Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a safe, effective, and cost-efficient way to replace missing teeth. If you have lost one or more teeth due to an accident or to the effects of dental decay or disease, dental implants in Aloha may be the right option for you.

After consulting with Aloha Oregon dentist Dr. Bronitsky, you may choose to select dental implants if you frequently hide your smile because of missing teeth, wear ill-fitting dentures, or want to protect the health of your remaining teeth.

Many of our patients at Bronitsky Family Dentistry have selected dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are metal posts that are placed directly into the upper or lower jawbone. They are designed to replace the roots of a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants ranks as one of the most commonly performed dental restorations in the U.S., with over 5 million placed annually.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

f you're missing one or more teeth, then dental implants could be the answer you're looking for to restore your smile back to health. Single tooth dental implants are some of the most common types Dr. Bronitsky places, and they make a great choice for patients who:

  • Dislike the appearance of their smile due to a missing tooth
  • Have trouble chewing due to a missing molar or incisor
  • Have had the way they speak change due to missing a tooth
  • Want to protect the long-term health of their teeth

Not only can a missing tooth significantly impact the confidence in your smile, it can also contribute to further damage to your other teeth. When the space created by a missing tooth is left untreated, the teeth next door to the gap can begin to shift and move into the vacated area. This can cause a once straight smile to become crooked, and can lead to jaw and bite problems should teeth become misaligned.

Additionally, a gap in your smile can contribute to the loss of the underlying bone structure that holds your remaining teeth into position. If your jaw loses too much of its structure, you can lose other teeth. Missing teeth can also cause your face to sag, making you look older than your age.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Most patients are able to have dental implants. For dental implants, enjoying quality health is far more important than the age of the patient.

Unfortunately, dental implants may not make an adequate solution to the needs of every patient. Patients should be in good health and may need to receive approval from their general physician before scheduling implant surgery. If they don't have enough remaining bone structure to support an implant, bone can sometimes be built back up with bone graft surgery.

If Dr. Bronitsky recommends the placement of a dental implant, it's vital to the long-term success of the implant that patients practice quality oral hygiene at home. Patients must take the time to properly brush and clean the area surrounding an implant to ensure its continued success. Failure to practice quality oral hygiene can lead to the development of gum disease, which could weaken the support structures needed to keep the implant healthy and functioning.