It’s not just kids and old people who lose teeth. Accidents and long-time neglect can hurt a tooth so badly that tooth extracting it is the only option left. Some people didn’t get a full set of adult teeth, leaving a space behind when the baby tooth falls out naturally. But hey, it’s just a vanity thing, right? No, it’s much more than that.

A gap in your teeth can sap your confidence and self-esteem. No one wants people staring at that hole in your smile, which is exactly what people will do. Are you able to hide your smile forever? What’s worse is how a missing tooth can hurt your other teeth. Small bits of food get stuck along the gumline next to the gap, making it harder to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Even the jawbone under the gap begins to shrink with nothing there. Thankfully, Dr. Vareldzis and his team at their Medford, OR dental office can use dental implants to solve the problems.

What Are Dental Implants?

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We had a patient that had a lower denture that they couldn't function with because it was floating, and flopping, all over the place. We, basically, placed a couple of implants. That helped stabilize the lower dentures, so that they could eat without it moving around. Implants are a great way to give denture patients more stability. On the other hand, also, we've had patients that have lost a tooth, or several teeth, and they do not want to have a removable appliance. We can fabricate, and design them in such a way that they have fixed teeth in their mouth, and they can smile, and it looks natural. It gives them the confidence that their smile looks good again, and they can function well with that.

Dental implants are a permanent, strong, and safe way to replace a missing tooth. An artificial tooth is carefully made to look just like one of your natural teeth. Then, an artificial root is implanted into your jaw and the tooth is attached to it, giving your smile the same healthy appearance and power that it should have. Really, it’s like magically growing a new tooth. If you need a tooth extracted for any reason, a dental implant is a great way to replace that damaged tooth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

A dental implant procedure is fairly straightforward. First, our team will completely clean the area to get it ready. Then, Dr. Vareldzis will implant an artificial root made from titanium in your jawbone. It takes a while to heal, sometimes up to six months, but this also allows the root to completely fuse with the bone to give it the permanence and strength you need. Meanwhile, we’ll craft an artificial tooth made to fit the gap perfectly. It’s even matched to your existing teeth color, so no one will ever know it’s not a natural part of your smile! Finally, Dr. Vareldzis will bond the tooth to the root. You are done!

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

To use a regular dental implant, you need to have a good amount of bone under the gap. Otherwise, there won’t be enough for that artificial root to fuse into, leaving you with a potential big problem. If the bone underneath has deteriorated or is just naturally thin, mini dental implants can often be used instead. These feel natural just like regular implants do, but since mini implants are much smaller, they need less bone to hold them in place.

However, Dr. Vareldzis can sometimes rebuild the bone ridge where teeth are rooted using oral surgery, allowing regular implants instead. Such rebuilding can also reshape your gums back to their natural contour.

Can Dental Implants Work With Dentures?

Definitely! In fact, implants can be used to make sure your dentures stay in place in two ways. Implant-supported dentures use a bar connected to implants that anchors your dentures in place. Implant-retained dentures are very similar, but they use ball attachments instead of a bar to secure those dentures. Either way, implants can keep your dentures from moving and allow you to keep eating the foods you love.

Can Anyone Get A Dental Implant?

Most people can get dental implants with no problems. That said, you need to have enough bone in your jaw to allow the artificial root to take hold. If you don’t, mini dental implants can usually solve that problem, or you could get bone grafts with oral surgery so there’s enough bone to work with. You also need to have good dental health overall. For example, if you have gum disease, we would need to work on eliminating that before we could implant the artificial root. And since the jawbone of young people is still growing, implants generally work best with adults.

A missing tooth is embarrassing, unhealthy, and, thanks to modern dentistry, nothing you need to endure. Hillcrest Family Dentistry can use dental implants to solve this problem for good. Call us today at 541-779-4196 or 541-773-4435 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment.

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