Are Dental Implants For Me?


Dental implants are one of many restorations used to replace missing teeth. However, many patients ask: “Are they the best?”

Dental implants are just one of several tooth restoration solutions available at the office of your Port Orchard cosmetic dentist. Other options may include dentures or dental bridges. During a consultation appointment and initial evaluation, Dr. Barbara E. Karbassi will examine the patient and determine what type of restoration may be most appropriate for their specific situation. There is no “one size fits all” option which is why all three solutions are readily available for patients to choose from.

Dental implants are best for patients with an otherwise healthy smile. They require enough bone to successful place into the smile and to last a lifetime. Without sufficient bone structure, patients may be at risk for losing their dental implant. Patients who do not have enough bone but are interested in having implants may be able to undergo bone grafting to build up the ridge and make it better suited for placement. However, this is an added cost that patients need to consider.

Dental implants are great because they last a lifetime with proper care. They are permanent and do not require special care or attention like other restorations might. For example, a dental bridge requires patients to use a specific technique to floss underneath it after every meal to release trapped food. Patients with full or partial dentures need to remove them and clean them regularly to maintain oral health. Dental implants function just like natural teeth and should be treated as such, without special attention.

While dental implants are costly, they hold their value better than any alternative. This is why patients often ask their dentist about the benefits of implants and whether or not they are a good candidate for treatment.

At our office, your Port Orchard cosmetic dentist is dedicated to creating excellence, one smile at a time! Visit her practice today at 4601 Bethel Road SE or calling her friendly front office team at (360) 443-5274. Dr. Karbassi welcomes new patients and families into her practice for comprehensive dental care solutions including preventative, general, and cosmetic services.