If you are missing one or more teeth, it can impact several areas of your life, including your health, appearance and self-confidence. When you are too embarrassed to smile, it prevents the real you from shining through and can negatively impact your social and professional interactions. Dental implants are the most durable and long-lasting tooth-replacement options available and can help you restore your oral health, strong bite and self-esteem.
Experienced dentist Dr. Keith Ogawa and the staff at Contemporary Dental Health want you to love your smile. If you are missing one or more teeth and want to learn more about dental implants, please call 503-636-4069 today to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Ogawa. We proudly serve patients from Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Nearby Portland, Oregon.
On this page we discuss:
- What Are Dental Implants?
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Am I a Good Dental Implant Candidate?
- The Dental Implant Procedure
- How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
- Caring for Your Dental Implant
- How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
- Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
From root to crown, a dental implant is a total replacement for your missing tooth. Dental implants are designed to mimic the look, feel and function of a natural tooth, combining the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic dentistry with strength and performance.
Dental implants have the highest success rate of any tooth replacement solution.
While a dental implant replaces the visible part of the tooth that rests above the gum line, it also replaces the tooth root beneath the gums, implanted directly into the jaw bone. The three basic components of a dental implant typically include the following:
- Crown: The crown is the visible part of the dental implant that rests above the gum line. It is the life-like restoration that shows when you smile. A dental implant can be topped with a single crown, attachable dental bridge or attachable denture. The porcelain crowns used at Contemporary Dental Health offer both durability and color-matched, natural-looking aesthetics.
- Abutment: The abutment is the connective piece that joins the crown to the root. It is a small peg that is screwed onto the implant root and sits above the gum line.
- Root: The titanium post is placed directly into the jaw bone beneath the site of the missing tooth. By replacing the tooth all the way down to the root, dental implants are truly set apart from other tooth replacement options in terms of strength, function and durability. When tooth roots are lost, the bone in the area gradually resorbs and diminishes, often causing the appearance of a shrunken lower jaw in some patients. The presence of a tooth root, or titanium tooth root, keeps the bone healthy and stimulated.
A dental implant delivers the optimal combination of beauty, comfort and function. Contact Contemporary Dental Health today to discuss your candidacy for this versatile tooth replacement option.
Unlike other options to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants don’t just replace the crown, they also replace the tooth’s root with a durable titanium post. This makes implants remarkably strong and a perfect alternative to other methods. In addition to looking great and offering unsurpassed functionality, dental implants also ensure the strength and health of your jawbone as it supports your restoration.
Some of the many benefits of dental implants include:
- Convenience: Once placed, your dental implant doesn’t require any special treatment other than your normal daily dental hygiene routine.
- Independence: Because dental implants replace teeth down to the root, they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. This protects the rest of your teeth from unnecessary wear or damage.
- Comfort: Unlike other tooth replacement alternatives, dental implants do not shift or require messy adhesives. They look and feel just like natural teeth.
- Integration: After the placement of the dental implant, bone tissue will grow around the replacement root, firmly securing it for superior integration.
- Beauty: Implant-supported crowns, bridges and dentures can be customized to blend seamlessly with the color, shape and size of your natural teeth.
- Longevity: By simply maintaining good oral hygiene practices, implants can last for decades, even a lifetime.
Dental implants have notably high rates of success and satisfaction. You won’t need to worry about increased sensitivity or decay.
Dental implants are an ideal treatment option if you are missing one, some or all of your teeth. With proper placement, implant-supported crowns, dentures and bridges can be comfortable, functional, long-lasting and aesthetically beautiful.
There are relatively few requirements for being a good dental implant candidate. Generally speaking, to ensure successful treatment, you should:
- Have adequate bone structure in your jaw
- Be in generally good health
- Have healthy gums
There are certain circumstances in which preparatory work may need to be done before the dental implant process can begin. For example, you may need to have a bone graft to strengthen your jaw bone or undergo gum disease treatment prior to your implant procedure.
Other issues that may also impact your implant candidacy can include:
- An immature jawbone that hasn’t reached its full adult size
- Heavy smoking and refusal to quit
- Diabetes or other chronic disease
- Bruxism (sever teeth grinding)
Although the issues listed above need to be considered, they don’t necessarily negate your candidacy for tooth implants. Dr. Ogawa will examine every aspect of your candidacy and work with you to find an ideal solution.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for the dental implant procedure is to contact Dr. Ogawa. During your initial consultation at our office, Dr. Ogawa will evaluate the current state of your oral health and recommend the treatment options that best meet your dental needs.
"We are here to make people comfortable. We just don't compromise!" -Dr. Keith Ogawa
A variety of factors can affect the steps necessary to complete your dental implant process and the amount of time needed to finish treatment. While every patient and situation are unique, the dental implant procedure often follows the following process:
- Initial consultation: The dental implant process begins with a private consultation with Dr. Ogawa. During this one-on-one meeting, Dr. Ogawa will assess your oral condition, determine your candidacy and explain all of your treatment options.
- Preparatory treatments, if appropriate: There are some circumstances that require preparatory treatment prior to receiving dental implants. For example, bone grafts and gum disease treatment could delay your implant surgery anywhere from a few months to a year, depending on your situation.
- Implant placement: Once any necessary preparatory treatment is completed, or if you didn’t need any preparatory treatment, the implants can be surgically placed. The amount of time this step of the procedure takes depends on the type and number of implants being inserted, but typically, one implant placement takes about an hour.
- Osseointegration: Once the titanium post is placed, it can take about four to six months for the process of osseointegration to secure the implant into the jawbone. Osseointegration is the biological process in which bone cells attach to the titanium post, locking the implant into the bone.
- Abutment placement: Once your jawbone has successfully fused with the implant through the process of osseointegration, the device that connects the post to the crown, called an abutment, is placed. Your gums will require a few weeks to recover from this step in the process, during which time your final prosthesis can be crafted
- Crown or other prosthesis placement: Once your crown, bridge or denture is ready, Dr. Ogawa will secure it in place and you can fully enjoy your beautiful smile and strong bite. Dr. Ogawa will discuss the necessary follow-up appointments you will need to schedule to ensure everything is on track.
Dr. Ogawa is a Fellow of the Las Vegas Institute, meaning he has undergone extensive, hands-on training to provide dental implants for his patients.
By sticking to a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkups, your tooth implants can potentially last a lifetime. To ensure your crown or other prosthesis last as long as possible, avoid undo stress, like biting nails and pen caps or chewing very hard candies or ice.
One of the many great benefits of dental implants is that they don’t require any special care. Simply continue to brush twice a day, floss once a day and keep regular dental appointments like you already do. Although the implant itself and its components cannot decay, your surrounding natural tissue can. Keep your gums healthy by maintaining excellent dental hygiene.
The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient, depending on the type and number of implants needed. The type of restorative prosthesis you are getting will also affect the price of your treatment. During your initial consultation with Dr. Ogawa, he will assess your condition, explain your treatment options and fully explain the scope of work needed to complete your unique implant needs,
When you visit our office, our staff will discuss pricing and our payment and financing options.
To learn more about dental implants and if they are right for you, please contact Contemporary Dental Health today online or at 503-636-4069 to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ogawa. Our friendly office welcomes patients from throughout Oregon, including Lake Oswego, West Linn and Portland.