Pacific Northwest


Dental Implants

Missing teeth can detract from your smile and your oral health. In our Portland, Lake Oswego and Bellevue offices, we use dental implants to protect your oral health and rekindle the personality in your smile. Implants are the most effective and natural-looking way to replace missing teeth.


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WHAT IS A
DENTAL IMPLANT?


A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed in your jawbone. Traditional root forms are made of titanium, but metal-free zirconia implants are also available. A connector is attached to the root form. After a healing period, during which the root form and your jawbone fuse, a custom dental crown will be attached to the connector.

Dental implants are used in the following ways:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth
  • Support a dental bridge
  • Support dentures

WHY ARE THEY SO EFFECTIVE?

Implants are biocompatible, so within a few months, your jawbone fuses to them as if they are your natural tooth roots. The bone supports and stabilizes them. What are the advantages?

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Advantages
Of Dental Implants


Your jawbone fuses to the implants, so they are more secure and stable than other forms of tooth replacement.

When dental crowns, a bridge, or dentures are secured to implants, they look like your own teeth.

They preserve jawbone and stimulate growth so the bone will stay intact to support your facial muscles and prevent sagging. Read our facial collapse page for more information on this condition and how it can be prevented or treated.

They fill the spaces where teeth were missing and prevent nearby teeth from shifting. Improper bite and TMJ problems caused by missing teeth can be avoided. Also, implants are the anchor for a dental bridge instead of your natural teeth, so there is no need to shave down the tooth on either side of the missing one to accommodate crowns for the bridge.

Your dentures will be stable, and you won’t have to worry about them slipping around or falling out. You won’t experience the irritation and discomfort caused by clipping a partial denture onto your natural teeth.

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Dental Implant
Options


At Optima Dental Spa, we are proud to offer our patients an array of dental implant options. Please note that the selection of implant dentistry services we offer varies between our different locations in Bellevue, Pearl District, and Lake Oswego. We invite you to give us a call if you have any questions about what’s provided at your chosen location.

The vast majority of dental implants used today are titanium. Titanium implants can be made from either Medical Grade IV pure titanium or Medical Grade V titanium alloy. At Optima Dental Spa, we believe that Titanium Grade 4 implants offer the best combination of durability and biocompatibility. We utilize Nobel Biocare for our titanium implants.

Zirconia dental implants are metal-free ceramic implants that offer superior biocompatibility and have superior tissue and bone integration. They are among the safest alternatives to titanium implants, which makes them a great alternative for patients who have metal allergies, and have been safely used in orthopedic surgery since the 1980s. At Optima Dental Spa, we utilize Z-Systems zirconia implants.

With same-day dental implants, you can have tooth removal, immediate implant placement, and a fixed natural-looking tooth in place in one visit! This is a great option for patients who dislike the idea of wearing a removable (temporary) restoration—whether it is a flipper to replace a single tooth or a denture to replace multiple teeth. Same-day implants also offer optimal bone preservation.

All-on-4 dental implants support a full arch of replacement teeth. They are an effective alternative for people with jawbone loss who want to stabilize their dentures without the time and expense of a bone grafting procedure. Four implants are surgically placed in your jawbone. The front implants are placed vertically, and the back implants are angled up to 45 degrees toward the back of your mouth.

All-on-6 uses the same technique as All-on-4 dental implants, but six implants are placed instead of four. The additional implants increase the stability of your dentures. We provide All-on-6 implants at the same cost as All-on-4.

Implant overdentures are also known as implant-supported dentures or implant-retained dentures. Implant dentures are firmly secured onto four or more titanium implants, or screws, that are surgically placed in your jawbone. While traditional dentures cover the entire roof of your mouth and rest on your gums, implant dentures have a horseshoe design that leaves the palate exposed and they’re stabilized by the snap-on or screw-on attachments.

Attaching dentures to implants allows for a great degree of retention—up to 20 pounds. Knowing that your dentures are always secured in place gives you the confidence to socialize, talk, sing, laugh, and eat your favorite foods again.

Snap-on dentures are made with two O-rings in the front of the denture base that snap onto dental implants. First, two dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone. After a healing period, the dentures will then be secured to them.

Your snap-on dentures will be much more stable than removable complete dentures, although not as stable as dentures secured with four or more implants. The O-rings in the denture base will need to be replaced periodically to ensure they snap securely onto the dental implants.

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High-Quality
Implant Placement


Dr. Saleh has more than 20 years of experience in dental implant placement and restoration. His advanced training in implantology has led to the following achievements:

  • Mastership – International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Diplomate – International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Diplomate – American Dental Implant Association

From planning to placement and restoration, each phase of the process is completed in our office. This saves you the time and cost of a separate appointment with an oral surgeon for dental implant surgery. Dr. Saleh uses 3D cone-beam imaging and digital planning software to ensure optimal placement of your implants. This advanced technology helps him achieve precision in several ways:

  • Determines if there is sufficient bone density to support the implants or if grafting is needed
  • Clearly reveals nerves, sinuses, or other structures so they won’t be damaged during surgery
  • Ensures a natural look at the gumline

After a healing period, our team will restore your implants with natural-looking crowns. Your implants will look and feel like your own natural teeth.

If you’re interested in the most natural-looking and longest-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth, we offer a complimentary consultation and CT scan. Call us to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

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Preventing and Correcting
Dental Implant Failure


Concerns about dental implant surgery are valid. As with other types of surgery, even when proper procedures are closely followed, the outcome of dental implant placement isn’t entirely predictable. We are not criticizing any specific dentist, but when the details are compromised, it increases the chance of experiencing problems, including dental implant failure.

If you have received implants from another dentist that have failed, our team will determine the cause of failure, expertly remove the implants, and develop a treatment plan to successfully replace them.

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Dental Implant
FAQs


If you’re missing at least one tooth, then dental implants could be right for you! To be a good candidate for the dental implant procedure, you should have good overall oral health since issues like gum disease could affect the success of the treatment. To get a definitive answer on whether or not dental implants are suitable for your smile needs, we recommend coming in for a complimentary implant consultation.

After your dental implants have been placed, it’s normal to experience slight bleeding or swelling in the area for the first 24 hours. You can use some gauze to control the bleeding and ice to minimize the swelling. If you feel any discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication. It’s also important to take the antibiotics we prescribe to you to help with the healing process. We’ll make sure you have all the specific instructions you need to ensure a smooth recovery.

Since there are so many different types of dental implants and varying factors at play (such as how many teeth you’re replacing), the cost can vary quite significantly from patient to patient. We’d be happy to give you a specific cost estimate for your dental implants after reviewing your situation in an in-person consultation. Our team works hard to offer affordable dental implants so financial barriers don’t have to stop someone from getting a healthy, beautiful smile.