Dr. Jim Durnin may recommend implant dentistry if you have lost a tooth. Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth with a long-term solution which will promote both your smile and your oral health. With a dental implant, you can enjoy a result which looks, feels and functions exactly like your original tooth. Call Hidden Springs Family Dentistry today at 503-699-5900 to schedule a consultation with our dentist and find out if dental implants in West Linn, Oregon, are right for you.
Dental implants are a permanent restoration option that most closely replicates the original structure of a healthy tooth. The implant is made of three main parts: the implant itself (also called the post), the abutment and the restoration.
- The implant, or post, is surgically placed in the jaw where the missing tooth root was. This serves as the base of the restoration and, with proper care, can last a lifetime. Unlike other restorative options, this part of the dental implant stimulates the jaw, helping to prevent bone loss.
- The abutment is the connective portion of the implant. It can often be placed at the same time as the post. It connects the restoration to the implant and helps seal the gums around the post, helping prevent infection.
- The restoration is the part of the implant that simulates the chewing surface of the tooth and can be a crown, bridge or implant-supported denture. For replacing multiple teeth, you often do not need a separate implant post for every tooth, since restorations can be made to span between just a couple of implants.
Dental implants are amazing restoration options, and our dentist and team are eager to help you get the smile you deserve. Contact us to learn more!