Dental Implants for Hood River, OR

Living without teeth is a thing of the past. Implants are revolutionizing the way dentists fix teeth. And Pat Freeman has been ahead of that curve for a long time.

What was once a “save the tooth by any means” approach has now shifted to replacing missing teeth with implants when appropriate. Stronger and often longer lasting than previous tooth salvaging procedures, implants are almost like real teeth in that their titanium roots are fused to the jawbone. What makes them different is that they easily allow for the addition of a crown, bridge or other dental attachments. Plus, implant placement is often pain free.

Single Dental Implant Procedure

A natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its tooth root. Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable when chewing solid foods.

Single Dental Implant Procedure

Traditionally, if you were missing a tooth or if one needed to be extracted, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth would be cut down and replaced with a three-unit "bridge."

Dental implants are the modern alternative. Instead of cutting down two perfectly healthy teeth, Dr. Freeman inserts a dental implant into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. The implant becomes solidly fixed into your jaw bone (osseointegration). An abutment and crown is placed onto this artificial tooth root that looks, feels, and functions like your natural tooth.

Quite simply, dental implants are the most conservative and natural feel for replacement of missing teeth.

Replacing Several Missing Teeth

Dental Implant Supported Dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone. This helps to prevent bone loss and mimics the feel of natural teeth.

Replacing Several Teeth

Traditionally, several missing teeth would have been replaced with a removable partial or full denture.

Dentures have to be taken out and soaked at night. During the day, they can also look unnatural and rub painfully. Dentures and partials make it difficult or impossible to eat certain foods.

Dental implants can now be used to anchor partial and full dentures. This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with "floating" partials and dentures. It also prevents the tedious removal of dentures for overnight soaking and cleaning. Dental implants also eliminate the need for denture adhesives. This allows you to enjoy eating the foods you previously avoided. With dental implants, your partials or dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone, allowing them to feel much more like natural teeth.

Natural tooth roots and dental implant posts are fixed firmly in your jawbone. When you chew, these tooth roots and posts stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking. You may have seen a person who looked prematurely old because their jawbone had shrunk after wearing floating dentures. Dental implants help preserve your jawbone and appearance.

The Success Rate of Dental Implants

After their healing period, the success rate of dental implants is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene, the percentage is closer to 98%.

Does the Procedure Hurt?

The discomfort involved with receiving a dental implant is similar to that of having a cavity filled. It is done under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants become fixed to the jawbone. Though the life span of a dental implant will vary with each patient, many have lasted for over 50 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, dental implants can last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is between 10-15 years.

Bone Regeneration

A critical question in determining whether an implant can be placed is, "Is there enough bone to support the implant?" Fortunately, advanced bone regeneration techniques have improved over the past 10 years that make it possible to place implants where they couldn't be placed before.

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  • 01/29/2018
         
    I found my first appointment and initial consultation to be very thorough, and professional.
  • 06/01/2018
         
    Excellent staff. If you need to have dental work requiring extensive work, the office staff will get all the insurance questions answered.
  • 10/13/2016
         
    Excellent dentist and his support staff. Highly recommended!
  • 06/01/2017
         
    Pat Freeman is an awesome guy and an amazing dentist. I look forward to each appointment knowing that him and his staff will take great care of me.
  • 11/16/2016
         
    I LOVE Dr. Freeman and all of his staff. Very comfortable office and straightforward dental work and advice. Dr. Freeman is a perfectionist and gets the job...
  • 02/07/2018
         
    My first visit to Dr. Freeman and I was very pleased with my comfort level and the thoroughness of Dr. Freeman explaining every step of my procedure and all my options.
  • 02/08/2017
         
    Best Dentist & staff ever, friendly and helpful, very skilled, went outside provider list he's a keeper!!!
  • 01/30/2019
         
    Very thorough
  • 04/28/2017
         
    Great service, friendly people! They took extra time to check into whether my insurance would work for them.
  • 06/28/2018
         
    Dr. Freeman does excellent dental work and he adjusts his approach for us "veterans"' and for "newbies". THANK DR. FREEMAN AND STAFF!
  • 06/01/2017
         
    Super knowledgabke dentist. Quality work. Thank you for the excellent service
  • 07/06/2017
         
    So appreciate the Doctor getting me in at such short notice with an infection needing to be seen. Very professional and knowledgeable, setting my mind at...
  • 09/20/2018
         
    I never realized I had a problem, it is so nice to have my jaw and teeth feel good. I’m looking forward to having the hygienist visit.
  • 04/10/2018
         
    Got me in quickly before leaving for a trip - very nice staff!
  • 11/27/2018
         
    Everyone was super nice very professional Pat Freeman has a top notch staff.
  • 08/14/2018
         
    Great job by the hygienist cleaning my teeth!
  • 07/14/2017
         
    Recently had a root canal and nearly fell asleep during the procedure! Plenty of novacaine and Dr. Freeman was thorough and gentle. His assistant was also...
  • 11/18/2016
         
    Excellent
  • 06/19/2018
         
    This was my intial visit for extensive dental work needed. A great experience, looking forward to my new smile and healthier teeth.
  • 09/25/2017
         
    I had my first visit today and I was very happy about the way I was treated. My x-rays were done in a quick matter and I like that I could see where the...