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 Gregory C. Dilger D.D.S.           General Dentist            1353 Edgewater St.          West Salem          (503) 378-0466   

Dental Implants
A second chance for your missing tooth

Dental implants are the state of the art way to replace missing teeth. They offer a one tooth solution to a one tooth problem. Implants are more conservative (saving tooth structure) than traditional bridgework because they do not rely on support from neighboring teeth. 

Leaving a missing tooth space empty may not sound too serious, but the consequences of not filling in the space from the missing tooth can include: 

Ø Adjacent or opposing teeth to your missing tooth can change   position to fill the gap collapsing and destabilizing your bite, 

Ø The loss of your missing tooth’s root can cause your jawbone to shrink, making your face appear prematurely older; and,  

Ø A missing tooth in the front of your mouth can affect your smile and your self-confidence. 


Implants can be used to support a single crown or even a denture. When an implant is inserted into the jawbone a mechanical bond is formed thus permanently fusing it into the jaw (osseointegration). Implants can be placed while in our office under a local anesthetic.  


Advantages of dental implants include: 

ØEasy to clean and maintain unlike a bridge or partial 


ØNo need to prep adjacent teeth 

ØLooks like a natural tooth 

ØLife expectancy of adjacent teeth does not change 

ØPlacement of an implant maintains bone level 

ØCan often be placed immediately after extraction 

ØMaintains teeth alignment 

ØCan be used to stabilize a denture 


     Implants are today’s standard of care for replacing missing teeth. Based on a five year success rate, lower jaw implants have a 95% success rate while upper jaw implants have a 90% success rate. We can create a smile that allows you to speak, laugh and enjoy life with confidence.  

Ready to appoint?  Call Julie at (503) 378-0466, or Request An Appointment    



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Dear Dr. Dilger:


It all started with my initial phone call to Dr. Dilger's office. I felt so comfortable from the start and after I came in for my first visit it's been all about what I want and what Dr. Dilger and his staff recommends for me. All around, it's been the best dental experience I've ever had.


Al P.




Going to the dentist used to be a nightmare experience for me. That's all changed when I came to Dr. Dilger. Dr. Dilger's office staff are so warm and welcoming. Visiting them is like going home. Dr. Dilger's calm and caring manner erased all my dental anxiety and for the first time in my life I found myself relaxed in a dental chair. Dr. Dilger and his staff really took the time to get to know me and my concerns. They talked with me about my fears and helped me address my anxiety. Now I visit the dentist and I'm not afraid. I can not express the difference Dr. Dilger has made in my dental life! Thanks so much Dr. D.


Molly F.




I love my new smile.  It was so easy too.  Nearly pain free.  I am considering my lower teeth at a later date.


Debbie E.