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Dental Implants – Bend, OR

Replace Missing Teeth & Recreate Flawless Smiles

 

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After the loss of one or more teeth, prompt replacement is necessary to protect your oral and overall health. Seeking a comprehensive solution also prevents further tooth loss. There is no better method of replacing teeth than with dental implants, which give you back your missing tooth as well as its root. Dr. Prentice partners with the best local doctors to offer complete implant dentistry for patients in Bend, OR.

 

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Dental Implant Placement

Dental implants are made of two primary parts: the titanium implant, or the part that you don’t see, and the crown that you bite and chew with. The two are connected by an abutment. The placement process consists of the surgical procedure in which each implant is strategically implanted in the gum line. Over a period of three to six months, it grows together with the jawbone to provide unsurpassed stability for the prosthetic tooth. These are the basic steps to implant restoration, but each tooth repalcement plan is unique. You can learn more on our dental implant FAQ page

Because dental implant tooth replacement is a complex and multi-phase treatment method, the overall cost of implant restoration is higher than other restoration options. Before you get started with your treatment plan, we'll review your dental insurance coverage, payment options, and ways to budget for this advanced dentistry service. 

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Dental Crowns & Bridges

When some teeth remain securely in the gum line, implant-retained crowns and bridges protect their health. Traditional crowns and bridges require the removal of otherwise healthy tooth enamel from the teeth surrounding the gap — but implant-supported crowns and bridges are a stand-alone replacement that closely mimics the natural tooth structure. A single dental crown can fill the space left by one missing tooth, and several missing teeth are replaced by an implant-retained bridge.

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Implant Dentures

Implant Dentures promote oral health and prevent the jawbone from diminishing due to lack of sufficient stimulation — something that is especially important when all the teeth have been lost. Implant-retained dentures fit better than the alternative, and offer a lasting solution. Even with proper care, non-implant retained dentures need to be replaced every six years or so. An implant-supported prosthetic can be expected to fit properly for many years after placement.

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Mini Dental Implants

As part of our committment to providing a variety dental care solutions to meet any need, we offer innovative mini dental implant supported tooth replacement options. Like the name implies, mini dental implants have the same structure as the full-size option — just on a smaller scale. About half the size of their larger counterparts, this option may be recommended when the jawbone structure is too weak to support traditional implants. They can often be placed using only local anesthesia and without the need for sutures or stitches. In many cases, patients can begin using their new teeth on the very same day.

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All-On-4

For patients who need to replace an entire arch of teeth, there’s a procedure where we can use just four dental implants to support full dentures. The posts are placed in strategic areas at specific angles so that they end up using the densest areas of the jawbone. In many cases, this can help patients who have suffered from bone loss avoid the need for bone grafts. The added stability also means you can often receive temporary dentures right away after the surgery instead of waiting months for new teeth.

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You can benefit from a comprehensive tooth replacement. Contact our Bend dentist and team to learn more about your options in implant dentistry today!