One of the biggest advances during the past 50 years of dentistry is the development and use of dental implants. Dental implants are biomedical devices that replace one or more missing natural teeth. If a permanent tooth has been lost to injury or disease, a dental implant may be an effective solution. The implant may be used to support a single artificial tooth, several teeth, or secure a full or partial denture that is removable or permanently attached.
From the surgical placement of implants to the cosmetic restoration, Sleep Dentistry of Portland can do it all. Our team in Portland, OR can provide the vast majority of oral surgery and care options without the need for additional referrals to other Portland dentists.
What Is A Dental Implant?
Implants are strong, cylindrical posts that are placed below the gums in the upper or lower jaw. They are made with metal alloys like titanium that are well tolerated by the body. Partly extending above the gums, they serve as an anchor to support one or more artificial teeth. Anchored artificial teeth provide the look, feel, and function of natural teeth.
Besides making it easier to chew, the replacement helps keep your teeth, gums, and jaws healthy, not to mention giving you more confidence when you smile!
What Is A Mini Implant?
Mini implants are more slender than regular dental implants and typically stabilize a removable denture or temporary tooth replacement.
Mini dental implants cost significantly less than regular implants because of their size, and they may work for patients without enough jaw bone to support regular implants. In limited cases, mini implants may be used to support a crown or a fixed bridge.
Although mini implants are a good option, traditional implants can be better because of their superior long-term success rate. Our dentists will help you decide what the best option is for you.
Why Use Dental Implants?
Spaces left by missing teeth affect the rest of your teeth, causing chewing and health problems. If even one tooth is missing, other teeth may slowly shift out of place, changing your bite, or how your teeth are fitting together.
A poor bite may make your jaw sore, your teeth loose, and contribute to bone loss. Shifting teeth may alter your smile and become harder to clean, contributing to tooth decay and gum disease.
Who Are Implants For?
Dental implants aren’t for everyone, but Portland candidates with proper bone density and a strong immune system can expect high success rates with the procedure.
Implant candidates must be non-smokers. Following surgery, the sensitive tissues around implants cannot under any circumstances be exposed to the tar and chemicals from any tobacco products.
- After getting your appendix out or a knee joint replaced, you wouldn’t bathe the opening in toxic tar and smoke. The same goes for dental implants; therefore, we do not offer this treatment to people who smoke.
The Benefits Of Dental Implants
If you need to replace your teeth, Sleep Dentistry of Portland can help! Dental implants are the next best thing to real teeth. Take a look at the many benefits.
- Appearance: The first features people notice are your eyes and your smile. Withholding a smile gives off a negative impression and less-than-perfect teeth are also often unfairly judged. You can change both of these with dental implants—no other tooth replacement option looks more like natural teeth. If you’ve been without teeth for a while you’ll have noticed a change in the structure of your face.
This is a result of a lack of tooth roots. A tooth root stimulates your bone encouraging healthy growth. Dental implants look natural and replace missing teeth roots restoring facial structure and getting bone healthy again for a more youthful appearance.
- Maybe a little sunken?
- A little older?
- A weaker jawline?
- Health: The list of health benefits is long. Restoring your ability to chew is not least among them. If you’ve been suffering with painful teeth or no teeth at all, you’re well aware of how limited your food selection has become. Your body needs the many beneficial nutrients found in crunchy, chewy, crisp foods. Digestion is extremely important too. Chewing your food properly helps aid in good digestion. Dental implants aren’t a procedure just done to your mouth—they’re a procedure for your whole body.
- Confidence: Laugh out loud and smile big without concern of unattractive teeth, showing a missing tooth, or a denture that slips out of place. No more passing on social engagements, selfies, and family photos. You can finally stop hiding your smile behind your hand. When you don’t have to feel embarrassed about your smile, your confidence will soar. With dental implants, you’ll be noticed and remembered for your smile in the way that you want to be.
Dental implants are permanent and remain in your mouth. Caring for them is just like caring for natural teeth. You never have to worry about them slipping or sliding out of place at an inopportune moment. No other tooth replacement option is more like real teeth than dental implants.
After a dental implant is placed and the jaw has healed, Sleep Dentistry of Portland restores your smile by attaching artificial teeth to the implant. Every step of the implant restoration process is taken care of by the doctors at Sleep Dentistry of Portland.
Artificial teeth are designed to look natural and healthy and complement your existing teeth. Once crafted by an artisan, the artificial tooth is fitted to an abutment and attached securely to the implant. When the process is complete, the natural and artificial teeth work together as a complete set.
Implant restoration gives you a new smile. Your teeth will look like a natural set as you enjoy easy chewing and lasting functionality.