Technological improvements in dental implants have given people who have missing teeth new hope. Today’s dental implants radically improve the way we can solve the problem of tooth loss. Dr. Chadwick Walker can advise you whether you are a candidate for dental implant treatment in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Traditionally, missing teeth could only be restored with a partial denture, a full denture or dental bridges, which literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
The problem with bridges and partials is that they depend upon the surrounding teeth and tissue for support. Dental implants eliminate these issues since implants are independent of the surrounding teeth, making them permanent and stable.
Implants can be an excellent solution to tooth loss because they look, feel and function like your natural teeth. Most dental implants are made of titanium, which is biocompatible. This quality allows titanium implants to be surgically placed into the bone and the bone will bond to the implant.
In most cases, it takes on average 6 months for the bone to heal around the implant anchor. After this healing period an artificial tooth is attached to the implant anchor.
One limiting factor with placing an implant tends to be the amount of bone available to support the implant. If needed, bone grafting may be needed in order to create a solid site within the bone for placement of the implant anchor.
Once your dental implants are in place, regular dental hygiene and home care is the same as with your natural teeth. It is important to floss and brush around implants at least twice a day. Implants, like natural teeth, can fail with poor oral hygiene.
Patients who suffer from bruxism, diabetes, and other systemic diseases may not be good candidates for implants. For more information and to learn whether you may be a candidate for dental implants please contact us for an appointment.