An attractive smile can help you approach life with confidence and see yourself in a different light. Accomplished dentist Dr. Joshua R. Opperman makes dental implants for men and women of all ages. Located in Portland, Oregon, Joshua R. Opperman, DMD Family Dentistry's exceptional team can replace severely damaged or missing teeth so you can enjoy your best smile. If you're ready to learn more, book an appointment online or call for a consultation today.
Many adults think dental implants are the next best thing to having natural teeth, and they might be right. When you lose your teeth as a result of a traumatic injury, decay, or an illness, it can hurt your self-esteem. Strong, durable, and aesthetically attractive, dental implants help restore the simple confidence that comes with having natural teeth.
A dental implant is a metal post, often made out of titanium, that a dentist surgically implants into your upper or lower jawbone. This is essentially the root of a new tooth. It's similar in shape to an everyday screw. Once the post has been installed and your mouth has fully healed, a process that generally takes a few months, Dr. Opperman will mount a custom-made crown (replacement tooth) onto the metal post. Because the implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide firm support for artificial teeth and don't shift around the mouth like some removable dentures.
These metal posts also help bridges, dentures, and crowns stay firmly fastened to your jaw.
In addition to feeling, functioning, and looking like natural teeth, dental implants offer the following advantages:
Whether you're missing one tooth or multiple teeth, you may be an excellent dental implant candidate. Your jaw needs to be finished growing, and your gums must be healthy. Dental implants are not appropriate for kids, as their mouths have not finished growing. However, implants are an exceptional solution for adults.
You may also be a good candidate for implants if you're fed up with uncomfortable dentures, or it's time to replace a bridge or partial dentures. Men or women wanting a permanent, lifelong solution to ongoing dental work may be exceptional dental implant candidates. Get all your questions about dental implants answered during a consultation with Dr. Opperman. Implant treatment might be right for you.
Ready to take the first step toward a more comfortable, confident smile? Call Joshua R. Opperman, DMD Family Dentistry or schedule an appointment online.