Dental implants provide a permanent, natural solution to tooth loss
One of the first things that people notice about others is their smile. This may be why missing or severely decayed teeth often cause embarrassment. Some people may even avoid social situations because of their missing teeth.
Dental implants are the permanent solution to tooth loss. Dental implants give people a confident smile while helping prevent bone loss and uncomfortable chewing that often occurs with tooth loss. Dr. Eric Wagar at Benson Hill Smiles helps give patients their smiles and health back with professional implant services.
Dentures and bridges used to be the only options when restoring severely decayed, cracked, or missing teeth. While many people use these options, they have limitations. Dentures must be removed at night to be cleaned, and some people find that they limit what foods may be eaten. Bridges must adhere to the surrounding teeth, which may damage these teeth over time.
Dental implants differ from dentures and bridges. Implants consist of a post and a crown. Dr. Eric Wagar places the post directly into the gums. The gum tissue and bone build around this post. A crown is then screwed into the top of the post. The result is a natural-looking tooth that can be used and cleaned the same as regular teeth.
The dental implant procedure takes place in Dr. Wagar’s office. Though some dentists refer their patients to a periodontist, Dr. Wagar’s specialized implant training allows his patients to be treated in the comfort of his office.
Those interested in dental implants first schedule an appointment with Dr. Wagar. He examines each patient and talks with them about their dental goals. He then determines if dental implants are the best solution. Ideal candidates for dental implants have healthy gums without significant bone loss and are free from periodontal disease.
Before the procedure, Dr. Wagar’s office staff will contact the insurance company and determine coverage. Most dental insurance plans cover dental implants under restorative care benefits. This makes dental implants an affordable solution to tooth loss.
During the procedure, Dr. Wagar makes sure his patients are comfortable and at ease with the process. Local anesthesia allows patients to comfortably relax as Dr. Wagar inserts the posts into the gums. Patients will need to eat soft foods while the bone adheres to the post, and the gums heal.
Once healing is complete, a custom-designed crown will be placed on the post. Dr. Wagar checks the crown for fit and makes any minor adjustments if necessary. Patients leave the office with a happy, confident smile that they will be proud to show off to the world.
Dental implants typically last between 15 and 20 years, though some studies show that they can last as long as 30 years with proper care. Call the staff at Benson Hill Smiles today for more information and to schedule a dental implant consultation.
One of the most satisfying parts of running a dental practice for Dr. Eric Wagar is developing personal relationships with his patients. This shows in the five-star rating that Benson Hill patients give to the practice. Dr. Wagar and the Benson Hill Smiles Team pride themselves on providing personalized dental care for his patients in the Renton area. By continuing his education and training, Dr. Wagar offers the latest advancements in the dental industry. When not practicing at his office, Dr. Wagar gives back by serving low-income children throughout the world.
Benson Hill Smiles
16653 108th Ave SE
Renton, WA 98055