Dr. Khlevnoy practices in Portland and Vancouver areas for over 25 years. The number of successful dental procedures counts thousands of cases by now. Patients are very happy with the results of Dr. Khlevnoy’s treatment. The implants serve decades and are still in good shape and full functionality. The PDX Smile Design doctors’ expertise is outstanding and they use only the highest quality materials for the best results of each treatment.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. Dental implants are the most popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth. Because they fit, feel and function like natural teeth. It’s a serious treatment that takes a lot of technology and skill.
It is beneficial to have implants placed as soon as possible after losing a tooth to prevent bone loss at the site. In fact, in some cases, dental implants can be successfully placed right after the extraction of the tooth or teeth.
Two main concerns in placing implants are the volume and condition of the bone. Sufficient bone mass is critical for successful implant placement. The bone in the upper and lower jaws loses both volume and height in areas where teeth were lost or extracted at the rate of 25% over the first year and about 1% per year thereafter.* The longer teeth remain missing, the more prominent bone loss becomes, making implant placement more challenging.
According to statistics published by both The American Academy of Implant Dentistry and The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons over 69% of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 years have at least one missing tooth due to trauma, tooth decay, or gum disease.
So, the answer to this question, in most cases, is – yes. You still can get dental implants.
If the bone mass has already been lost, there are bone grafting procedures that your dentist at PDX Smile Design can implement to create enough bone support for dental implants. Often these procedures can be performed at the same time as the implant placement itself, repairing both the bone defect and stimulating the growth of new bone.
Even people who are missing all of their teeth can benefit greatly from getting dental implants. Some techniques allow the use of as few as four implants to provide much greater support for upper and lower dentures.
You can use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. If you need to restore a full arch, you may use the all-on-four treatment. It’s when the whole arch of 4 teeth is installed at one time.
PDX Smile Design team are experts, who work together under one roof for years, with a fully equipped, onsite modern lab, modern technological equipment to build beautiful and healthy smiles in a way that works for our patients from SE Portland and the whole Portland and Vancouver area.