Dental Implant Precedures
Dental emergencies happen. At EMERGENCY DENTIST OF PORTLAND, we specialize in cosmetic restorations, including single tooth or multiple teeth replacements.
Single Unit Dental Implants
Through their various parts, modern dental implants replicate actual teeth. Single unit dental implants are comprised of three parts: the titanium screw placed into the jaw of the patient; the implant abutment placed into the titanium implant; and, the implant crown, the visible porcelain tooth replica placed on top of the implant abutment.
While the entire process normally takes anywhere between three to six months, the procedure produces a lifetime of results. During this time, the patient must be particularly careful when eating, speaking, and maintaining dental hygiene. The long-term success of an implant in a healthy patient can turn this treatment into a lifetime investment into their oral health.
During the first step of the procedure, we take x-rays of the affected area. Next, the implant is installed and a temporary tooth is provided to the patients to allow for normal functions. Finally, when the implant has had adequate time to integrate with the jaw bone and heal, a ceramic porcelain crown is installed for an aesthetic, natural-looking restoration.
Who are Eligible Candidates for Dental Implants?
Patients with isolated cases of tooth loss, such as patients suffering from dental avulsion caused by trauma to the face, failed root canals, or gum disease, are excellent candidates for single-unit dental implants. To be eligible for the procedure, a patient is required to have an adequate bone density in the jaw region.
Individuals suffering from severe cases of advanced periodontal disease are ineligible for the procedure. Furthermore, smokers are also exempt from receiving implants. However, patients differ from case to case, so be sure to contact your dentist to schedule a consultation to find out whether restorative implants are right for you.
When are Multi-Unit Implants Recommended?
Whether caused by accidental trauma or serious dental disease, multiple tooth losses can occur to any patient. While a single dental implant provides sufficient coverage for only one tooth, placing individual implants for multiple missing teeth can be costly and inefficient. In instances where patients are missing more than two teeth, our Beaverton implant dentists can secure large-scale restorations to strategically placed implants. With this hybrid treatment, our patients can expect the following benefits:
Preserved Bone Structure: Without the stimulation of teeth roots, the jaw bone begins to weaken, increasing the risk of additional tooth loss and making the routine dental function more difficult. From an aesthetic perspective, bone resorption can create the appearance of premature aging or facial sagging. With implant-supported dentures and bridges, patients are able to maintain the look and strength of their jawline.
Improved Bite: Even with strong adhesive and the perfect fit, dentures have a tendency to slip and slide at the most inopportune time, making routine dental function difficult and uncomfortable. With implant-secured restorations, patients enjoy better stability and are able to bite, chew, swallow, and speak as if they had their organic teeth.
Better Hygiene: While daily soaking can help reduce the build-up of debris on dentures, these removable appliances can still trap bacteria, leaving your smile susceptible to future health problems. When combined with a poor fit, patients wearing dentures are at risk of developing painful sores and periodontal disease. As dental implants are designed to behave like your natural teeth, caring for implant-supported restorations is a simple process.
Versatility: Dental implants can be used to secure existing dentures as well as support new, implant-adapted restorations. For patients interested in stabilizing existing prostheses, doctors work closely with a trusted dental lab to ensure your new implant-supported restoration matches your smile needs.