We provide comprehensive implant
care in our office. Dr. Collins has completed exhaustive continuing education in
implant care. He co-directed the AAID Implant Maxi-Course at OHSU, a 27-day
program that covered every implant topic in depth. We perform a very
thorough work-up for every case, and every patient is given choices for implant
care and alternatives. We design every case from the ground up. Nearly
every case involves a diagnostic wax-up, where we use plaster models of your
teeth and jaws with tooth-colored wax to design the result we desire. We
make surgical guides from the wax-ups, and perform our surgery with a keen eye
for the final result. Implant
dentistry is a prosthetic discipline with a surgical component.
- A single tooth
implant is appropriate when a missing tooth can be replaced with an
implant that resembles the root of a tooth. The implant "root"
is further restored with an implant abutment post and a crown.
If several teeth are missing in a row, they can be replaced with a
series of single tooth implants or an implant supported bridge.
Implant-Supported Dentures -
Dentures can be problematic when the part of the jaw bone that
supported teeth atrophies under a denture. Upper dentures can
cause gagging problems. Muscles of the lips, cheeks, tongue and
floor of the mouth attach to the sides of the jaws. Dentures can
"trip" when they compete for position with these muscles. For
these, and many other reasons, patients who must have a denture
appreciate support and anchorage from implants. We use special
"precision attachment" systems with implants that allow a denture to
snap in to place, where it is anchored until you want it to come loose
for cleaning. Implants can also help to maintain bone height
under a denture.
Some patients do not have enough bone height or width to receive
conventional implants. We offer "mini-implants" that are small
enough to fit where conventional implants will not. These
implants are approved by the FDA for immediate loading, which means
they can be used under an existing denture to provide anchorage the
same day they are placed. These are also the most affordable
implants - we can often place a set of four mini-implants to anchor an
existing denture for less than $2000!
Dr. Collins graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1978. In
addition to caring for patients in private practice, he has enjoyed lecturing
and contributing to dental journals. In 1995 he co-directed the AAID Implant
Maxi-Course at OHSU.
The information provided on this site is to help
educate patients, and is not intended as a guide for self-diagnosis or
treatment. Please rely on your dentist for diagnosis and treatment of oral