We have good news! We have decided to stay in our Sylvan Highlands location and make this space our permanent home. We’re thankful that this location is only 8 minutes from our old office. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns, or are wondering when you can be seen. For all the patients who stayed with us through the challenge of recovering from the fire, thank you. We will always be thankful for your support during this time.
We are always excited to meet new patients so please reach out to us if you are looking for a new dental home. To longtime patients and other professionals who refer their family and friends to us, thank you for your support and confidence. Whether you are looking for routine dental care or have a question about a dental procedure, please reach out to us, we are happy to help.
We’re excited to continue to serve you and your families in this next chapter.
Dr. Tom Pollard and Dr. Jill Pollard
A dental implant is a titanium post designed to replace missing teeth. The post is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing, and provides a more permanent solution.
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Implants are surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, and fuse to the jawbone. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone, a process called osseointegration. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural, and some people find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Candidates for dental implants must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.
Reasons for Dental Implants
Replace a missing tooth
Maintain healthy bone levels
Help support overdentures
Keep the look and feel of a real tooth where one is missing
What does a dental implant involve?
Implant Site Preparation The gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. In situations where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be a recommended procedure. Once healthy bone has been established, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.
Placing the Implant After the bone has been prepared, the implant is placed and the tissue is sutured. After seven to ten days the sutures are removed. The healing process takes three to six months. This is the amount of time it usually takes the implant to become part of the bone of the jaw.
Attaching the Post When the gum tissue is ready, a special post is attached to the implant; it is the support for the new porcelain crown. Today's technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post, to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.
Placing the Crown After impressions are taken a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented. This final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.
There is a high rate of failure of implants in patients who smoke, so dental implants tend to not be an option for patients who are actively smoking. We will help you determine whether dental implants will be a good tooth replacement option for you. Proper brushing and flossing will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.
Call us at (503) 223-7682 to schedule your consultation about dental implants.