Implant Services

Dental Implants

dental implantsIf you have experienced tooth loss, you may be interested in knowing that dental implants are one of the best and most popular treatment options. Instead of sitting on top of the gums like removable dentures, or attaching to adjacent teeth like a bridge, dental implants serve as a long-term tooth replacement. If you want to avoid the use of dentures, or if you are simply in need of a more permanent solution to correct your tooth loss, consider dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jaw in order to hold in a bridge or replacement tooth. These options are often used when patients have experienced tooth loss due to injury or periodontal disease. Endosteal is the most common type of implant. It features etched titanium, cylinders, or various threads that are put into the jawbone. Each implant then holds at least one prosthetic tooth; this implant is best suited as an alternative to removable dentures or bridges.

Dental Implant Candidates

Dental implants are a great option for adults of all ages when the patient has experienced tooth loss. They are an especially smart option for patients who are not able to wear removable dentures. Even patients with certain medical conditions are candidates for this procedure:

  • Gum Disease: Almost all dental implants are placed into the mouths of patients who have experienced tooth loss due to decay or periodontal disease.
  • Smokers: While smoking can lower implant success rate, it doesn’t eliminate the possibility of these patients getting them.
  • Existing Medical Conditions: If, despite your pre-existing medical conditions you are able to handle routine dental treatment, you can usually have implants placed. Patients with chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure have been successful with dental implants as long as the disease is under control.

Your Dental Implant Procedure

The procedure involved with getting a dental implant requires a team effort between your dentist and lab technician. These dental professionals will help you to determine where the implant is needed and how it should be placed and how it will be fabricated. Your treatment plan will vary depending on whether you need to replace one tooth or several teeth and if you are in need of sinus augmentation or ridge modification.

Dental Implants vs. Traditional Dentures

Many patients who have had dental implants enjoy a higher quality of life than patients who elect to have removable dentures or fixed bridges. Dentures can give people an older appearance which may lead to embarrassment in social situations, especially because they can restrict your ability to eat comfortably. The frustrations associated with ill-fitting dentures are non-existent with dental implants, and dental implants can allow patients to enjoy a varied and healthy diet that may be restricted with dentures.

If you are in need of a dental implant and are interested in exploring your options, contact us today or call 503-635-4500 for your consultation. We are conveniently located in West Linn, Oregon and serve patients throughout the Portland metro area including Lake Oswego and Oregon City.