Spokane Dentist - Dr. Andrew Biggs

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in North Spokane, Washington

If you seek a highly qualified cosmetic or implant dentist in North Spokane, contact Andrew Biggs, D.D.S. for a consultation.

Andrew T. Biggs, D.M.D.
1625 W. Francis
Spokane, Washington 99205

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Phone: 509-326-2621
Fax: 509-325-5796

Dr. Andrew Biggs can replace all of your teeth with Dental Implants

Did you know that more than 35 million people in the U.S. are missing all of their teeth on one or both arches? Also, it is estimated that an additional 30 million people have bad teeth and/or periodontal disease, and will face losing all of their teeth in the near future. In the past, the only solution for these patients has been full dentures.

Problems with dentures

Replacing a full bottom arch of teeth with a full denture.
Replacing a full bottom arch of teeth with a full denture.
(Illustration: Nobel Biocare)

The traditional approach to replacing a full set of missing teeth has been to use full dentures. A full denture is a set of artificial teeth that rests on the gum line, and can often provide an excellent cosmetic result. However, dentures have a number of key problems.

  • Dentures are not fixed in place and tend to slip, move, and even fall out. This is why there is such a huge market for denture adhesives and creams.
  • Dentures can be very uncomfortable and painful, given that they rest on the gums. Therefore, eating can be very unpleasant and difficult.
  • With dentures, you have only about 25% of your natural chewing capacity. This greatly restricts what and how you can eat.
  • Many denture wearers report a lack of confidence because of their dentures. While they can smile, they have trouble eating, singing, being active, and sometimes even talking without fear that their dentures will slip or fall out.
  • Upper dentures cover the roof of your mouth with plastic, which can be uncomfortable and greatly inhibit your ability to enjoy food.
  • Also important, dentures do not stop the problem of bone loss. Long-time denture wearers often look much older than they really are because of the loss of bone in their jaws.

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Dental implants are a preferred solution

Replacing a full bottom arch with permanent replacement teeth with only 4 implants.
Replacing a full bottom arch with permanent replacement teeth with only 4 implants.
(Illustration: Nobel Biocare)

Dental implants have proven to be an ideal solution for those missing all of their teeth on one or both arches:

  • Dental implants are fixed in place and do not move. Therefore, a permanent set of replacement teeth can be attached to the implants, and will function almost like natural teeth.
  • Dental implant-supported teeth can give you back 95% of your natural biting and chewing capability. You will be able to eat the foods you like without the embarrassment of worrying about your teeth.
  • Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. You can have the complete confidence to eat, speak, sing, laugh, be active, and do all the things you do with natural teeth, knowing that you have a beautiful smile and fully functioning teeth.
  • Dental Implants address the problem of bone loss. The implants are fixed into the bone and when you eat, the implants exercise the bone and stimulate the growth and health of the bone. This is true even when you have only 4 implants on an arch.

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A full arch of teeth now can be replaced with just four implants, without bone grafting by Dr. Biggs

Dental implants have proven to be the preferred approach to replacing a full set of missing teeth, and are a much better solution than dentures. But choosing the right dental implant treatment approach can be confusing. Dr. Biggs and his staff will guide you through the process of choosing what is right for you.

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With Dr. Biggs help you may be able to have a full set of implants and teeth can be placed in a single day!

In the past, one of the drawbacks to dental implants has been that the procedure is complicated, involving several different dentists, or specialists, and taking many months to complete. Many dentists still use this approach, but not Dr. Andrew Biggs. Qualified patients receive their implants and beautiful new teeth all in the same day. Dr. Biggs uses 3D CAT Scanning technology for treatment planning, they have a specialised Dental Implant Lab to manufacture and fit your new teeth, and they use the latest in Immediate Function clinical techniques and protocol.

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Implants and beautiful new teeth - all in one day!

What was nearly impossible just a short time ago, is now a reality for most patients. You, too, can receive beautiful new teeth, in just one day! Advances in implant technology and new protocols developed by experienced Oral Surgeons and Prosthodontists allow less invasive surgery without bone grafts that results in the ability to replace failing or missing teeth with customized, hand-crafted replacements immediately.

Bone grafts require a delay of many months before a patient could be fitted with and receive replacement teeth. Those patients would have to endure ill-fitting, temporary dentures or be toothless during this period.

Most patients are qualified to arrive for surgery, have their implants placed, and their replacement teeth fitted in just one day. Of course there are a few dental and medical conditions that may make this difficult, so Dr. Biggs and his staff will discuss your case thoroughly with you.

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All-on-4 Procedure

The Nobel Biocare All-on-4 Procedure is an Immediate Function protocol that is attractive to people with dentures or in need of full upper and/or lower restorations. After initial work-up, qualified patients receive just four Implants and a full set of new replacement teeth in just one appointment--without bone grafts. The real appeal is how quickly dentures can be replaced with permanent Implants and fixed, non-removable, new replacement teeth.

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Why Dr. Biggs Uses Nobel Biocare Dental Implants

The Nobel Biocare Mission Statement: At Nobel Biocare, our mission is to be the most desirable partner in science-based solutions that help dental professionals to make a real and lasting difference to the well-being of their patients, empowering them to lead healthier and more satisfying lives.

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