Dental Implants Portland OR
When you lose your teeth, several things start to happen. You immediately notice a significant change in your appearance, which can then affect your confidence. You notice that eating is more of a challenge, and speaking becomes a struggle. There are changes occurring under the gum line as well. When you lose teeth, the bone begins to resorb and grow weak. Eventually, it changes shape, which also alters the shape of your face. Dental implants are a popular modern treatment for replacing missing teeth. At Carol Klingensmith, DMD we can plan your implant treatment and place your crowns following surgery, giving you back your life.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a revolutionary treatment for tooth loss, and are unlike any other replacement option available. They consist of three components, the implant, the abutment, and the crowns. The implant is a small titanium rod that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. The abutment is a connector placed at the top of the implant. Finally, the crown replaces the visible surface of a missing tooth. Implants are a versatile treatment, and can be used to replace any number of teeth from one tooth to an entire arch.
Before you can receive dental implants, you first must undergo a thorough consultation. This consultation involves a visual exam along with digital imaging. Digital imaging is essential, as the images provided show us what your mouth looks like below the gum line. We can see the condition of remaining teeth, determine if there are any infections, and assess the health of your jawbone. The images are also used to create your customized treatment plan, which involves the optimal placement for your dental implants to provide the best results possible.
Dental implants require a surgical procedure, which is done under local anesthetic and sedation. Incisions are made in your gum tissue, exposing the bone underneath. Holes are drilled into your jawbone as outlined by your treatment plan. The titanium rods are inserted into the holes, and the gums are sutured closed. Finally, temporary crowns are placed, providing you some functions of your mouth while you heal. We do not perform the surgery, but we work with a highly experienced team who can help you to achieve excellent results.
Placing Your Crowns
Healing after implant surgery can take upwards of several months depending upon the number of implants placed. After you have healed, we can provide you with your permanent replacement crowns. First, the temporary teeth are removed and abutments placed on the implants. Next, we take impressions of your mouth. These impressions are sent to a dental lab, where your custom teeth are designed and fabricated. Once they are completed, they are sent back. We will bring you in for one final appointment during which we securely screw your crowns in place on your implants. You then leave the office with fully functional, beautiful teeth and a renewed sense of confidence.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide numerous benefits, including:
|•||Restoring the functions of your mouth, including eating and speaking.
|•||Restoring your smile, and your confidence.
|•||They are more comfortable than options such as dentures.
|•||They are easy to care for, and can be brushed and flossed like your natural teeth.
|•||They do not need to be removed. In fact, they are never removed unless they are damaged and need repairs or other professional maintenance.
|•||The implants stop bone loss in your jaw, maintaining the health and integrity of the bone. Your implants are designed to be a permanent solution to tooth loss.|
Dental implants are an excellent option for restoring the functions of your mouth, your oral health, and your appearance. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Carol Klingensmith at (503) 822-0262 today.