Dental Implant FAQ
Dentist Portland, OR

Rendering of jaw with dental implant. Dental implants are a restorative dentistry procedure that serves as artificial tooth roots surgically inserted into the jawbone to support a bridge or replacement tooth (a dental crown). Resembling natural teeth closely, dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth, without affecting the surrounding teeth. Bridges require the support of adjacent teeth; dental implants do not.

We encourage you to visit us at Sylvan Heights Dental for comprehensive information on dental implants.

Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Why Should I Consider Dental Implants?

Dental implants are optimal for tooth loss scenarios, aiming to restore both functionality and aesthetics. While dentures are cost-effective, they can be cumbersome and can slide around in the mouth. Dental bridges have to rely on adjacent teeth for support and are not a permanent fixture in the mouth. In contrast, dental implants are anchored in the bone, preserving adjacent teeth, and providing permanent support.

What is the Procedure for Getting Dental Implants?

Dental implant procedures can involve various specialists, including oral surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists, with the potential involvement of ENT specialists as well. Following a thorough dental exam and treatment plan, anesthesia is administered for pain control. The multi-step process may span several months, including extraction, jawbone preparation, implant placement, healing, abutment installation, and prosthetic tooth placement.

What Can I Expect After Dental Implant Surgery?

After dental implant surgery, you may have mild discomfort, bleeding, soreness, and gum swelling. These can be managed with prescribed antibiotics and pain relievers. Soft food is recommended during recovery. We will give you detailed information after your dental implant surgery, and schedule follow-up appointments to ensure your implants are healing properly.

Will My Dental Implants Look Natural?

Concerned about the equivalence of dental implants to natural teeth? The integration of the abutment and crown with the implant yields an almost indistinguishable replica of a natural tooth. Crafted from porcelain, the dental crown is custom-made to blend in with your existing teeth, guaranteeing a natural aesthetic. The dental crown is the only visible part of the three-piece dental implant. The implant post in your jawbone, and the connector, are not able to be seen, as the dental crown covers them to create your brand new tooth.

Are Dental Implants High-Maintenance?

Unlike dentures, which require soaking and special cleaning routines, dental implants only require minimal upkeep. Routine oral hygiene practices like brushing twice daily and flossing should suffice. Beyond cosmetic enhancement, dental implants address both functional and health concerns associated with missing teeth.

Will My Dental Implant Be as Strong as My Natural Teeth?

Ideally, our dentist will swiftly replace a lost tooth through a brief surgical procedure, seamlessly integrating dental implants to resemble real teeth in appearance. The pivotal component of a dental implant is the titanium fixture, ensuring permanent stability akin to a natural tooth. The crucial phase of osseointegration, the fusing of the implant post into the jawbone, solidifies the dental implant, providing long-term durability, often lasting a lifetime.

What if I Am Not a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Most healthy individuals are candidates for dental implants. If you have any medical conditions that would prevent you from having surgery, then you may need to talk with your doctor about alternatives.

If you have receding gums, gum disease, a weakened jawbone, or not enough jawbone structure to support dental implants, then we may recommend some procedures before your dental implant surgery. Treatments such as periodontal maintenance and care can help heal your gums so you can receive dental implants. For strengthening and building up the jawbone, we may perform a bone graft, sinus lift, or ridge augmentation procedure first.

If you are not immediately a candidate for dental implants, it does not mean you won't qualify in the future.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants offer numerous benefits. The meticulous process of implantation results in seamless integration with the jawbone, mirroring the natural root structure of teeth. During healing, the jawbone envelops the titanium screw, ensuring the permanence of the dental implant through osseointegration.

Restore Tooth Function

Dental implants restore tooth function, allowing normal chewing and eating. You can once again eat your favorite foods, with no restrictions or limitations.

Enhance Your Appearance

By having a full set of teeth once again, dental implants boost your self-confidence and allow you to smile again without any insecurities.

Permanent Tooth Replacement

Unlike dentures, which are removable, can become loose and slip around, dental implants remain secure in the mouth. Dental implants have a high success rate, between 95 to 98 percent, and can last up to 25 years.

Improved Speech and Pronunciation

Dentures can be big and bulky and make speaking a challenge. Having any missing teeth can cause pronouncing or saying certain words more difficult than it should be. Dental implants provide you with a full set of teeth once again, so you don't need to worry about uncomfortable dentures or gaps in your teeth.

Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss

When a tooth is lost, the jawbone immediately begins to deteriorate because there is nothing there to support it. In as little as one year of missing even a single tooth, the jawbone will begin to shrink by 25%. Increase the number of missing teeth and the timeframe, and jawbone loss increases substantially.

While dentures and bridges can help replace missing teeth, they do not address the issue of bone loss. You need something to permanently support your jawbone, as your missing teeth once did. Because dental implants are surgically embedded into the jawbone during dental implantation surgery, they will provide the support needed to your jawbone and protect it from shrinking and weakening.

Dental Implants at Sylvan Heights Dental

For a comprehensive consultation on tooth replacement and dental implant solutions, contact Sylvan Heights Dental to schedule a time to come in and meet our team. You can schedule an appointment by contacting us at (503) 297-1471. We look forward to working with you and being a part of your dental implant journey.
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