Dental Implants IN MEDFORD, OR
Dental implants allow our patients the ability to replace missing teeth with permanent, high quality, dental prostheses. Tooth loss can result in a lot of unfortunate consequences from not being able to enjoy the food you love to not being able to speak properly. With dental implants, people now have a great solution that can beneficially impact their oral health and result in the reversal of negative oral health conditions, like bone loss. During your consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Fagundes or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implants Explained
So what are dental implants and how do they work? Dental implants are a permanent dental appliance that is surgically placed into the bone of your jaw. It is made up of three pieces (post, abutment, crown) that are placed during a series of visits to our office. The end result is a dental crown that looks and acts just like one of your real teeth.
In order to have dental implants placed it will take a few visits to our office. During the first visit we will setup a treatment plan. We will take plenty of X-rays of your mouth in order to determine if there is enough bone in your jaw to support an implant. If there isn’t enough bone, we can setup a bone graft procedure to have the bone placed. Once we have a treatment plan we can begin the procedure. The first part of the procedure involves placing the post into the jaw. An incision will be made in the gums and a hole will be made in the jaw to accommodate the post. The post will be placed into the site and the gums will be sutured shut and allowed to heal. During the healing process the bone in your jaw will fuse with the titanium post of the dental implant. Titanium is a biocompatible metal that encourages the body to grow around it. It may take several months for the bone to mend and for the implant to heal fully. Once implant has healed properly we can finalize the implant. The abutment will be screwed into the post in your jaw. The abutment offers a surface area for the crown to be permanently affixed to. Once the abutment is placed we can position the crown over it and set it on the abutment permanently using dental cement.
The crown will be crafted to look and feel just like a real tooth. Not only will it look real, it will give you the ability to eat and speak as you would with your normal teeth. The oral health benefits that dental implants offer are astonishing. When teeth are lost, the bone below them ceases to be stimulated and will often succumb to bone loss. Bone loss will often lead to further tooth loss, resulting in a devastating spiral of deteriorating oral health. Because dental implants are placed into the bone in the jaw, they provide the feedback required to help prevent, and even reverse bone loss. To schedule an appointment for a no obligation consultation, please call our office today at (541) 779-6401.
Dr. Fagundes is a fellow of the American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD). ASIRD is committed to improving the quality of care for dental implant patients by elevating the standards of surgical and restorative dental education and practice. Not every dentist routinely restores and maintains dental implants and not all placers of dental implants are surgeons. By using an ASIRD team, rest assured that your dentist routinely restores and maintains dental implants and only a trained dental implant focused oral surgeon will place your implant.
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