Olympia Family Dental

2600 Yelm Highway SE
 Olympia, WA, 98501

General Family Dentistry

Calvin Kim D.D.S.

360-352-6500

Dental Implants
 

Dental Implant Crowns

Dental implants are becoming more popular in today’s dental society for a number of reasons. Implants are utilized to offer patients a foundation for new restorative teeth where natural teeth are missing or have been extracted. The implant offers the patient the opportunity to regain normal function of the tooth without being forced to resort to a bridge or a denture.

Benefits

The implant will osseointegrate (bond) with the existing bone.

 The new implant will support your teeth firmly and safely.

 Your new implants are aesthetically pleasing.

 You will no longer have pain during talking or eating.

 The dental implant will prevent progressive bone atrophy.

 Implants have a proven scientific basis.

Procedure

 

After a thorough evaluation, patient can then be scheduled for the first step of implant palcement by Dr. Kim.  The tooth structure has two main sections, the root and the crown. The root is the section of the tooth that is below the gumline. A dental implant acts as the restorative for this section of the tooth. The metal implant acts as an anchor in the jawbone. The first step of the procedure is surgical placement of the implant. Under regular dental anesthetic, the gum tissue is opened and then Dr. Kim places the implant into the jawbone. When this is achieved, the tissue is then sutured closed. There is not often significant discomfort with this procedure. This process can take from 45 min- 2 hours depending on the number of implants being placed.  

This implant will be left untreated for a period of 3-6 months. During this time, the bone will grow around the implant in a process called osseointegration. A temporary flipper (like a retainer) may be used as a temporary tooth for cosmetic purposes.

 

As the implant is integrating into the bone, Dr. Kim will have the patient come in for the next step in uncovering the implant and getting it ready for the crown. The next step in the process is to attach an abutment to the tooth. This is achieved by exposing the top of the implant and placing the abutment. This is the part of the implant that will support the final crown.

Finally, an impression is taken of the implant and a final restoration is crafted. This restoration will be comfortable and cosmetically pleasing. Your completed implant will be fully functional, allowing you to resume normal activities.

If a patient does not have adequate bone for an implant, the patient may need a bone graft or a procedure called a sinus lift.  Dr. Kim will explain this in full detail and can perform this procedure for the patient prior to placing the implant.

 
 
 
We proudly offer dental implants at our convenient location in Olympia, WA. Quality dental implant restorations provided by Dentist Calvin Kim and staff at our beautiful WA office.