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Dental Implants Rebuild Grants Pass Smiles

Missing teeth are an all too common problem in the U.S. today. In fact, some estimates say that up to 120 million people are currently missing at least one tooth. If this includes you, then Premier Care Dental is happy to provide the most state-of-the-art replacement available today: dental implants. With them, we can restore any number of teeth from the root up, giving you the most natural-looking, reliable, and durable results possible. If you’re ready to get rid of the gaps in your smile, Dr. Tanner Barratt can help you do it. To learn more about implants and what they could do for you, contact us today for a consultation.

Implant Placement

Senior man with attractive smile

A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone in order to create prosthetic root and provide a sturdy base for replacement teeth. Dental implants are the only treatment that does this, and they are also the only one that can prevent and even reverse the jawbone deterioration that is common after tooth loss.

If you choose to get dental implants, the first step will be to place them into your jaw using a minor surgical procedure we can perform in-house. Thanks to local anesthesia and sedation, most patients report feeling very little discomfort both during and after the treatment. Once it is completed, you’ll be given 3-6 months to heal, during which time the implant(s) will actually bond directly to the surrounding bone through a process called osseointegration. After you have healed, you’ll return to our Grants Pass office to receive your new teeth.

Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges

Closeup of smile during exam

Dental implants can be used to successfully replace everything from a single tooth to an entire smile. If you are only missing one tooth, we’ll use what is called an implant-retained crown. It will consist of the implant post itself, a custom-made porcelain crown, and an abutment. The crown will be shaped a shaded to blend it seamlessly with the rest of your smile, and it will be connected to the implant using the abutment. After that, your implant will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. You’ll even be able to take care of it using routine brush and flossing, which can help it last for 30 years or more.

Or, if you are missing a few teeth in a row, these implant crowns can also be used to support a bridge. One implant crown will be placed on either side of the space in your smile, and these will be bonded to prosthetic teeth to close it. Compared to a traditional bridge, implant-retained bridges look more natural, are stronger, and can be expected to last longer as well.

Implant Retained Dentures

Model of implant retained denture

If you’re sick and tired of your uncomfortable, unreliable denture, dental implants may be the solution you’ve been looking for. With them, we can give you a set of teeth that is rock solid, looks great, and doesn’t require metal clasps or sticky adhesive to stay in place. More and more patients are choosing to get implant-retained dentures because they provide a multitude of benefits compared to a traditional removable prosthetic:

  • Better Fit: Because dental implants will anchor the denture directly to the jaw, you’re much less likely to experience unexpected slipping, sliding, popping, and clicking.
  • Longer Fit: Regular dentures tend to lose their fit after just a couple of years, but with implant dentures, your jaw will maintain its shape and strength over time, therefore keeping your denture’s fit more consistent.
  • Better Bite: Implant-retained dentures enable a patient to have a bite force much stronger than a traditional one, allowing them to enjoy a deliciously healthy and varied diet with relative ease.

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