Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are permanently implanted in the jaw. These tiny titanium roots act as anchors for replacement teeth called crowns. At Paradigm Dental, our dentist custom-designs crowns to match the shape and color of your natural teeth.
After having implants placed, it’s essential to care for them properly. Some general tips include brushing twice daily and flossing daily. It’s also vital to visit our dentist at Paradigm Dental regularly for cleanings and exams to keep your implants healthy.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are the only restoration option that preserves your jawbone and prevents bone recession after tooth loss. An implant is a small titanium screw or cylinder surgically implanted into the jaw during a minor surgical procedure performed in the dental office under local anesthesia.
The dental implant procedure is a minimally invasive treatment, and most patients report that their recovery is smoother and easier than after other procedures such as traditional bridgework. Many of our patients also report that they experience no pain or discomfort during the placement procedure.
Once in place, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue during the healing period which may take up to several months. After the bone has connected to the implant permanently, it’s used to support one or more false teeth attached to the abutment portion of the implant. This creates a stable structure that feels very much like a natural tooth. At Paradigm Dental, our dentist will ensure the implant and crown perfectly fit your needs and your smile.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental Implants Look and Feel Natural
Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. They are composed of three parts: the implant post, the abutment, and the prosthetic crown. All three components are crafted from state-of-the-art materials to look like natural teeth.
Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss in the Jaw
When a tooth is lost, the bone that supports it begins to deteriorate since it is no longer needed. Unfortunately, this deterioration can cause several problems, including facial collapse and a hollow smile. Placing dental implant posts in the bone helps stimulate new bone growth and prevent these complications.
Dental Implants Improve Your Quality of Life
No matter if you are missing one or all of your teeth, replacing them as soon as possible is essential. Fortunately, missing teeth can be fully restored with dental implants. Dental implants can restore your appearance, maintain your jawbone structure, and prevent damage to the surrounding teeth. By replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you can regain confidence in your smile and enjoy your favorite foods again!
Routine checkups are recommended every six months to ensure your implant posts and gums are healthy. Visit Paradigm Dental at 3970 SW Mercantile Dr. Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035, or call (503) 626-7323 to learn more about dental Implants.