep your dental implants looking great.
Dental implants do not decay in the way that natural teeth do; however, they can build up plaque and tartar. If this build-up isn’t removed through brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings at our Kirkland dental office, you can still develop cavities in your natural teeth or gum disease.
Routine Maintenance is Important
Even with implants, you need to continue visiting our office for routine cleanings and examinations. Dr. Kim will keep an eye on your implants to make sure that they are in great shape. She will also watch your other teeth to help prevent potential problems.
Regular cleanings are the foundation of good dental care. Even though Dr. Kim is skilled at treating many dental problems, she’d still prefer to prevent them whenever possible!
Dental implants represent an investment in your dental health, and we’ll help you protect that investment.
Replace Missing Teeth to Prevent Discomfort
Missing teeth should be replaced as quickly as possible to prevent discomfort and to avoid future problems with your remaining teeth, such as shifting of adjacent teeth. We have several options available to replace your missing teeth including dental bridges, implants, and dentures.
In addition to the physical problems posed by missing teeth, many people who have lost teeth quickly realize that missing teeth can have an enormous social consequence as well. There’s a stigma associated with missing teeth, and others may make unfair and untrue judgments about you.
Missing Teeth May Affect Your Self-Confidence
People who are missing teeth often begin to feel self-conscious about their experience and may experience a drop in self-esteem and self-confidence. In time, some people even develop depression. You may find yourself more likely to avoid social situations and you may miss out on many things that life has to offer.
We Want To Help
You shouldn’t have to deal with these problems. There’s a solution that’s right for you, and we’ll help you find it.
If you are missing teeth, please call our Kirkland, WA dental office today to schedule an examination and consultation with Dr. Jen Kim. We will discuss your options with you and make a recommendation that will fit your needs and lifestyle.
While modern dental technology allows us to create dentures that fit better and look more natural than ever, dental implants are an innovative new solution to the problem of missing teeth and have some significant advantages over traditional dentures:
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Dental implants will never slip or slide.
- When you have dental implants, you can continue to eat all the foods you enjoy.
- Regular brushing and flossing are all it takes to keep dental implants in great shape.
- Dental implants are not warped or otherwise damaged by hot liquids.
- Dental implants do not have to be removed at night.
The biggest advantage implants have over dentures, however, is something less obvious but incredibly important. One of the problems associated with missing teeth is the bone loss that inevitably occurs in the area. The changes in bone density can cause neighboring teeth to become loose, and you may wind up losing more teeth.
Implants act like a natural tooth root and stimulate the bone in the area to continue maintaining itself, preventing bone atrophy and the problems associated with it.
If you have missing teeth and are interested in restoring the area, call us today to make an appointment so we can find the treatment option that best fits your needs and your lifestyle.