Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Gresham, OR, is known regionally and nationally for excellence in dental implant treatment. Dental implants are revolutionizing the way missing teeth can be replaced, allowing you to restore your mouth back to its original function and appearance. Drs. Rehrer and Lieblick offer a wide range of treatment options, from single implant placements to full-arch restorations. The team at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is ready to find a solution that works best for you.
Ask us about the American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD)!
The American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD) is a non-profit organization focused on identifying expert implant and reconstructive dentist/surgeon teams in certain geographical areas. Due to our dedication to continued education, training, treatment planning, and case completion, Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons has been granted qualified surgeon status and is now a surgeon member of the ASIRD. Ask one of our staff members about this important qualification to learn more!
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small medical-grade titanium post that is surgically inserted directly into the jaw bone and acts as a new tooth root to support a single new tooth or as an anchor to support multiple new teeth.
Almost all dental implants come with three parts:
- The implant screw itself, which integrates or permanently fuses to the surrounding bone in the jaw
- The custom crown, which fits in your mouth like a natural tooth and connects to the top of the dental implants
- The abutment, a smaller post that is attached to the top of the implant and acts as a stable anchor and connector between the implant and the crown
They can be used to restore a single missing tooth or can be used as an anchor for dentures or fixed bridges, acting as a stabilizer for the prosthesis.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- A long-term solution for tooth replacement
While more traditional options, such as tooth-supported dental bridges, have a seven-year life on average, a dental implant can last a lifetime if properly placed and cared for. While the implant restoration may need periodic adjustments, patients with dental implants can expect a high long-term success rate for their new teeth. Over 40 years of studies have shown them to be the most successful tooth replacements available.
- Protects healthy teeth and bone
With dental implants, there is no need to grind down healthy teeth to carry the burden of a bridge. Implants also keep adjacent teeth from shifting, a common occurrence when a tooth is missing for an extended period of time. Additionally, dental implants help to prevent jaw bone deterioration that commonly occurs when teeth are lost.
- Most similar prosthesis to healthy, natural teeth
An implant fits into your mouth similar to a natural tooth. In fact, many patients forget that one of their teeth isn’t a natural tooth. Unlike other restorative solutions that merely substitute for missing teeth, dental implants are true tooth replacements, allowing you to function as though your tooth was never missing.
- Easier speaking, eating, and maintenance
Because dental implants are the most similar to your natural teeth, you can enjoy chewing and biting into your favorite foods while maintaining the health of your surrounding teeth. You can brush, floss, and care for them just like the rest of the teeth in your mouth! Denture wearers can function without worrying that the denture may slip or fall out. This also makes it easier to speak clearly, and you’ll regain the confidence in your smile that you once had.
- Retain natural facial aesthetics
You may worry that removable dentures or tooth-supported replacement teeth may fall out or loosen during your day-to-day activities. This is no longer a problem with dental implants. Dental implant patients can smile confidently, knowing that their prosthetic teeth look and function like their healthy natural teeth would have. Dental implant patients can also prevent the sunken or sagging appearance that the face can take on when teeth are missing and bone loss occurs.
- A long-term solution for tooth replacement
Have you been told that you have a failing tooth? Do you have multiple missing teeth or need to replace all of your teeth in Gresham, OR?
Unfortunately, a failing tooth is fairly common, and sometimes tooth loss is something that busy people can let go untreated. Although this isn’t ideal, we understand that it’s just the reality for some people. The good news is that the surgical team at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Gresham, OR can provide you with a new one!
Replacing missing teeth, particularly a full arch of missing teeth, can seem daunting at first, but after your consultation, you’ll see how easy it really is. If you think you may be in need of a dental implant, please contact one of our offices to schedule a complimentary consultation. We will perform a thorough oral examination and may also provide radiographs, 3D scanning, or CT scanning to create an effective treatment plan for implant placement.
We will also discuss factors that may make placement difficult, including uncontrolled and/or extensive existing medical conditions, bone resorption, or an underdeveloped jaw. We’re here to help you understand all of your options and give you all of the information necessary to help you make the best decision to restore your oral health.
What happens during dental implant placement?
In many cases, patients have already lost the tooth that they will be replacing with an implant. If the tooth is failing, your oral surgeon will remove the tooth from your mouth, usually during the same procedure that the implant is placed. After an appropriate healing time, the dental implant will integrate with the jaw, creating a stable anchor for the abutment and crown. After your implant is tested, your dentist will attach the abutment and a crown, completing your new tooth.
On occasion, a bone grafting procedure will be performed before or along with implant placement to increase the height and width of the jaw. To learn more about bone grafting procedures, please click here.
Where can I get dental implants placed in Gresham, OR?
Dr. Rehrer and Dr. Lieblick are proud to serve Gresham, OR, and its surrounding cities. We provide consultations and dental implant placement procedures at all four of our offices, including Gresham, OR. If you think dental implants are the right tooth replacement choice for you, please contact our practice, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.
Contact Us in Gresham, Oregon.
Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
24850 SE Stark St.
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 665-7882