Strong, durable, and stable, dental implants have revolutionized modern dentistry. They replace tooth roots, halting and reversing jawbone loss. They also provide a secure foundation for high quality replacement teeth, and restore virtually all original bite strength.
Despite common myths, nearly anyone can be a candidate for dental implants. If you have an underlying condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you are at increased risk from surgery, so those conditions should be well-managed. If you have gum disease, tooth decay, or other oral health problems, we will need to correct those before your implant placement. If you have extensive jawbone loss, you may need a bone graft to support the implants. Within these parameters, though, there is no reason not to enjoy the benefits of dental implants.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
One dental implant capped with a crown can replace a single tooth. We will insert a tiny sliver of biocompatible titanium into your jawbone and cover it with a healing cap or cover screw. Over the next few weeks, it will fuse with the bone. We will then remove the cover and attach your new crown with a piece known as an abutment.
Dental Implant Bridge
While a traditional bridge requires us to sacrifice healthy tooth structure in the supporting teeth, an implant supported bridge leaves the adjacent teeth undisturbed. If you are missing three or more teeth in a row, we can support the bridge on one implant at each end, creating a highly functional and aesthetic restoration.
Traditional dentures tend to pinch and rub, and they can make it nearly impossible to eat many foods. Implant supported dentures are strong and durable, allowing you to eat even tough meat and sticky candy with ease. Just two implants can stabilize a removable denture, while a handful of implants can secure a full arch of permanently attached replacement teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are a life-changing and fixed solution to replace all of your missing teeth. We work with some of the best surgeons and dental laboratories in the Portland area to design and fabricate your smile design.