Dental Implants

Dental implants can replace lost teeth to restore natural function and appearance to your smile. It is possible to eat comfortably again, speak more confidently and restore dental health with dental implants! As a Dental Implant Specialist, Dr. James Miller can provide all phases of your dental implant restoration including treatment planning, bone grafting, surgical placement, and final restoration. He has completed extensive training in an exclusive dental implant residency maxi program and is one of only a few dentists in Oregon to earn his Diplomate credential from the American Board of Implant Dentistry.

To get the optimum results in dental implant restoration, the surgical placement needs to be exceedingly accurate. Dr. Miller has a 3D Cone Beam CT Scan, which portrays 3D images of the implant site, facilitating treatment planning for the best placement of the implant. This, in turn, helps Dr. Miller ensure the best aesthetic result in the final restoration of the implant with a crown. Dr. Miller’s use of this technology allows him to be able to see the quality and amount of bone available for implant placement and to determine if bone grafting is needed for the best implant result.

There are various ways that dental implants can be utilized to restore missing teeth:

Immediate Implants

You may be a candidate for an immediate implant placed the same day as your extraction. Dr. Miller uses his 3D Cone Beam CT Scan for a thorough anatomical diagnosis and assessment which is imperative for successful, long-term implant placement.

Standard Implant Placement

Successful implant placement often times may require a multi-step process. Initially, the tooth is removed and a bone graft is placed to help preserve adequate bone to support the implant. Upon healing, the implant is carefully placed. After allowing the implant to integrate to the bone, the implant is uncovered and restored.

Implant-Supported Dentures

An option to dramatically improve the quality of dentures by increasing denture stability and function.

Supplementary Procedures

Bone grafting, sinus lifts, IV conscious sedation, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and use of sterile technique are all advanced procedures that, when utilized by a thoroughly trained dentist, will contribute to the success of dental implant treatment. The most common reason for implant failure is inadequate or poor quality bone.

Dental implants offer many advantages, including:

  • Dental implants preserve bone and facial support
  • Dental implants function like natural teeth
  • Implant supported dentures provide vastly better chewing and speaking function versus non-implant supported dentures
  • Dental implants do not compromise the health of neighboring teeth as fixed bridges do
  • Dental implants will never develop decay or require root canals

Dental implants are truly remarkable and offer the best long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. Life is simply too short to go without smiling, eating comfortably and enjoying a healthy mouth. Call Dr. James A Miller, Portland’s Dental Implant Specialist to learn about your implant options!