Smile Confidently with Dental Implants in Bend, OR
The loss of natural tooth is a big loss from oral health perspective. When you lose a tooth, your ability to chew food is compromised and there is more work load on the remaining teeth. If a tooth is lost because of dental infection, then there are higher chances of the infection spreading to neighboring teeth and the supporting structure. Tooth loss leads to many other oral health problems and gradually causes loss of supporting bone structure. Replacement of lost tooth becomes necessary to avoid these problems that arise from tooth loss. Dental implant is a restoration which is widely considered as the next big thing to natural tooth. It is an artificial replacement of lost natural tooth root. Dental implant surgery is performed at our dental clinic in Bend, OR. Our restorations have successfully created healthy smiles for patients from the city and surrounding communities. If you have a query regarding dental implant in Bend, OR, make an appointment and visit our office. Our dentist can inform you better on how the restoration works.
Tooth loss – How it Impacts your Oral Health?
A tooth can be lost from an injury, tooth decay or from gum disease. It is important to treat the infection first since it can cause harm to the remaining teeth and the soft gum tissues. The loss of natural tooth compromises the person’s ability to chew food. As a result, the patient is forced to chew on the other side of the mouth. Following are some of the direct impacts of tooth loss.
- Reduced chewing efficiency
- Increased wear of remaining teeth
- Higher chances of orthodontic problems because of the shift in the position of teeth nearby the gap
- Increased risk of infection because of increased food lodgment in the gap
- Loss of bone from resorption
How do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are artificial teeth roots that are made of titanium or zirconium. The artificial replacement is designed to become an integral part of the supporting bone through Osseointegration process. Osseointegration is the process of bone tissues forming a functional bond with implant. This gives the restoration higher stability. The implant protects the supporting bone from resorption and acts as an amazing foundation for the artificial tooth. The bite feels more natural with the implanted tooth. With proper care, an implant can last a lifetime.
Dental Implant Restoration Procedure
Restoring a lost tooth using dental implants takes few months. It is a step-by-step procedure. The patient should have sufficient supporting bone to hold the implant in place. The first step of dental implant process is the examination. Our dentist performs a thorough check of the oral cavity. Problems like gum disease must be treated first. X-rays are taken to gauge the length and breadth of the supporting bone structure. We also make a note of patient’s medical history. On confirmation that a dental implant surgery can be performed, our dentist sets a treatment plan explains it to the patient.
The placement of dental implant in the supporting bone requires a surgery to be performed. Our team starts off by numbing the surgical site. An incision is made in the gums and a flap is opened to access the supporting bone. A series of drills are used to create a bony recess in the jawbone. The implant is then torqued in position. The gums are sutured back and a cap is used to cover the head of the implant. The restoration is left to heal for next few months. Our dentist recommends periodic visits to check the status of the restoration and jawbone.
On completion of Osseointegration, impressions of teeth are taken and a crown gets fabricated at the lab. An abutment is fixed over the implant. We check the fit and finish of the crown before bonding it over the restoration. On completion of the treatment process, our team explains to patients how to take care of the implanted tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are dental implants?
Dental Implants are artificial tooths which are used to fix the mixing tooth/teeth. Implants are the titanium/zirconium material which will be placed inside the jaw bone. Once the implants get fused into the jaw bone successfully, an abutment will be placed over it. After placing the abutment, a dental crown which is generally called as the cap will be placed on top of the abutment which looks exactly like a natural tooth and functions too. Filling the gap of missing tooth enhances your smile and improves the aesthetics.
Who can be a good candidate for dental implants?
There is no age restriction to get dental implants. Anyone who has lost their natural tooth/teeth due to any accidents, gum disease or tooth decay can be a good candidate for dental implants.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
The success rate of dental implants depends on the individuals. If they are following proper oral habits like brushing their teeth 2 times a day, flossing once, consuming healthy foods as well as quitting smoking and alcohol increases the success rate of dental implants of an individual. If they are not following oral healthy habits, then the success rate get decreases.
Are dental implants detachable or fixed?
No. Dental implants cannot be removed. It is a fixed firmly in the jaw bone which acts as well as functions exactly as a natural tooth/teeth.
How much do dental implants cost?
A cost of dental implants is almost as equal to replacing it with regularly fixed bridges. Since so many dental insurance providers are providing insurance, maximum share of the amount will be covered by insurance and it will not be a big burden for the patient. The cost can't be fixed as it depends on the individual, region, quality of jaw bone and the patients need. Our implant dentist Dr. Jared Anderson will make assessments based on the patients needs as well as the condition of the patient.