Missing ToothReplacementin Portland, OR
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. When an implant is placed, it gives your dentist the ability to place a crown, or denture, in the area of the missing tooth. When a dental implant is placed, it helps to preserve the jaw bone that would normally atrophy (or shrink) following the loss of a tooth.
Why would I need a dental implant?
Patients often choose implants because they dislike the appearance of a missing tooth. In some cases, the missing tooth causes discomfort. By choosing a dental implant, you are helping to prevent the surrounding teeth from needing extensive dental work. The implant also helps to stimulate the jaw bone, keeping it alive and healthy. As far as replacement options go, a dental implant is the closest that you can get to a healthy, natural tooth.
How long is the process?
Because each case is different, treatment to fit your specific needs may vary from one surgical procedure to multiple. The healing timeline also varies, but generally takes about 4-8 months. You will have the option of a temporary replacement tooth throughout the process.
How many teeth can I replace with dental implants?
Patients have the opportunity to replace one teeth, multiple teeth, or all teeth with single dental implants, implant supported bridges, and implant supported dentures. Click here to learn more about dental implant supported bridges and dentures.
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