Dental Implants Portland Oregon
If you have one or more missing teeth and you want your real smile back the way it was, dental implants are the best way to fix your smile. Using the synergy of our advanced 3D Xray system and computer-fabricated guides, we are able to put the implants right back where your old tooth or teeth used to be. The results are usually indistinguishable from your original teeth and you can eat whatever you want with them.
If you have dentures, implants can also be a great way to keep them from moving around. It is an instant way to turn your “false teeth” into “real teeth”!
Dental Implants vs Dentures
It is not uncommon for patients with dentures to switch to dental implants. Portland patients who make the switch often report an improvement in their quality of life. This is because dental implants both look and feel like natural teeth. Patients with dentures often report difficulty chewing food and speaking clearly. This is because dentures do not have a stable foundation and simply rest on top of the gums. This can also cause them to slip around in the mouth and make embarrassing noises. Dental implants, however, do not cause these issues. In fact, they provide patients with a number of advantages. These include:
• Natural materials – Dental implants are made from titanium, which is naturally compatible with the body. Dentures, however, are made from plastic and cast metal, which can cause irritation to the gums.
• Increase stability – Whereas dentures will slip around in the mouth and cause difficulty eating or speaking, dental implants will not. They are planted firmly within the jawbone and cannot be removed without additional surgery.
• Versatility – Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth. Dentures, however, can only replace a large number of missing teeth.
• Sustainability – With dental implants, Portland patients will receive a long-term solution for tooth replacement. In fact, dental implants can last an entire lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Dentures, however, need to be replaced every five to seven years.
• Preservation of bone and tissue– Because dental implants interact so closely with the bone and soft tissue, they actually encourage growth the way a natural tooth would. Dentures do not.
In addition to functional and cosmetic issues, dentures also cause health problems. Because they do not encourage growth of bone or soft tissue, patients will experience facial deterioration. This means that your dentures will become ill fitting and signs of aging will become more obvious. With dental implants, Portland patients are getting a healthy and long term replacement option. For more information about dental implants in Portland, contact Dr. Kelly Blodgett today.
Single Missing Tooth
Patients often experience the loss of a single tooth due to accident or disease. The most common solution for this problem is typically a dental bridge. However, a dental bridge can often cause damage to remaining teeth and even result in further tooth loss. This is why most doctors will recommend dental implants. Portland patients who receive dental implants will get the most healthy and natural tooth replacements available. There are fewer risks of complication than with a dental bridge. In fact, with dental implants, Portland patients will actually see improved oral health.
A dental bridge is essentially a prosthetic tooth that is suspended in between two natural teeth. Additionally, the two natural teeth must be fitted with crowns in order to support the dental bridge. This often results in complications because it requires that a small amount of enamel be removed from the teeth. In addition to leaving the teeth vulnerable to decay, a dental bridge also puts stress on these teeth, which can eventually cause them to come loose. In fact, there is a 33% failure rate with dental bridges in the first five to seven years.
Dental implants are healthier and more successful than a dental bridge. This is because they are actually fused with the jawbone and so they do not rely on remaining teeth for support. With dental implants, Portland patients will receive a number of benefits they cannot get from a dental bridge. These include:
- Bone and gum stimulation – Because dental implants are surgically placed within the jawbone, they provide stimulation for growth and regeneration. With a dental bridge, patients will actually experience deterioration of the bone and soft tissue.
- Long term sustainability – With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last an entire lifetime. They are also resistant to decay.
- Natural function and appearance – A dental bridge can sometimes make it difficult to eat and chew food. Dental implants, however, function exactly like a natural tooth.
Dental implants are widely considered to be the best option for replacing a single missing tooth. This is because the implant is able to integrate with the jawbone in a manner that replicates the structure of a natural tooth root. Dental implants offer a more permanent, long-term solution than a dental bridge.
Multiple Missing Teeth
Most dentists now view dental implants as the standard treatment for multiple missing teeth. This is because dental implants both look and function like natural teeth while preserving the facial structure. Alternative treatments, such as dentures or fixed bridges, do not provide this convenience. In fact, they can actually lead to further complications. This is what makes dental implants so favorable. With dental implants, Portland patients can replace multiple missing teeth using two different methods:
- Individual implants – For multiple missing teeth that are not in a row, patients can receive individual implants in the spots where tooth loss has occurred. This is favorable to a dental bridge because it does not involve using healthy teeth as anchors. By replacing missing teeth with individual dental implants, Portland patients can preserve their jawbone and gum tissue without causing harm to remaining healthy teeth.
- Implant supported bridge – In cases where a patient has three or more missing teeth in a row, an implant supported bridge is usually the best option. An implant supported bridge functions similarly to a traditional bridge, except that it relies on dental implants for support. Basically, a prosthetic tooth is suspended between two dental implants as a way of closing any gaps left by missing teeth. An implant supported bridge does not allow for bone deterioration, nor does it harm remaining teeth. For these reasons, an implant supported bridge is the most favored method to replace multiple consecutive missing teeth.
While a fixed dental bridge may be the most common solution for multiple missing teeth, it is no longer the most favorable. A dental bridge can lead to further complications in the long term and inflict permanent damage on remaining teeth. In fact, fixed bridges can often lead to additional missing teeth. With dental implants, Portland patients are getting the best and most sustainable solution for missing teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dr. Kelly Blodgett is a dentist who provides patients with dental implants in Portland, OR. With dental implants, Portland residents can now receive a safe and natural tooth replacement option. In the past, patients with multiple missing teeth were forced to rely on dentures or fixed bridges. While effective, both of these treatments were found to lead to further complications down the road. They provide little stimulation to the bone and soft tissue, allowing for deterioration over time, and they can cause damage to remaining healthy teeth and often result in further tooth loss. Now, with the introduction of dental implants, Portland patients with missing multiple teeth can receive implant supported dentures.
Implant supported dentures work by attaching a set of dentures to corresponding dental implants. Portland residents can now enjoy the convenience of removable dentures with the added stability of dental implants. There are two main types of implant supported dentures to choose from:
Bar retained dentures supported by dental implants in Portland – A metal bar is created to match the curve of the patients jaw and then attached to the dental implants. A set of dentures is then secured to the bar using clips or another form of attachment.
Ball retained dentures supported by dental implants in Portland – These utilize a ball and socket method for stability. First, the dental implants are fitted with a set of ball like attachments to correspond with the sockets found on the dentures. The dentures can then be snapped in and out of place at will.
By using dental implants, Portland residents are able to restore their ability to eat and speak naturally. Problems such as tooth loss and bone deterioration are eliminated. Dental implants provide patients with a comfort and security that cannot be found with other treatments. To find out of you are candidate for implant supported dentures, contact Dr. Kelly Blodgett today and schedule your consultation.
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