One of the most significant oral health challenges patients face is losing a natural tooth. Our compassionate team understands that this can cause anxiety about the future of your oral health and smile.
We can help.
Dental implants are considered the gold standard of teeth replacement options because they most closely mimic your natural teeth. Unlike dental bridges, a dental implant replaces the entire tooth structure, including the root. Because dental implants integrate with the jawbone, they prevent the bone loss that occurs with the loss of a natural tooth.
Dental implants also make it possible for patients to enjoy an unrestricted diet, one of the benefits that our Portland patients truly appreciate, especially with the variety of excellent restaurants in the area.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Ideal planning and placement of dental implants requires a combination of clinical expertise and the latest technology. Our dentists, Dr. Clark Brinton and Dr. Paul E. Ortiz, are both experts in the field of dental implant dentistry.
Dental Implant Technology
We use the latest 3-D technology to determine the best placement for the dental implant post. If additional procedures, such as bone grafting, will improve your results, we will discuss your options with you.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery takes about an hour under local anesthetic. Patients typically report minimal discomfort during recovery and are often surprised by how easy the procedure was. We closely monitor healing for the next few weeks.
Dental Implant Integration
Because dental implants integrate with your bone, we need to allow adequate time to ensure stability. This process, called osseointegration, takes about three to four months.
Dental Implant Crowns
Once the dental implant is stabilized in the bone, our dentists design a custom dental crown to complement your smile. Your crown requires the same common sense caution as your natural teeth. Once your dental implant is complete, it is a permanent solution for a missing tooth. Even if the dental crown sustains damage or wear over time, we can replace it without disturbing the post.
For patients seeking a solution to multiple missing teeth, we can place dental implants for each missing tooth or combine the stability of dental implants with dentures or bridges.
Implant-retained dentures – Using four to six dental implants, we can lock dentures in place. This eliminates the slipping and falling that can be common with traditional dentures.
Implant-supported bridges – For multiple missing teeth in a row, we can use dental implants to support a bridge, eliminating the need for crowns on healthy teeth.
Caring for Dental Implants
The greatest risk to dental implant health is periodontal (gum) disease, which causes bone loss. Caring for your dental implants and natural teeth with brushing, flossing, dental cleanings, and exams will help you get the most out of your investment.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you are looking for information about dental implants in the Portland area, we invite you to book a consultation with one of our dentists and warmly welcome you to become part of our dental family.