Dental Implants

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Implant Dentistry in Bellingham, WA

People are living longer than ever. While regular brushing, flossing, and checkups at our Bellingham, WA dental office allow many of our patients to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes teeth just can’t keep up with daily wear and tear. If you’ve lost a tooth or a few teeth due to injury or disease, you can rejuvenate your smile and your oral health with dental implants provided by Dr. Seelye.

An implant is a titanium-threaded post that is placed in the jawbone to replace missing or lost teeth, or to help stabilize dentures. Affixed to the titanium post is a replacement tooth, which blends seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.

Implants are versatile, and can be used to restore your smile whether you’re missing one tooth or several teeth. If you are missing only one tooth, one implant plus a replacement tooth will return the ideal function of your teeth and improve your smile aesthetics. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge. Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, an implant-supported denture may be your best option.

Advantages of Implants over Removable Dentures or Bridges

  • The instability of conventional bridges and dentures can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force.
  • Implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth since they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are integrated (fused) to the jaw bone, whereas dentures rest on the soft tissue and remaining teeth and bridges affix to the adjacent teeth.
  • Implants will typically last a lifetime if they’re cared for properly, while bridges usually only last ten years.

Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.

Why choose Barkley Boulevard Dental Care for your dental implants?

Dr. Seelye has completed extensive continuing education in the areas of dental implant placement and restoration. He is a graduate of the Landera Ranch Implant Institute (The Engel Institute) and participates in the Dr. Wade Implant Study Club. Additionally, since Dr. Seelye provides general dentistry as well as implant dentistry, he can help you maintain the health of your dental implant for years to come.