Dental Implants

Tualatin Cosmetic Dentist Candace L. Peterson Can Improve Your Smile With The Latest Cosmetic Dental Technology

Thanks to advancements in cosmetic dental technology, the preferred method of tooth replacement is through the use of dental implants. Dental implants replace missing tooth roots and form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. A major benefit of implants is that they preserve the remaining bone by providing the stimulation that had previously been provided by your natural tooth roots. 

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small metal posts or frames that are surgically placed beneath your gums. After placement, the implants fuse with your jaw bone, and act as artificial tooth roots. Replacement teeth can be singular or grouped together on a bridge that is then mounted on the implant. Dental implants are durable, stable and will last you many years if properly cared for. However, on occasion they will need to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

Reasons For Dental Implants

Dental implants will enhance the look of your smile, but they also play a vital role in maintaining good oral health. Here are some of the reasons to consider dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile
  • Restore normal chewing, speech and digestion
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable

What Does Getting Dental Implants Involve?

The process of getting dental implants requires a series of visits over several months so that the Oral Surgeon or Periodondist can determine the best treatment plan for your specific case. X-rays and impressions will need to be taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue and spacing available for the implant.

While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone, allowed to heal, and integrate itself into the bone for 3 to 4 months. Depending on the type of implant you will receive, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in proper position. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After the implant has fused with the bone, you will need to return to our office and a new impression will be made of the implant. This allows the dental laboratory to be able to fabricate the crown that will be attached. Your next appointment will be about 3 weeks later, and this is when we will attach the permanent crown to the implant.

You will receive specific care instructions when your treatment is completed so that your implants will remain strong and beautiful. Good oral hygiene, eating habits and regular dental visits are important in extending the life of your new implants.

See Us For a Dental Implant Consultation

If you have been considering dental implants and would like to know more, please contact us at our office. We are conveniently located in Tualatin, OR and proudly serve the surrounding areas of Tigard, Lake Oswego and all of Southwest Portland. One of our team members will work with you to find a time that works best to come see us.

We look forward to seeing you and showing you how you can have an amazing smile!