Dental Implants Beaverton OR
Dental implants are a revolutionary procedure that allows safe, durable, stable, and long-lasting teeth replacement. Dental implants can replace single or multiple missing teeth, but they also offer a strong foundation for other teeth restoration options, like dentures, dental bridges, and dental crowns.
Dental implants are easy to clean and maintain. The material of the implants is extremely biocompatible, which means that dental implants can serve as a lifelong tooth replacement without any complications. Even though dental implant surgery is a highly invasive procedure and can take three to six months to complete, it is a reliable option and offers tremendous benefits as compared to other teeth replacement options.
Dental implants are modern and extremely reliable medical devices that have a higher success ratio for teeth replacement as compared to other options. When a person loses a tooth due to injury, illness, or poor oral hygiene, a dentist extracts the roots in order to reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and protect other teeth and gums.
However, the missing roots can lead to decreased stimulation of the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. The lack of stimulation can eventually lead to bone resorption, or bone loss, which means that the jawbone will start losing its strength, structure, and density.
Dental implant surgery is the procedure of replacing these missing roots by using a metal screw-like fixture. It is a complex surgical procedure in which the oral surgeon drills the titanium implant body inside the jawbone. This dental implant body provides a stable foundation on which replacement teeth are placed.
After the placement of the implant body inside the jawbone, the dentist allows the bone to heal over the next couple of months. This process is known as osseointegration. The jawbone grows around the dental implant, fixing it in place. As dental implants are made from biocompatible materials, there are little to no chances for infection at the dental implant site.
After the jawbone completely heals around the dental implant, the doctor makes another incision in the jawbone, exposing the implant body. Then, an abutment is attached on top of it, which extends into the oral cavity. The abutment serves as the basis on which the replacement tooth is finally attached to the implant.
Dental implants are exceptionally different from dental bridges and dentures. They are placed inside the jawbone and help stimulate the bone in order to preserve bone mass. Dentures and dental bridges, on the other hand, only rest on top of the gums. This means that after a while, the gums and jawbone underneath will start to deteriorate, creating a gap that can give rise to bacterial infections and other complications.
Dental implants are fairly expensive when compared with dentures and dental bridges. Replacing a full set of teeth using single-tooth implants can be hard to afford, which is why a feasible alternative, known as the All-on-4 Treatment Concept, is often used.
All-on-4 dental implants are used to replace a full set of missing upper or lower teeth using just four implants. These four dental implants, two at the front and two at the back of the mouth, are placed at such an angle that they can support a complete dental arch.
All-on-4 dental implants have the following benefits over single-tooth implants.
The All-on-4 dental implant technique consists of the following four steps.
Single tooth implants are generally used to fill the gap left by one missing tooth. It is by far the most stable and efficient method of replacing a tooth without compromising the health of the adjacent teeth. The dental implant will preserve the bone mass, which allows greater stability of surrounding teeth and prevents further tooth loss. A single tooth replaced by an implant also supports adjacent teeth, looks and functions like natural teeth, and is easy to clean.
Dental implants do not just replace a single tooth. They can also be used to replace multiple adjacent missing teeth. When a patient wishes to restore their multiple teeth using dental implants, the dentist offers several teeth restoration options, such as dental bridges, dentures, or dental crowns. These teeth restoration options, when supported on top of dental implants, are much more durable, stable, and function more efficiently than placing them on top of the gum.
Restoring multiple teeth with dental implants also offers the benefits of bone preservation, preventing the loss of more teeth, and doesn't compromise the patient's cosmetic appearance.
At Periodontal Associates, our dentists evaluate the oral health of each patient, making sure that they are the ideal candidate for a dental implant procedure. Contact us at (971) 317-8414 to schedule an appointment.