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Bull Mountain: (503) 968-6101
11815 SW King James Pl #10
Tigard, OR 97224 Map
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Bridgeport: (503) 906-8600
18035 SW Lwr Boones Ferry Rd
Tigard, OR 97224 Map
Bull Mountain:
(503) 968-6101

11815 SW King James Pl #10
Tigard, OR 97224 Map
Bridgeport:
(503) 906-8600

18035 SW Lwr Boones Ferry Rd
Tigard, OR 97224 Map

The Dental Implant Procedure


The dental implant procedure at Total Health DentalA 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. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone, a process called osseointegration. There are a number of steps involved in this procedure, which we have outlined below:

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.

Dental implant post inserted into gums

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.

Dental implant crown attached to post

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.

Time to schedule your next appointment?


Call our Bull Mountain location at (503) 968-6101, our Bridgeport location at (503) 906-8600, or use our easy online scheduling form to set up your next visit quickly. On behalf of every dentist and team member at Total Health Dental, we look forward to helping you brighten the world with your smile.


Dr. Joel Fast
Dr. Rod Johnson


Bull Mountain (503) 968-6101

11815 SW King James Pl. #10
Tigard, OR 97224



Dr. John Holland


Bridgeport (503) 906-8600

18035 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd.
Tigard, OR 97224


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