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Dental Implants


Following tooth loss, it is essential that your teeth be replaced as soon as possible. Traditionally, missing teeth have been replaced using bridges or dentures. While these treatments restore many of the functions of your teeth affected by tooth loss, they still have their downsides. At ZenTech Dentistry, we offer an alternative to these traditional treatments with dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?


Dental implants provide an alternative to traditional tooth replacement options. This treatment uses titanium rods, which are surgically placed into your jawbone, to provide support for your dental restorations. Your jawbone fuses to these posts, gradually integrating them into your jaw and turning them into secure roots. Your dental restorations, made from ceramic, are then affixed on top.

Implants for All Needs


Dental implants are a unique treatment that can be used to meet several different needs.
•  Single tooth. A single tooth implant is designed to replace an individual tooth. A single post provides support for a single crown.
•  Multiple teeth. A multiple teeth implant is also commonly called an implant supported bridge. This restoration is used to replace two or more missing teeth in a row.
•  Full arch restoration. A full arch restoration is used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. This treatment typically uses 6 to 8 implant posts to support your new teeth.
•  All-on-4® Treatment Concept. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, but do not have the bone mass in your jaw to support the implant posts, All-on-4 can help to provide you with a full arch restoration without the need for a bone graft.

How are Implants Placed?


Implants require surgery for placement, which is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. Small incisions are made in your gums, providing access to your jawbone. We then drill small holes into your bone, according to your treatment plan, and place the implant posts directly inside. Next, your gums are sutured closed around the posts, leaving a small portion exposed above the gumline.

Finally, temporary teeth are placed. These temporary teeth remain in place until you have fully healed. Once you have healed, and your jawbone has fused to the posts, the process for creating and placing your final restorations begins.

Benefits of Dental Implants


Dental implants provide several benefits.
•  They look, feel, and function exactly like your real teeth.
•  Your new teeth are very comfortable. They are supported by the posts rather than your adjacent teeth or your gums.
•  You can brush and floss your dental implants just like your real teeth.
•  Your teeth are secured in place and will not slip out of place or fall out.
•  The posts restore stimulation to your jawbone, helping to stop and prevent bone loss in your jaw.

Are There Disadvantages to Dental Implants?


While there are many benefits that are associated with dental implants, there are a few disadvantages as well. We go over the benefits and drawbacks during your initial consultation to ensure that dental implants are the right treatment for you.
•  Implants require surgery.
•  With surgery, there is a recovery period. This can take several weeks to several months.
•  If you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw, you may require a bone graft first.
•  Implants can be more expensive than other options. The need for a bone graft means additional surgery, as well as additional cost.

With dental implants, we can restore your abilities to eat and speak while also restoring the quality of your smile and preserving the integrity of your jaw. Call ZenTech Dentistry today at (503) 765-9699 for more information and to schedule your appointment.
Talk to one of our caring patient coordinators today to schedule an appointment.
 
Dr. Frank Sioda
18676 Williamette Dr. Suite 202
West Linn, OR 97068-1718

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