Dental Implants in Gresham OR
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in implant technology, Dr. Smith is able to place single stage implants. These implants so not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of 3 to 4 months of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. Sometimes, however, conditions may require implants to be placed as a two stage procedure, with an uncovering surgery performed 4 months after implant placement. There are occasional situation in which the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction—further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Smith performs the initial tooth extractions, any necessary bone grafting as well as the actual placement of the dental implant. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Ready to Reclaim Confidence in Your Smile?
Don’t settle for missing teeth! Dental implants are natural-looking replacement teeth that can renew your smile. Contact us today to learn more!
Blue Lake Oral Surgery
Our Latest Patient Testimonial
Dr. Smith exceeded all my expectations. She placed a bone graft and four dental implants- she gave me my smile back! Dr. Smith is one of the best. I'm forever grateful to Dr. Smith and her team.
- Heather M