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What is a dental implant, and do I need one?

Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease or an injury. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health, with healthy gum tissue and enough bone in their jaw to support the implant. Most of the time, the implant is placed in one appointment in a normal dental setting. Dental implants require the same care as your own teeth, so make sure to brush and floss your teeth like you would normally. You will also need to visit your dentist regularly to have your implant, teeth and gums examined to make sure they are healthy.

James A. Katancik, D.D.S., Ph.D.James A. Katancik, D.D.S., Ph.D.
OHSU School of Dentistry

About the expert

Dr. Katancik is a specialist in periodontics and implantology. He provides all aspects of periodontal care including the treatment of gum disease; dental implant placement and, when necessary, bone grafting for future implant placement; tooth extraction with grafting of the bone; grafting for gum recession and root exposure; and contouring gum tissue for smile enhancement.

Accepting new patients: Yes

Insurance: Most major dental plans

Appointments: 503 494-8875

Website: //www.ohsu.edu/dentist

Location: 2730 SW Moody Ave., Portland, OR 97201

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