Life-changing Restoration Solutions
At Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we are experts in dental implant procedures and consultations at our office in Milwaukie, OR. Dental implants are a life-changing solution for patients with missing teeth. When you have a tooth that is missing or needs to be removed, an implant can replace your tooth permanently and securely, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile as if you never lost a tooth. Whether you are missing one tooth or many, your surgeon can use them to support a single crown or a multi-tooth prosthesis. Our oral surgeons, Dr. Russell Lieblick and Dr. Brandon Rehrer, are experts at restoring teeth through dental implants.
Learn About What Dental Implants Are
American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD)
Our surgeons have been selected as members of ASIRD, which means that they meet higher standards of dental implant surgery. To gain membership, an oral surgeon or dentist must demonstrate that they have more experience placing dental implants and forming treatment plans that take a collaborative, patient-centered approach to your care. This also means that your surgeon and your dentist know how to work together as a team to give you optimal results. Contact our office to learn more about ASIRD qualifications.
Benefits of Dental Implants in Milwaukie, OR
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Permanent replacement teeth.
If cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. Regular oral hygiene practices can preserve your implants for much longer than more traditional tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures, which must be replaced after several years of wear.
Healthy bones and teeth.
They will preserve the bone beneath your gums and prevent dental shifting. Other tooth replacement options rest on top of the gums, providing no stimulation to the jaw bone, which will deteriorate and become sunken in where teeth are missing.
Improved eating function.
They allow you to eat virtually any food you like because they are so similar to regular teeth. You may need to adhere to a soft food diet during your recovery period, but once that is over, your new teeth will be as strong as—if not stronger than—your natural teeth.
A beautiful new smile.
Your dentist will custom make your new replacement teeth to look identical to healthy, natural teeth, allowing you to smile confidently without worrying about your teeth slipping or coming out of place.
Types of Dental Implants
- Single Dental Implants. A complete replacement for a single missing tooth.
- Immediate Implants. Your surgeon can place an implant post on the same day as a tooth extraction procedure, reducing the number of appointments needed to replace the missing tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridge. Dental implants are positioned to support a bridge with multiple missing teeth. This option eliminates the need to grind down healthy teeth to fit the bridge.
- DIEM® Full-Arch Restoration. Dental implant posts are inserted to support a fixed denture in the upper, lower, or both arches, giving the patient a completely restored and functional smile.
Learn About Dental Immediate Implants In Milwaukie, OR
Dental Implant Surgery Procedure
The process is a joint effort between you, your oral surgeon, and your dentist. First, you will receive a consultation appointment where you may receive 3D scans and imaging to assess your condition and prevent any surprises during your procedure. Your surgeon will be able to plan your procedure and create advanced surgical guides using these high-quality images. If you have any questions, this consultation appointment is a good opportunity to discuss your procedure with your surgeon and get your questions answered.
Your next appointment will be the placement procedure. Once you arrive, your surgeon will prepare you for the procedure and administer your agreed-upon anesthesia option. The posts will be placed directly into the bone that supports your teeth. Once the placement is complete, you will rest until your anesthesia wears off, and your designated driver will bring you home to recover.
Sometimes your replacement teeth are pre-loaded onto your implants, but in other cases patients must undergo a healing period before their permanent teeth are attached to their implants. If this is the case, you will have your crowns attached by your dentist after your surgical sites have healed. Some patients don’t want to go without teeth during the recovery period, so your dentist can make temporary teeth for you to use while you wait for your permanent crowns to be ready. Patients typically find that their new teeth are well worth the wait.
Cost and Value of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the only long term solution for missing teeth that improve your oral health by preventing jaw bone loss. They can last a lifetime with proper care, making them much more cost effective than removable dentures.
Being able to enjoy foods freely without the worry or hassle of removing artificial teeth makes them the ideal solution for natural feel and function. The cost of your dental implant will be determined by the number of implants you need, your choice of anesthesia, any additional procedures required, and your dental insurance. We will discuss all of this with you and answer any questions you might have at your initial appointment.
