Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? To restore your smile, Dr. Nathan G. Dustin may recommend dental implants in Portland, OR. A dental implant is made up of a titanium implant post and a dental restoration. The dental implant post is surgically placed in your jawbone by our dentist, where it acts as replacement tooth roots. The dental restoration, which can be a dental crown or a dental bridge, is attached to the top of the implant post. Dental implants are very durable. They can last for many years, or even a lifetime.
To place a dental implant, our dentist will first surgically place the dental implant post in the bone socket of the missing tooth. During the healing process, which can take six to twelve weeks, the jawbone will grow around the implant post. This makes the dental implant a permanent part of your smile. An abutment, a small connector post, is attached to the top of the implant post. Impressions of your teeth are made so the dental restoration can be constructed. When the restoration is complete, the fit and color are checked. After any needed adjustments are made, the dental restoration is attached to the abutment.
To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact Columbia River Dentistry today.