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Dental Implants For Missing Teeth Milwaukie OR

Tooth loss is a serious issue that impacts your entire life. Your smile is noticeably affected. It becomes more difficult to eat and speak. Your digestion and nutrition suffer. Even the health of your jawbone is impacted. Replacing missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of your mouth, your smile, and your quality of life. Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry can replace missing teeth with dental implants.

What Exactly are Dental Implants?

Traditionally, missing teeth have been replaced with bridges or dentures. Dental implants are a modern alternative that provides you with an additional option. Implants use small titanium posts that are surgically inserted right into your jawbone. The bone then fuses to the posts in a natural process known as osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts within your jaw so that they become strong and immovable. The posts are then used to support the ceramic crowns that act as your replacement teeth.

Meeting Some Different Needs

Implants can be used to treat some different tooth loss needs. Whether you are missing a single tooth, just a few teeth, or even a whole arch, there is a treatment option for you.

•  Single tooth implants. Used to replace a single tooth, this treatment uses one post to support a single crown.

•  Multiple tooth implants or an implant supported bridge. This treatment replaces two or more consecutive missing teeth.

•  Full arch replacement or implant supported dentures. This treatment is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. 6 to 8 implant posts are used to support your new teeth.

Dental Implants and Your Jawbone

Dental implants rely on your jawbone for stability. However, shortly after you lose teeth, your jawbone begins to resorb and grow weak. When your jaw is too weak, it cannot successfully support the posts. Your implants may be loose and wobbly, or they may fail altogether.

Even if your jawbone is determined to be too weak to support implants during your initial consultation, this does not mean that you are not a candidate for dental implants. In many cases, a bone graft can be used. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that takes bone material from another area of your body, or from a tissue donor, and transplants it to the weak areas of your jaw, restoring its strength and integrity. Once you have healed from a bone graft, implant surgery can be performed. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may be a candidate for All-on-4. This treatment uses only four implant posts to support your new teeth. The posts are placed specifically to take advantage of your existing bone mass, avoiding the need for a graft.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants provide several significant benefits, including:

•  Completely natural appearance. The ceramic crowns look exactly like your real teeth.

•  They look and feel just like real teeth. You do not have to adjust to a strange object in your mouth.

•  Incredible comfort. Your teeth are supported by the posts. There is no pressure on your gums, nor is there any worry about sores.

•  Ease of care. Your implants can be brushed and flossed just like your real teeth.

•  The posts function just like your natural tooth roots. They restore the stimulation to your jaw, with aids in stopping, and preventing, bone loss in your jaw.

Are There Any Disadvantages?

While there are so many incredible benefits associated with dental implants, there are also a few drawbacks that need to be considered.

•  Implants require surgery.

•  With surgery, there is a recovery period. This can take several weeks to several months to complete.

•  Implants can be expensive. Insurance may only cover a portion of the cost. Some providers may not provide any coverage. You will need to check with your specific provider.

•  If you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw, a graft may need to be performed. This can add to the cost of your procedure.

If you have suffered tooth loss, dental implants can be an ideal solution for replacing them. Call Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry at 503-654-8283 today to schedule your exam and find out if dental implants are right for you.
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