Dental implants are small metal posts that are surgically placed in the jaw. Over the course of several months, the implants become fused with the surrounding bone to function like artificial tooth roots, allowing them to provide a lifetime of support for dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. At Smiles For Life, we are your destination for comprehensive dental implants services. If we find that jaw recession is precluding you from treatment, we can also perform bone grafting to help you qualify.
Also known as the Prettau® bridge, a zirconia implant-supported bridge is a custom restoration used to replace an entire row of teeth. Zirconia implant bridges are extremely lifelike and durable, and your restoration will be closely matched to the shade of your natural smile. Since Dr. Joe McIntyre or Dr. Dan Whiting will secure this type of restoration using five or six dental implants, you can eat, speak, and smile with the full confidence of knowing that it will never move out of position.
For patients with extensive dental damage or missing teeth, a single restorative procedure may not be able to adequately address all of their concerns. In these cases, we can create a custom full mouth restoration treatment plan that includes multiple procedures. Drs. McIntyre and Whiting have both completed specialized courses in full mouth reconstruction at Kois Center for Dental Excellence in Seattle, one of the top training centers in the nation, so they understand how to address even the most complex cases.
Traditional dental bridges have been used as a safe and effective form of tooth replacement for millions of patients. These restorations are made from multiple artificial teeth that have been fused together. Secured by dental crowns on each end, a traditional bridge can replace up to three consecutive teeth. Your bridge will be created based on detailed impressions of your smile in order to achieve the most natural-looking results possible.
A dental crown is a custom cap that is used to completely cover the surface of a damaged or badly decayed tooth, improving both its function and appearance. In addition to working with a trusted dental laboratory, we also have an advanced CEREC® (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) machine that allows to provide patients with same-day crowns made in our office.
A denture can be used to replace several teeth or an entire arch. We proudly offer different types of dentures in order to meet the diverse needs and budgets of our patients. If you are seeking one of the most advanced and comfortable dentures available, we can provide a Strickland Fountain of Youth Denture™. No matter which type you select, your prosthesis will be carefully crafted based on detailed impressions of your smile.
In cases where a filling cannot adequately restore a damaged tooth and a dental crown would not be necessary, an inlay or onlay can be used as an effective and lasting solution. An inlay covers the chewing surfaces of a tooth, while an onlay extends beyond the pointed cusps and down the sides of a tooth. We offer tooth-colored inlays and onlays made from a highly durable and natural-looking composite.
A dental filling is used to restore the strength and appearance of a tooth after treatment for decay. Although we can provide traditional fillings made of metal amalgam, the large majority of our patients choose to receive tooth-colored composite fillings. Not only do composite fillings blend discreetly with teeth, they also form a more secure bond than metal types.