Dental Implants

All-on-4 Implants

Dr. Macks’ associate, Dr. Chung, is a certified Prosthodontist, who provides All-on-4 implant procedures. Dr. Chung works at Dr. Macks’ Tacoma office on Fridays. Dr. Chung provides patients with options from a single implant to a complex full-mouth restoration. All-on-4 Implants provide a permanent, screw-retained replacement for the entire upper and/or lower set of teeth. It is a rehabilitation of the maxilla and mandible with fixed prosthesis allowing the best and highest success rate. Call us today to learn more about our dental implants.

As a certified Prosthodontist, Dr. Chung offers fast, affordable tooth replacement. Dr. Chung is a graduate of the Seoul National University College of Dentistry, along with the University of Washington Dental School, where he completed a Master of Science in Dentistry with specialty certificate in Prosthodontics program.

He has spoken on multiple subjects in implant and prosthetic dentistry nationally and internationally to dental professionals and students. He is also serving as an outside expert reviewer for the implant journal, International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants.

Mini Implants

Dr. Macks has been offering Mini Dental Implants in his Tacoma, WA office for over 30 years. Mini Dental Implants offer patients a solution for smaller teeth or incisors. Also, this narrower implant may best serve patients who require stabilization of lower jaw dentures, pre-molar teeth or a missing tooth that was located in a narrow area.

Only a few dentists can perform this procedure effectively, and Dr. Alan Macks is one of those cosmetic dentists in Tacoma who can perform this service.

Here are some core differences between traditional implants and mini implants that Dr. Macks offers:

  • Mini Implants are approximately half the width of their traditional counterparts
  • The implant is not fully submerged during a narrow implant procedure
  • Should implant failure occur, the small size (that of a toothpick) means grafting is not necessary
  • Mini Implants are less costly
  • Mini Implants are solid though they do not contain a screw

Are Dental Implants the Right Solution for Your Missing Teeth?

Do you hide your smile because of missing teeth? If so, imagine what it would feel like to correct the problem, knowing you could smile again with confidence!

Attaining a healthy, beautiful smile again doesn’t just have to be a dream – it could be a reality with dental implants.

Why choose dental implants?

There are many benefits of dental implants as a solution for missing teeth or even decayed, diseased, or damaged teeth. Dental implants look and feel completely natural, restoring your smile to its original beauty and function.

Without compromising the strength of neighboring teeth, implants allow you to chew and speak comfortably and naturally. Additionally, they help prevent tooth shifting and misalignment, which could occur if a missing tooth is left untreated for a long period of time.

Unlike bridges and dentures, implants are a long-lasting solution; they can last a lifetime when properly cared for.

Are you a candidate for dental implants?

Many people, including those advanced in years, are ideal candidates for dental implants. Some factors your dentist will consider include:

  • The condition of your general, overall health.
  • Whether or not you have sufficient healthy jaw bone density to support an implant.
  • The health of your gum tissue.

There are a few factors that could potentially lower the success rate of your dental implant. These include:

  • Smoking.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Cancer, a blood disorder, diabetes, or other illness.

Although these factors may prevent you from being an ideal implant candidate, they don’t automatically disqualify you from the procedure.

Questions to ask during your implants consultation

Before you choose dental implants over another solution, you’ll want to feel comfortable with what’s involved. Here are a few questions you may want to ask your dentist or oral surgeon during your consultation:

  • How long have you been placing implants?
  • Do you have any case studies or before and after photos you can share with me?
  • What special training have you received?
  • How much do dental implants cost?
  • Will my insurance cover any portion of the expense?
  • Do you offer a payment program?
  • What will you do to ensure I’m comfortable during treatment?
  • This procedure makes me nervous. What will you do to calm my nerves?

Dental implants are a life-changing solution for many people who have suffered from missing teeth! If you believe you might be a candidate for implants, discuss your options with your dentist.

Share this article with any of your friends or family who may be searching for a solution for missing teeth.


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Re-posted with permission.

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