Dental Implants Specialist

PDX Smile Design

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Portland, OR

Are you looking to replace missing teeth? At PDX Smile Design in Portland, Oregon, Olga Dontsova, DDS, and Victor Khlevnoy, DDS, perform oral surgery for dental implants, the premier tooth replacement option. Implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone and provide excellent support for prosthetic teeth. To see if implants are right for you, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. With implants, prosthetic teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, are more secure and won’t slip or slide around inside your mouth. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or an entire set of top or bottom teeth.

Since implants naturally fuse to your jawbone, you need a strong jawbone to support them. Without sufficient jawbone, implants aren’t a feasible dental restoration option.

How does the procedure for dental implants work?

Your PDX Smile Design dentist will place you under anesthesia prior to oral surgery for implants. Then, using a special dental drill, your dentist inserts the titanium post-implant directly into your jawbone. You’ll have a temporary prosthetic attached to the implant so you leave your first visit with an enhanced smile.

After the procedure, your jawbone needs ample time to heal. During this process, which is called “osseointegration,” the implant naturally fuses to your jawbone. This will take at least a few months.

Once your jawbone has healed, you’ll return for a follow-up visit. At this visit, your dentist will attach your permanent prosthetic to your implant.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Gaps in your teeth are unhealthy. When there’s an empty space in your smile, neighboring teeth tend to shift over into those empty spaces, causing them to grow crooked.

Once your teeth become crooked, they become much harder to keep clean. Pockets can form where bacteria from the food you eat can accumulate and lead to inflammation. Over time, this increases your risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

Implants fill gaps in your smile and prevent harmful tooth shifting. They also improve functions that are affected by missing teeth, including chewing, speaking, and digestion.

How long do dental implants last?

As long as you take excellent care of your implants, there’s no reason they can’t last you a lifetime. That means continuing to practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss twice a day and maintain your regular dental exams and professional cleanings at PDX Smile Design.

If you’d like to learn more about implants, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.