Types of Anesthesia
We offer several options for anesthesia to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Reviews From Our Dental Implant Patients
Rick Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, my name is Rick, and I live in Milwaukie, Oregon. I came to Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery because I had some issues with my teeth. It kind of surprised me, but they came highly recommended. I had my first one about three years ago. Dr. Wendell, who’s now retired, and I’m in the middle of one right now. They put it in about two months ago, and I’ve got to wait another two months, and I’ll be ready to go. It was pretty much seamless. It was one of the easiest procedures I ever went through. They knocked me out, I woke up, and I went home. I didn’t even have to take pain killers. I had the procedure done at 9 o’clock in the morning, and by 4 o’clock, I had no pain. It’s just that simple. If anybody asked me, I’d highly recommend them. They have offices in Gresham and Milwaukie, and I had the procedure done, one here in Gresham and one in Milwaukie, and the whole staff is great. They treat you really good and make it as good as it can be. Dr. Lieblick was pretty much straight forward, to the point, and no messing around. He told me that this was a pretty common one. The first one I had was very difficult. In fact, I’ll even show it to you. It’s right here in front, but the other one is a molar and he said it’d be a piece of cake, and it was. I couldn’t be happier."
Liz Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, my name is Liz, and I live in Vancouver. I came to see Dr. Lieblick for a dental implant. The staff here is very welcoming. From the moment you walk in, they greet you, they make you feel like you’re at home. Dr. Lieblick was great. I came in, the procedure was over before I even knew it started. Dr. Lieblick was very professional and friendly, he put my nerves at ease. The videos that were sent via text messages were very helpful. I knew what to do that evening, the evening before. I felt like I was in safe hands, and they sent me [a] beautiful bouquet of flowers. Out of five stars, I gave Dr. Lieblick five stars!"
Maira Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I'm Maira, and I'm from The Dalles, Oregon. I went in because I have six baby teeth that have never fallen out. Well, three did, so I had to get three dental implants because I didn't have adult teeth come in. Never been under or anything, never had any IVs put it in, so yeah, I was pretty nervous. I went in, they got me...I was out, and then I woke up, and I was ready to go, so I didn't have any...I wasn't hurting. It was great. So I got the bone grafting done first; I would say that was probably more...that probably hurt a little bit more, but then after six months of having it healed, I got the actual posts put in. At first, it was quite a little bit of an adjustment, but afterwards, I can't tell. It's great. Okay, Dr. Lieblick actually impressed me. I've never had a doctor call me after my surgery; it was that same day he called me. The next day, he did it again, so that's outstanding service. They're awesome; I referred a couple friends, and I'll do it again."
Andrea Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"My name is Andrea, and I'm from the Dalles, Oregon. I went to Beacon Oral Surgeons because I needed an implant done. I actually had had a tooth that I'd had a root canal done on at one point in time, and I had some problems with that, and I ended up needing an implant. I was nervous about the whole procedure. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, and any surgery is always a little scary for people. The staff at Beacon was great. Dr. Rehrer was great. They were very welcoming; they had a great sense of humor, all of them. It was really easy for me to walk in there and feel comfortable. The procedure went really well. I was actually quite amazed at how quick and simple it was and really painless, so I didn't expect that, but that was a nice surprise. I would definitely recommend Beacon. If you're concerned or nervous about the procedure, they really will put you at ease, and it's a great place to go."
Lenea Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"My name is Lenea, and I work for Dr. Dennis Macnab in The Dalles, Oregon. So, I have had such a fantastic experience with them on a professional level that my confidence was high that they would treat my family the best possible way, as well as myself. We proceeded forward with the implants—they went fantastic—and then about a year later, I was eating on an olive pit and had an emergency when a tooth fractured vertically and was nonrestorable. Dr. Lieblick’s office got me in the next day because I was traveling to San Francisco for my 25th wedding anniversary the following day. He was able to extract the tooth and place the implant immediately. It was great, and I felt great all through my trip, had no adverse side effects. I think it's a fantastic practice, and we’re lucky to have them in The Dalles."
Frequently Asked Questions
Do dental implants look natural?
Yes, implants are a natural-looking complete tooth replacement that feels and functions just like a normal tooth. The custom crown is molded, sanded, and shaped to perfectly match the shape of the tooth it is replacing.
Can you get a temporary tooth while waiting for an implant?
While your surgical site is healing your oral surgeon can provide a temporary implant to wear until your permanent replacement is ready to be attached.
Can I get a dental implant years after extraction?
The number of years between your extraction does not determine if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants. Bone loss is the preventing factor in candidacy; the health and density of the jaw bone are the most important factors when deciding if a patient is right for dental implants.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
We want all of our patients to be as comfortable as possible during all of the procedures we perform. We offer many different anesthesia and sedation options. All of these will be discussed with you during your initial appointment and confirmed before the day of your procedure.
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