Columbia Dental Care
What our patients say about us
  • “My first visit here is very pleasant. The offce is cozy and clean. Dr. Wang is very knowledgable and all his staff are super nice. The hygienist is excellent. Susan cleaned my teeth thoroughly but also very gently. I wish I'd known this place earlier and pretty sure my two teen girls will also like it!”
    Michael S.
  • My family has been with Columbia dental for several years. My parents like Dr. Tim Wang, and my kids love Dr. Crystal Chang. The staff there are always smiling and warm, and they always help me trying to find the best appointment time that fit my busy schedule. Highly recommended!
    QiaoQiao D.
  • Had dental implants of one upper and two lower teeth about a year ago, so far all is good. Dr. Tim Wang is very skillful and not rushing things. I was referred by a friend and very glad he did.
    Lish C.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth. Unlike dentures or partials, you won’t experience problems with slipping or sliding, and they don’t require a specialized daily care routine beyond regular brushing and flossing. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not require alteration to your existing, healthy teeth. In fact, bridges can be supported by implants for fewer alterations during a more complex restoration.

Do I Need Dental Implants?

For many people, missing teeth present a mostly cosmetic problem. This is a fair concern: Missing teeth carry a stigma, and people with missing teeth may find themselves unfairly judged in many social settings.

Unfortunately, the problem of missing teeth goes beyond the cosmetic issue. Missing teeth put additional stress on your remaining teeth and can lead to damage, including fractures and even further tooth loss. When you are missing teeth, you may find it difficult or even painful to enjoy the fresh, healthy foods that you need for proper nutrition and nourishment.

Even more concerning, one or more missing teeth can eventually lead to significant bone loss in your jaw as the tissue becomes atrophied from lack of use. Over time, this diminishing bone can lead to visible changes in your face and cause you to appear prematurely aged.

Dental implants will stop this process in its tracks, something that even dentures and partials cannot do.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

While most healthy adults are eligible for dental implants, some health conditions can change the effectiveness of the implants. When you visit our office to discuss dental implants, we will ask you a number of questions about your health history.

These questions are important to help us determine whether dental implants are the right option for you. Don’t worry – even if you do have a health concern, we are likely to still be able to work with you. We just need to know about it so that we can account for it and take any necessary precautions.

How Are Dental Implants Placed?

Prior to beginning the actual implant process, we will perform a full examination, including x-rays. Because the implant is attached directly to your jaw, we need to know the condition of your bone. If necessary, you could be a candidate for grafts and other procedures to build up your jaw bone.

The titanium posts for your implants will then be placed. Once you have healed sufficiently, you may receive a temporary crown over the implant while we wait for your permanent crown to return from the dental lab. Once the permanent crown has returned from the dental lab, you will return to our office to have it placed. The fit and appearance will be checked, and your implant will be complete.

For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, please call our practice today.

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