Strengthen Your Smile With Dental Implants in Bend, OR

Lost teeth can affect anyone. When you are missing teeth, you deserve more than just a complete smile. You deserve to restore the full function of your teeth as well. You can do that with dental implants. In Bend, OR, we use implants to:

  • Secure dentures and other restorations
  • Help patients speak naturally
  • Prevent bone loss in the jaw
  • Restore patients’ ability to eat what they want

At Drew Family Dentistry, implants do more than rebuild smiles. They can improve your quality of life, too. Call 541-668-8070 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Drew or Dr. Scott and discover how implants can help you feel like you have your real teeth once again.

Choose the Right Implant Option for Your Needs

With implants to secure your replacement teeth, you can trust that they will stay in place when you speak. You also can feel good about putting anything you would like on your plate whether you are dining out, getting together with family and friends, or dining at home. By choosing to come to our office, you have a choice of implant options:

  • Implant-Supported Crowns — For patients missing a single tooth, a crown and implant combination creates a complete tooth replacement.
  • Implant-Supported Bridges — To replace multiple teeth, implants make fixed bridges stronger and more stable.
  • Implant-Retained Dentures — These dentures are removable but remain firmly in place when they are snapped onto your implants. The number of implants needed may vary.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures — These fixed dentures are screwed into your implants to keep them from moving.
  • All-on-4® — This advanced technique involves placing fewer implants to provide maximum support. It also can spare patients from needing a bone graft.
  • Mini Dental Implants — These are smaller than standard implants, but they can be used when a patient may not have enough bone to support a full-sized implant.
  • Same-Day Smile — With many implant placements, you may need to wait months before you receive your crown, bridge, or dentures. This technique allows you to get your implant(s) and restoration on the same day.

Dr. Drew has devoted many hours to learning about implants, so he can provide the best service for each patient. He is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Revive Your Bite With a Dental Implant Procedure

Millions of Americans are living with traditional dentures and the frustrations that come with those teeth replacements. Modern dentures can look natural, but they still don’t restore the full function of your lost teeth. In fact, denture wearers only get back about 20 to 25 percent of their biting power.

That makes it hard to bite into a crisp apple or a piece of corn on the cob. It also makes it difficult to chew food like steak or chicken. Even with a denture adhesive (which may affect the flavor of food), you might not be able to eat what you really want. Implants change that by:

  • Creating a direct connection from your dentures, bridges, or crowns to your jawbone
  • Allowing you to generate more power when you bite and chew, so you can eat anything you want once again
  • Providing stimulation to your jawbone, which prevents the kind of bone loss that is common among people who have traditional dentures

To get the full benefit of your replacement teeth, we recommend dental implants in Bend, OR. Call 541-668-8070 or use our online form to request an appointment.

Common Questions About Dental Implants

How do I know when to get dental implants?

We recommend getting dental implants as soon as possible after losing teeth. If you wait too long, your nearby teeth can shift out of place, which can cause issues with the alignment of your bite. In addition, the bone in your jaw deteriorates without tooth roots to stimulate it. Over time this creates an unattractive sunken-in appearance. Implants keep your bone strong and your face full.

Can dental implants be done in one day?

Traditionally an implant is allowed to heal, a process that can take a few months, before it’s restored with a tooth replacement. Because Dr. Drew is an experienced implant dentist, it may be possible for you to receive your implants and replacement teeth in a single appointment. Dr. Drew, a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, will use equipment like digital X-rays to determine if you’re a candidate for a same-day placement and restoration.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants are made of titanium, a highly biocompatible material that is used for many medical applications. To ensure a safe and successful implant placement, Dr. Drew will determine whether you have healthy gums and adequate bone density. If not, you may need to be treated for gum disease and/or receive a bone graft or similar procedure before getting implants.

Do dental implants hurt?

Our patients usually experience only mild discomfort after getting their new implants. We will use local anesthesia to ensure your mouth is numb and you don’t feel any pain. Plus, we offer sedation to help you relax and eliminate any dental anxiety you may experience.

Can dental implants be removed?

Technically, dental implants can be removed, although it is unlikely you would ever need to have that done. Once your implants have been placed in your jawbone, they completely bond with it and can last for decades, if not the rest of your life. Your replacement teeth that are anchored to your implants have an average life span of five to 10 years.