Following tooth loss, it is essential that your teeth be replaced as soon as possible. Traditionally, missing teeth have been replaced using bridges or dentures. While these treatments restore many of the functions of your teeth affected by tooth loss, they still have their downsides. At ZenTech Dentistry, we offer an alternative to these traditional treatments with dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide an alternative to traditional tooth replacement options. This treatment uses titanium rods, which are surgically placed into your jawbone, to provide support for your dental restorations. Your jawbone fuses to these posts, gradually integrating them into your jaw and turning them into secure roots. Your dental restorations, made from ceramic, are then affixed on top.
Implants for All Needs
Dental implants are a unique treatment that can be used to meet several different needs.
How are Implants Placed?
Implants require surgery for placement, which is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. Small incisions are made in your gums, providing access to your jawbone. We then drill small holes into your bone, according to your treatment plan, and place the implant posts directly inside. Next, your gums are sutured closed around the posts, leaving a small portion exposed above the gumline.
Finally, temporary teeth are placed. These temporary teeth remain in place until you have fully healed. Once you have healed, and your jawbone has fused to the posts, the process for creating and placing your final restorations begins.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide several benefits.
Are There Disadvantages to Dental Implants?
While there are many benefits that are associated with dental implants, there are a few disadvantages as well. We go over the benefits and drawbacks during your initial consultation to ensure that dental implants are the right treatment for you.
With dental implants, we can restore your abilities to eat and speak while also restoring the quality of your smile and preserving the integrity of your jaw. Call ZenTech Dentistry today at (503) 765-9699 for more information and to schedule your appointment.