Rick E. Chavez, DDS
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Porcelain Fixed Bridges & Implants

Consider Dental Implants to Upgrade Your Smile
Unhappy with the gaps in your smile? If you have lost one or more teeth to injury, disease, or tooth decay, you can restore your smile with dental implants in Seattle, WA.
By fusing a small titanium screw to the jawbone, Dr. Chavez will create an anchor for the replacement tooth. This process may take three to six months or a single session, depending on the teeth you are replacing. You may expect some discomfort from the procedure, but that is to be anticipated with any surgery. Look at our common implant procedures for more information.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Missing teeth affect more than your appearance-they can cause physical discomfort, difficult with chewing, loss of gum tissue, and speech impairment. If you choose dental implants, you can look forward to the following advantages:
  • Long-term restoration of damaged or missing teeth
  • Perfect fit and functionality-second only to your natural teeth
  • Retention of your natural features Protection of your jawbone
  • Preservation of your surrounding teeth
When you're unsatisfied with your smile, it impacts your confidence. As a result, you may find unnecessary challenges in your personal and work life. By working with Rick Chavez, DDS, you can achieve a smile that exceeds your expectations. With restorative dentistry, we'll work to match the appearance, comfort, and function of your natural teeth.
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  • Other Procedures
  • Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
  • Crowns (Caps)
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures & Partial Dentures
  • Porcelain Fixed Bridges
  • Fixed Bridges
  • Single Tooth Replacement
  • Multiple Tooth Replacement
Of course, you'll want to consider a few factors before moving forward with your dental implants in Seattle, WA, including your health and the amount of available bone. Dr. Chavez has been in business for 35 years, so you can rely on his expertise as you weigh your options.
Scheduling a consultation with our dentist and determine whether an implant is the right path for you. Simply give us a call at 206-789-6377 to get started.
Benefits of an all-ceramic crown on implant:
When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
In this case, a so-called one-piece implant is used. This means that all components are installed as a single unit, resulting in immediately full functioning teeth, shorter treatment time and minimized pain.
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Single Tooth Replacement
  • Immediately functioning teeth
  • Excellent aesthetic result
  • Life long, stable solution
This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
1: Before the procedure
The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
2: Installing the implant
The implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you eat and function like normal almost immediately. The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
3: Attaching the new crown
The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.
4: End result
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean and bright.
Tooth-supported fixed bridge
A traditional bridge involves grinding down adjacent teeth to support the bridge. It is a stable solution with good aesthetics and function that is fairly easy to install. However, this alternative has two main disadvantages: continuous bone resorption in the edentulous area, and sacrificing healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge.
Removable partial denture
This is not a permanent alternative to a lost tooth. It is unstable and loosely attached, which affects both function and comfort. A removable partial denture is made of plastic – a material that can't create the same aesthetic result as a ceramic crown. The benefits are few but do exist: adjacent teeth aren't affected. It is easily and quickly installed and relatively cheap.
Resin-bonded bridge
This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly installed, functions well and, since it is made of ceramic, it gives a high aesthetic result. Moreover, natural healthy teeth aren't affected. But it is not very permanent. The resin-bonded bridge will eventually come off – probably after just a couple of years – and will then have to be reinstalled.
Benefits with fixed bridge on implants:
In this case, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the only fixed alternative. Traditional dentures can't offer the same stability or function.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
Having dental implants replacing your lost back teeth will give you new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.
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  • The only fixed alternative in this situation.
  • A stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want
  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss
After the initial examination, you can expect 4-5 additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached. It is normal to experience some minor bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissue afterwards. Any discomfort is usually treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition
1: Before the procedure
Three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only real replacement alternative is installing a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.
2: Installing the implant
First, the implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session. A temporary bridge may be placed at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal almost immediately after leaving the dentist.
3: Attaching the new crown
The implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached. This is normally done 1-2 months after the implant installation. The time will vary, depending on the teeth affected and the esthetical demands.
4: End result
The new bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.
Removable partial denture
This alternative is often perceived as uncomfortable and a bit complicated to use. Function can't be compared to that of a bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects its look. It is quite expensive to fabricate due to its many parts. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spared.