Dr. Tanner is a 2007 graduate of Oregon Health and Science University’s School of Dentistry. He enjoys getting to know families as he provides general dentistry for all ages. His goal is to have every appointment be a quality experience. He believes in building solid relationships with his patients and providing care consistent with patient priorities and expectations. Dr. Tanner, DMD is outstanding not only as a general dentist but also specializes in IV sedation dentistry.

Dr. Tanner believes in supporting strong communities. He regularly volunteers his time providing free dental work to people in need with Medical Teams International. He encourages you to contribute any time you can in community service as well.

Dr. Tanner understands the importance of providing patients with the best treatment options available. He received the Rose Award for outstanding patient care and a fellowship for neuroscience research which was later presented and published. Currently is a member of our local Dental Society as well as the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Even though he has received, and has delivered, formal medical dentistry training, Dr. Tanner intimately understands that Nature has designed us in specific ways to heal and adapt (a holistic approach) so a wise and balanced approach to dentistry is often best for the patient.

Additionally, Dr. Tanner is fluent in Japanese and speaks some Spanish.

In his spare time he enjoys running, reading, camping, hiking, cooking, and spending time with his wife and five children.

Implants: Replace a missing tooth

Dental implants are a routine part of modern dentistry. No longer are they considered “experimental” or even “new.” Dental implants have simply revolutionized dentistry — they are now considerd as “tried and true”.

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally.

If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence — there is good news! Dental implants can look and feel just like your own teeth! Under the proper conditions, such as placement by Dr. Nathan Tanner [Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists], and diligent patient maintenance; dental implants can last a lifetime.

Long-term studies show continuous improvements in the success rates for dental implants.

Multiple implants can also be used to support a permanent bridge (replacing several missing teeth) which is then attached to the implants.

Dental Implant

A dental implant is a titanium man made (dental replacement) root. Once installed, a cap or a crown is

then placed on the implant to complete the replacement of your tooth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Esthetics. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.

Tooth-saving-Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant.

More of your own teeth are left untouched — a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

Confidence. Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the clicks and wobbles of dentures. They’ll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy oral pastes and glues.

Dental implants require the same care as normal teeth…and the installment procedure is relatively pain-free.

Frequently Asked Questions :

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Q Why am I always tired during the day?

Statistics show that the suffering of over 25% of people who experience Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS) is caused by an obstructed airway, typically accompanied by Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Dr. Tanner and his staff are well trained and experienced in determining if OSA is a cause of your, or your child's, EDS using advanced testing equipment and technology. If such is the case, there are viable solutions to correct these issues and other related issues. To read more about proper airway and facial growth, please click on the square to the right. While the article focuses on proper growth in children, Dr. Tanner and his team are able to provide non-surgical solutions to grow the airway, and correct other related issues in adults as well. Please call Dr. Tanner's office for a free consultation for yourself and your children.

Q Is it necessary for my children to have teeth extracted and wear braces to correct their smile?

Fortunately, the answer is almost always "No, it is not necessary to extract your child's teeth to correct their smile". Please click on the blue graphic to the right to see a testimonial (picture and text) of what Dr. Tanner is able to do to create a beautiful "full smile" without extracting teeth and applying braces.

Q What can I do to fix my snoring???

There are many factors which may contribute to snoring. Snoring is often associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Not all snorers have OSA, but is a good idea to have a sleep test conducted to determine if you have OSA. Dr. Tanner and his staff have the training and associated technology to determine if OSA is the underlying cause of your snoring, and offer non-surgical treatment options to remedy airway obstruction. To read more about OSA and other potential causes of snoring, please click on the square to the right.

Q What is anterior vertical growth?

Anterior vertical growth is characterized by the increase over time of the vertical length of the front of the head, namely the forehead, the nasal area, and the upper and lower jaws. When the vertical anterior facial growth is disproportionately greater than horizontal growth (front to back and side to side) of the head, potential health concerns arise. Specifically, as the upper and lower jaws grow vertically disproportionate to the upper face, the lower jaw tends to move down and back, often resulting in the development of one or several health problems (e.g. - poor alignment of the teeth, tempero-mandibular joint pain, constricted airway/breathing, migraines, speech impediments, etc.). For more information on anterior vertical facial growth, please click on the square to the right.

Q Isn't our jaw development determined by our genes?

Genetics is certainly a component of our development. However, while genetics does play a role, our rest oral posture, overall body posture, as well as our breathing and swallowing habits all play a very significant role in the development of our jaws, teeth and face. These are all factors each person can be aware of and influence their own development over a lifetime. Children ages 0-8 have the most potential for effecting a positive direction of their growth by focusing on the posture of their mouth and body.

Q Why should I see the dentist regularly?

The best treatment is no treatment and when we are able to detect early signs of trouble, preventative measures are more likely to be successful. Along with a cleaning to remove plaque that may not be removed with brushing or flossing, we screen for gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer at every exam. An oral cancer screening is the most important part of a regular check up. Dr. Tanner has detected oral cancer in two patients who have been treated successfully. Early detection results in the best outcomes for overall health and well-being.

Q What can I do about bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums are most commonly a result of brushing too hard or the first stage of gum disease. When there is a lot of plaque below the gums, your body brings more blood to the area to fight the infection. If treated at this early stage, gum disease can be prevented. We can offer tips on proper brushing and flossing techniques, provide regular cleanings and exams and offer periodontal cleanings (deep cleaning below the gumline) to help you prevent gum disease.

Q Does Dr. Tanner see adults also?

Yes! Dr. Tanner and his team work very well with children and adults. Our goal is to make sure every person has a comfortable experience at our office and receives the best level of care.

Q What type of Implants does Dr. Tanner place?

Dr. Tanner places Titanium or Ceramic (Zirconia) implants. Many of our patients do not want metals in their mouth and ceramic implants give them the opportunity to have a tooth or many teeth replaced. Titanium implants have been in use for 30+ years and Ceramic have been for 10 years.

Q How can I have my medical records transferred to Dr. Tanner?

That's easy and simple with an "Authorization for the Release of Dental Records" form. Just choose one of the release forms below to complete and give to us. We'll contact your former doctor(s) and take care of the rest.

Both forms below are the same but they can be filled in differently: one is digital and the other is for filling by hand. Whichever one you choose needs to be printed and handed to Dr. Tanner's office. Let us know if you have any questions.

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