Dental Implants

Universal Dental Care

Dentists located in Tacoma, WA

If you lose a tooth or need to have extractions, there’s no reason to leave a gap in your smile. With dental implants at Universal Dental Care in Tacoma, Washington, you can replace the tooth with a super-strong and very natural-looking prosthetic. The Universal Dental Care team is dedicated to comfortable and stress-free care for every patient, so use online booking or call the office to make an appointment today. Same-day and emergency care are also available.

Dental Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement that’s permanently placed in your jawbone. A dental implant is the closest you can get to keeping your natural tooth because implants look and feel just like real teeth.

What are dental implants made of?

Dental implant posts, the part that goes in your jaw as a root replacement, are usually made of biocompatible titanium. Titanium fuses with your jawbone very effectively to give the implant excellent stability.

The tooth part of the implant, the crown, is made from porcelain that your Universal Dental Care dentist matches to the color of your other teeth. The crown screws onto the implant post securely until it sits flush with your gums in the same way your natural tooth did before.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

There are a number of benefits to choosing this tooth replacement solution, including:

  • Natural looking: implants look real because crowns are based on your natural teeth
  • Permanent: other options like dentures require replacement every few years
  • Cost-effective: over time, implants are more cost-effective than temporary replacements
  • Oral health: implants prevent bone loss and teeth shifting
  • Secure: implants won't move, slip, or fall out
  • Strong: dental implants are equally strong, if not stronger, than your own natural teeth

For all of these reasons, many Universal Dental Care patients find that dental implants are the all-around top choice for tooth replacement.

Do I qualify for dental implants?

Your Universal Dental Care dentist does a full oral exam and X-ray imaging to determine whether you’re a good candidate.

The ideal candidate is a patient who has a missing tooth but still has healthy jawbone below the tooth socket. If you don’t have enough healthy bone, your dentist may recommend a bone graft or other procedure to increase bone density where you need it.

Healthy gums are also important because they help keep your implant in place. If you have periodontal disease you may need treatment for that prior to getting your dental implant. If your gums are receding badly, or you’ve lost gum tissue due to periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend a gum graft or other procedure to rebuild them prior to getting implants.

Ready to replace your tooth with a beautiful and healthy-looking implant? Click the online scheduler or call Universal Dental Care to speak with one of the friendly bilingual staff members today.