If you have missing or damaged teeth, we encourage you to visit our office in Camas, WA, and consider dental implants. Dental implants are an ideal solution for replacing teeth because of their close resemblance to natural teeth. More traditional options, such as bridges and dentures, focus on restoring the appearance of your smile; however, they do not address the functional issues that often accompany tooth damage and loss. In contrast, implants are uniquely designed to replace a tooth from root to crown, allowing them to provide you with similar function to a natural tooth. This complete restoration also helps patients avoid bone loss and dental shifting.
The doctors at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are members of the American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD), a society reserved for experts in high-quality patient care and implant surgeries. Our practice philosophy is to put patients at the center of everything we do and ensure they receive the best experience possible at our Camas, WA, office. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to learn more.
What are dental implants?
There are three main components that allow dental implants to look and function like natural teeth:
- The medical-grade titanium screw is the base that replaces the tooth root. This post is placed first and given time to fuse with the jaw bone so as to create a supportive foundation for your new tooth/teeth.
- The connector piece, the abutment, can either be placed with the post or after the jaw bone integration has occurred. It attaches the titanium screw to the replacement tooth/teeth.
- The final piece of the restoration is the crown(s), which will be custom-designed to resemble your natural teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
As a potentially permanent and life-changing restoration, dental implants offer several advantages over other replacement methods:
- They help patients bone loss by replacing a tooth down to the root.
- They prevent dental shifting.
- They can last a lifetime.
- They’re easy to care for.
- They look and function just like natural teeth.
Am I candidate for dental implants?
Patients with missing or damaged teeth who are healthy enough to undergo an outpatient dental surgery are often great candidates for dental implants. In most cases, patients need to have enough bone left in their jaw to support implant placement, but we also offer several bone grafting surgeries for those who have suffered bone atrophy. When you visit our Camas, WA, office for your consultation, your oral surgeon will examine your mouth and jaws and determine which course of treatment is best for your tooth restoration needs.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The key to successful implant placement is ensuring that each patient receives personalized and compassionate care. The first step of your treatment will be the consultation appointment, during which your oral surgeon will review your medical history, examine your condition, discuss your options for anesthesia, and answer any questions you may have. It’s important to us that you are at the center of your treatment team and always understand what to expect.
An important step during your consultation will be the 3D scans. These detailed images help us get the most accurate look at your condition, plan a comprehensive treatment plan, and reduce the risk of unforeseen complications arising during your procedure. 3D images help us keep you safe while also remaining efficient. If you have any questions about this process, we’d be happy to talk you through it.
After your consultation, when you feel comfortable with every aspect of your treatment, we can schedule your surgical appointment. During this visit, your oral surgeon will place your implant screw into the empty tooth socket. In some cases, the abutment and/or replacement tooth will already be attached to the screw; however, these are more commonly placed at a later date. When the screw is in position and your anesthesia has worn off, you can return home.
Over the next several weeks to months, your surgical site will heal, and your screw will integrate with your jaw bone. If your replacement tooth was not placed during your surgical appointment, you will visit your dentist when the integration is complete, and he or she will attach the custom-designed crown. Many patients also discuss a temporary crown with their dentist to wear during the initial healing period.
Where can I get dental implants in Camas, WA?
The team at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients, and our doctors are experts in dental implant placement. Our Camas, WA, office is state of the art, and we use the most advanced and reliable tools to ensure you receive optimal results. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.