Dental Implants in Lake Oswego, OR
Restore Your Smile Without Metal
Living with missing teeth can do more than just damage your confidence in social settings—it also affects your ability to speak and eat, and can result in bone loss or oral infection if not treated.
Dental implants are an incredibly effective way to restore full function to your smile once again. Traditional dental implants are made with a metal post that is securely attached to the jaw, but some patients may not want metal implants, or may even have an allergic reaction to the metal.
Rather than forgo treatment, you can opt for metal-free implants. At Aesthetic Dentistry, we offer Z-Look dental implants—a metal-free solution to smile restoration. Read on to learn more about this holistic approach to dental implants.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A natural tooth is composed of two parts: the “crown” which is above the gum-line, and the “root” which goes down into the jaw bone. Dental implants are permanent prosthetics that replace both the root and crown. This prevents jaw deterioration, stimulates jawbone regeneration, and fills the gap in your smile.
Traditional dental implants are made of three parts: the titanium (metal) post that acts as the root, the crown which acts as the new tooth, and the abutment which connects the two. In most cases, the patient will need at least two procedures: one for placing the post and one for placing the abutment after a healing period.
A Z-Look3 implant, on the other hand, is a more natural approach because it’s composed of only two parts and more closely resembles the natural tooth. Rather than a separate post and abutment, the Z-Look3’s nonmetal post has the abutment built-in, which means no need for two procedures. It is placed directly into the jaw bone to stimulate jaw bone regrowth. The abutment sits above the gum line where your finished restoration will be placed.
Benefits of Z-Look3 Dental Implants
Today, more and more dentists are using Z-Look3 implants, and Dr. Bowden is one of them. While dental implants have become the new “standard of care,” Z-Look3 differs because they are not only the most conservative approach to tooth replacement, but they’re also simpler to place and more natural-looking.
Both traditional and Z-Look3 dental implants serve the same purpose—to fill the gap in your smile while protecting your jaw from deterioration. Rather than hassle with removable dentures or worry about the risk of jawbone loss that comes with missing teeth, dental implants allow your smile to be restored permanently. They can also be placed into your upper or lower jaw bone. After the bone has grown around the implant through a process called osseointegration, it will be able to hold a crown, bridge, or over-denture.
Traditional implants are made of a titanium metal material, while the Z-Look3 implant is made of a natural white zirconia material and is metal-free. Zirconia is more biocompatible compared to titanium, which means your body has a much easier time integrating it into your jaw bone. Because of their rough surface texture, Z-Look3 implants grow very well with the bone of the jaw.
Other unique benefits include:
- Discretion: Z-Look3 are more natural-looking than traditional implants, especially around the gum line, and fit flawlessly into your natural smile.
- Conservative: Because Z-Look3 implants are a singular piece that contains both the post and the abutment, there’s no need for additional invasive surgeries to place the implant. This means you’ll be back to a full-functioning smile in much less time than with traditional implants.
- Holistically Permanent: Some patients worry about having metal in their mouths throughout their lifetime. With Z-Look3, you can ensure that your permanent solution won’t negatively affect your overall health.
- Resistant to temperature change: One of the problems of metal restorations is that they can be sensitive to temperature change, especially heat. Zirconia is extremely strong and highly resistant to both heat and fracture.
Frequently Asked Questions
While the Z-Look3 is a permanent solution designed to last a lifetime, the porcelain crown may require replacement. With proper care and consistent oral hygiene, the crown can last upwards of 15 years. Daily habits like brushing twice a day, flossing before bed, and rinsing after meals coupled with biannual visits with Dr. Bowden, you can prolong the life of your restoration.
Following your procedure, it’s important to follow all post-op instructions from Dr. Bowden. This may include dietary restrictions, taking prescribed medication, and avoiding substances like alcohol and smoking. After you’ve healed, your implant can be cared for just like your natural teeth.
Daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing after meals can keep your teeth and your implant healthy and plaque-free. While your implant may be resistant to decay, without regular check-ups and consistent oral hygiene habits, you can still be at risk for complications like periodontal disease.
A Metal-Free Approach With Dr. Bowden
For perfect aesthetics and the highest measure of safety, Aesthetic Dentistry has you covered. uses the Z-Look3 implant system. Z-Look3 is part of completely metal-free dental restoration – ideal for patients with allergies. The crown and the implant as well as the instruments used during the procedure are made from the same high-performance ceramic so you can trust that you never come into contact with metal in all stages of the procedure. When you’re ready for a simple, safe, and conservative restoration solution, give us a call today at (503) 675-7300 or click the button to contact us via our online form.