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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  • 10/31/2018
         
    Staff all very friendly. Did not have to wait long. Dr Freeman very thorough with his exam - Explained everything he was doing.
  • 04/12/2018
         
    The staff was all welcoming and helpful, provided great care and was able to lay out my dental issues and fixes in a good way.
  • 07/06/2017
         
    Very professional and knowledgeable, setting my mind at ease with no questions unanswered. Thank you so much!
  • 02/22/2018
         
    Excellent visit with Dr Freeman and his team. Definitely recommend!
  • 11/06/2017
         
    Very thorough new patient visit. Very professional staff.
  • 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...
  • 11/27/2018
         
    Everyone was super nice very professional Pat Freeman has a top notch staff.
  • 11/14/2017
         
    Great place! Friendly staff and competent staff, great dentist. And he is even from the same state I am from. Can't be all bad, right?
  • 02/15/2018
         
    I was pleasantly surprised what a wonderful experience I had today. All the people were so nice and I was so impressed with Dr. Freeman.
  • 08/28/2019
         
    The whole staff made me feel comfortable, and we’re efficient and no nonsense about my visit.
  • 03/13/2019
         
    Easy in and out. Great communication prior to, during and after your appointment. I hope Pat never retires.
  • 02/19/2019
         
    I am happy with the service provided. Dr.Freeman does an excellent job and explains treatment in detail.
  • 08/28/2019
         
    The whole staff made me feel comfortable, and weâ re efficient and no nonsense about my visit.
  • 07/11/2019
         
    I put full trust in Dr Freeman’s work - he is skilled, caring and there was no pain!
  • 01/18/2018
         
    Fast and efficient. Offered options for care and was helpful with my insurance questions.
  • 09/28/2018
         
    Fabulous dentist. Knows his stuff . Staff is great and he has great “chair side manner”! I trust home with all my dental needs!
  • 09/05/2019
         
    He and his staff are thorough and efficient. Pleasant, too.
  • 06/16/2018
         
    Very friendly team, very professional. Gave me a lot of great information to help me make good decisions about my dental care.
  • 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.
  • 02/22/2018
         
    Excellent visit with Dr Freeman and his team. Definitely recommend!