Dental Implants

The Basics

Did you know that over 60% of adults are missing at least one tooth? Dental implants are an excellent and safe way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants provide a long-term, convenient solution to having dentures and provide important support and stability for teeth and facial structure, as well as improve cosmetic appearance.

Dental implants are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw by Dr. Haynes. The prosthetic teeth that are attached to the implants look like natural teeth and significantly enhance or restore smiles! Dental implants are the most natural and sustainable replacement option for missing teeth.

Read more about dental implants on the pages below:
•  Single Implants
•  Implant Supported Dentures
•  All-On-4® Treatment Concept
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► Single Tooth Implants
Single tooth implants can be used for patients who are have lost one or more teeth. Dr. Haynes will surgically place the implant into an opening made in the jawbone. Once the implant attaches to your bone, it will function as a "root." A crown or cap, designed to resemble a natural tooth, is affixed to the implant to fill the space in the mouth caused by the lost tooth or teeth.

There must be enough bone in the jaw for dental implants to be successful and the bone needs to be strong enough to support the implant. Bone may need to be added with a procedure called bone augmentation or bone grafting if there is not enough available. In addition, your teeth and supporting tissues near where the implant will be placed must be in good health.

Auburn Periodontics & Implantology is dedicated to helping you achieve excellent oral health!

► Implant-Supported Dentures
With dental implants, patients are provided the option to restore function in their mouth and smile, without the complications that come with dentures or fixed bridges. Regular dentures often cause gradual deterioration of the bone and soft tissue because the dentures just rest on top of the gums and do not stimulate these areas. Implant-supported dentures, however, provide much needed stimulation and help preserve the facial structure.

Diagram of implant supported dentures with metal ball joints that attach to underside of lower denture.There is no risk of accidental slipping or other embarrassing moments with implant-supported dentures because they are rooted in the jawbone. Embarrassing side effects such as slippage, loose fit, and clicking sounds are eliminated. Although implant-supported dentures can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw, they are most often placed in the lower jaw where stability is most important.

► All-On-4® Treatment Concept
All-On-4® Treatment Concept dental implants provide a tooth replacement option without the risk of complication that comes with dentures or bridges. Unlike other options, patients with limited bone mass can receive All-On-4® Treatment Concept dental implants. Patients do not need any bone grafting to be eligible for the All-On-4® Treatment Concept. With this procedure, Dr. Haynes is able to maximize the use of available bone tissue. An additional convenience of the All-On-4® Treatment Concept is that patients can experience immediate functionality without the need for an extended healing period.

Typical dental implants are placed in the jaw at a 90 degree angle. However, with All-On-4® Treatment Concept dental implants, only the two front implants are placed at a 90 degree angle. The implants in the back of the mouth are fitted at a 45 degree angle to maximize use of available bone. When the bridge is attached to the implants, they lock in place with only a minimal chance of becoming dislodged. Additionally, because of the angle of the two rear dental implants, patients can receive longer implants than normal, which is very important for patients with minimal bone tissue. This makes it possible for patients to receive implants who otherwise would not have been eligible.

Joseph Haynes
925 East Main Street
Auburn, WA 98002

(253) 275-0413
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