Dental Implants

Dental implants offer patients the next best option to the real thing when needing to replace a missing tooth. Strong, stable, and natural-looking in appearance, dental implants work to restore a lost tooth so that it functions, feels, and fits just like normal. When compared to other options, such as bridges or dentures, dental implants are the clear choice as they don’t interfere with your ability to eat, speak, smile, laugh, or to perform other daily activities.

Our SW Portland dental implants can help you enjoy life without worrying about the state of your smile. With the advanced dental implant technology we use at Burlingame Dental Arts, you’ll no longer feel compelled to stay home or feel self-conscious while out in public worrying that your smile looks different, or concerned that missing teeth will hinder your ability to have fun. You certainly won’t have the worries that come with removable dentures or dental bridges becoming loose or even falling out when you talk, laugh, or eat.

What are the Advantages of Having Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an advanced method of restoring your teeth and offer several advantages to patients, including 

  • They help restore your natural smile and redeem your confidence.
  • They stay in place and do not slip out of position while chewing or talking.
  • They last for a long time, especially when cared for properly.
  • They are comfortable, as they truly take the role of your natural teeth. 
  • They fulfill a single tooth requirement, so there is no need of reducing other teeth for a tooth-supported bridge.
  • They do not require any adhesives to keep them in place, as do dentures.
  • They are permanently fixed, unlike dentures. 

Who is an Ideal Candidate for a Dental Implant?

Millions of Americans suffer tooth/teeth loss due to a number of reasons including dental caries, periodontal disease, and injuries. Previously, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were dentures and bridges. Today, more advanced options such as dental implants are available. 

Anyone with a missing tooth who is healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction can be considered for a dental implant. The only requirements are healthy gums and enough bone volume to hold the implant in place. However, individuals suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiac problems need to be evaluated individually to decide whether they should get a dental implant or not. 

It is recommended for anyone with a missing tooth to get themselves evaluated for a dental implant since it provides a permanent and long-lasting solution to their problem.

Do you Utilize Advanced Implant Technology?

To ensure our patients receive the best looking fit and feel for their dental implants, our office utilizes cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). This special type of x-ray equipment allows our team to generate fully rendered 3D images of our patients’ soft tissues, teeth, bone structure, and nerve pathways all with just one highly detailed scan. Unlike traditional dental x-rays that offer only a 2D image, CBCT allows our dentists to view images in three dimensions, which not only enhances the scope of an examination but also allows us to share our findings digitally with other offices.

With the information provided by CBCT scans, our dentists can determine the exact placement of a patient’s tooth relative to the position of their roots and nerves, gain a clear understanding of critical anatomical features, and determine the best course of treatment to fix any underlying dental issue. 

Are Dental Implants Like Natural Teeth?

You will be able to use your dental implants just like you would use your natural teeth. There will be minimal discomfort and you will be free from the inconvenience of removing them or having them slip out of place while eating or talking.

Are Dental Implant Procedures Painful?

According to some patients, getting dental implants hurt less than a tooth extraction. Local anesthetics like lidocaine (also called xylocaine or lignocaine) are given during the procedure. After the surgery, your mouth might remain sore for some time, however, this can be treated with over-the-counter pain-killers like acetaminophen and aspirin.

Moreover, since these implants are permanent and act like natural teeth, it eliminates the chances of discomfort as that felt during the use of dentures.

Are There Risks Associated with Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a considerably safe and long-term solution for dental restoration. However, since this is a surgical procedure, it involves the risks associated with normal surgical procedures, such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Implant failure
  • Fracture of implant
  • Fracture of abutment
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Gingival recession
  • Peri-implantitis

What Factors Contribute To Implant Failure?

Dental implants are an extremely successful method to restore the function of your natural teeth by screwing in artificial ones in the place where your original teeth used to be. Nonetheless, once in a while, an implant will fail due to a number of reasons, such as:

  • The patient lacks healthy bones or gums to the extent that surgery cannot take place
  • The patient is a heavy smoker
  • The patient has a high alcohol consumption
  • The patient has poor oral hygiene
  • The patient has chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease
  • The patient has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy 
  • The patient has MRONJ (medication-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw)

How Can You Care for Your Implants?

Dental implants are a rather permanent solution to your dental problems and can replace teeth while reducing all the negative aspects of dentures or bridges. Dental implants are extremely durable and will last quite a few years.

Since these are implanted inside a bone and become a part of your bone (osseointegration), they must be cared for like actual teeth. Here are a few things you can do to keep your dental implants in good health:

  • Regular brushing
  • Regular flossing
  • Swishing a mouthwash, preferably an anti-bacterial mouthwash
  • Getting regular dental checkups

Which Medications Should Be Avoided After Getting Implants?

Doctors are advised not to give certain medications to patients with dental implants, as they can cause damage. These include:

  •  Bisphosphonates
  •  anti-RANKL drugs
  •  Heartburn Medication

Don’t let your smile dictate how you live your life. Take control by contacting Burlingame Dental Arts today at (503) 246-8447 to schedule a dental implant consultation.