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.
American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD) Approval
Our surgeons have been selected as members of the 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 the best results from treatment. To learn more about ASIRD qualifications, feel free to contact our office.
What are dental implant?
They are small, titanium posts that are used to replace the root of your missing tooth. Because the titanium creates such a solid foundation with your bone, they can support secure, natural-looking replacement teeth that are just as strong as healthy teeth. Most patients find that they feel just like a natural tooth once they have fully recovered from surgery.
There are generally three parts to dental implants:
- The crown or other prosthesis is the part of dental implants designed by your dentist to seamlessly blend in with your other natural teeth.
- The abutment permanently holds the crown in place, allowing you to eat and smile confidently without worrying about your tooth or teeth slipping or moving.
- The implant post is inserted directly into the bone beneath your gums for a secure hold. This post replaces the root of your tooth, rather than resting in top of the gums like other tooth replacements.
Your implants can be used to support a single tooth replacement, a multi-tooth bridge, or even a full fixed denture.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Patients and health professionals agree that they are the closest replacement option to a natural tooth. Patients who are healthy enough to undergo dental procedures should consider them if they are looking for a solution that offers the following benefits:
- 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 over time 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 healthy 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.
The Dental Implant 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.
Where can I get dental implants in Milwaukie, OR?
Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Milwaukie, OR, offers dental implant evaluations and treatments. All of our offices, including the one in Milwaukie, are equipped with the most advanced surgical and diagnostic tools for your comfort and safety. Feel free to contact us today to learn more about dental implants at our practice.
Contact Us in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
2001 SE Jefferson St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Phone: (503) 654-3530