Dental Implants and Dentures

Dental Implants and Dentures

Dental Implants In SW Portland, OR

Dr. Teasdale and his team at Advanced Dental Arts NW work closely with trusted, highly qualified, local periodontists and surgeons who have consistently demonstrated great skill in placing dental implants.

Essentially artificial roots, dental implants not only support single teeth, bridges, or removable partial or full dentures, but also help maintain bone height. This is important because, years down the line, bone without a tooth root or implant support system may start to shrink, opening unsightly gaps between teeth and gums and causing lisping and food impaction.

Dental implants fuse with bone and, when restored, provide rock solid support. They are impervious to decay, periodontal disease, and hypersensitivity, lasting for decades. The cost of dental implants may vary, and Dr. Teasdale can assist you in picking the best option for you.

Once the implants are placed, Dr. Teasdale finishes the process by completing the functional and esthetic restorations required for a natural-looking smile. When a crown is placed on an implant, most people can’t even tell it is an implant because it is so natural looking.

While dentures and removable partials are usually loose and unstable, implants provide you with dental replacements that are natural looking and very functional. Implants look and feel better than their removable counterparts and offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed. Best of all, they will last a lifetime if properly maintained.  So if you are for the best option contact us, you choice for Dentist in SW Portland OR, for best in dentures and dental implants in Portland!

Implant Immediate Placement Procedure

Dentures In SW Portland, OR

There is nothing really like your natural teeth, properly aligned and in excellent repair, to enable you to look, feel, and function to your very most vibrant best.

But what if, through circumstance, time, and attrition, your teeth are no longer realistic to maintain? Are there ways to replace missing teeth that are long-term, comfortable, and functional, and that look and feel natural?

Well, yes, there are several. The old solution of removable dentures has been around for nearly three hundred years, in their essence. Dentures can restore the bite adequately, but because they have limited mechanical retention, they tend to dislodge readily, and can lead to sores on the gums and to embarrassing social situations. In addition, the bulk of plastics tend to compromise speech, as well as the sensations of temperature and taste. But still and all, dentures were a vast improvement over no teeth at all, and remain a realistic option for many people.

When implants were developed, they were adapted to be able to anchor dentures, with the result that removable dentures could now be made with less plastic, less coverage of the gums, and greater retention. This made for a far more stable bite, and far fewer moments of embarrassment and discomfort for the wearer. There were few things that could go wrong, and the dentures required only minimal maintenance.

The latest development involves an implant-retained bridge, one that is literally locked into place, with only plastic or porcelain gums that are necessary for esthetics and speech restoration. You can think of it as “teeth only”, that extend around the upper or lower jaw, and which cannot be removed by the patient. They are the most comfortable and effective way to restore a full arch of missing teeth, while preserving the remaining bone muscle functions.

In essence, there are four to six implants placed per arch, and a bridge is placed the same appointment, so the patient is never without teeth. This temporary bridge remains in place, usable but not removable, for many months, until the implants have completely fused with the bone. At that point, the final restoration is done, which may involve two to four appointments (but no numbing!). At the end of the sequence, the patient has their new teeth, rock solid, and ready to speak with, chew with, and socialize with, and all with the utmost of comfort and confidence.

And although the patient cannot remove the teeth (a major convenience for the patient), we can. So at cleaning appointments (yes, they do need periodic cleanings, just like real teeth), we remove the bridge from the implants, evaluate the tissue health, make adjustments as necessary, and then re-adhere the teeth to the implants. No pain, no shots, and the actual cleaning is done outside of the mouth.

And, if repairs are necessary, we send the bridge into the lab, and replace it with the original, immediate denture for the day or two that we may need to make the existing bridge “good as new”. So there should be no point after the placement of the implants that you are without teeth.

And what a comforting thought THAT is!

 

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