While there have been many dental care improvements made in the U.S., millions of individuals still struggle with tooth loss, mostly due to periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury. And, for a long time, the only options of treatment available for missing teeth were dentures and bridges. However, today you also have the option of dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that provides you with a permanent foundation for fixed, replacement teeth. When you compare dental implants with bridges, crowns and dentures, they’re an effective and popular long-term solution if you’re suffering from:
Chronic dental issues
Since they feel, fit and function much like your regular teeth, implants are quickly becoming the leading choice in tooth replacement.
Implants are the only type of restoration that preserves your natural bone and help stimulate bone growth.
When performed by an experienced, trained and skilled dental implant dentist, like one of our dentists here at Fishinger Dental in Hilliard, OH, dental implant procedures are one of the most predictable and safest surgeries in dentistry.
Implants feel totally secure and comfortable because the medical-grade titanium implant fixtures our dentists use actually fuse to your jaw’s living bone cells over time, forming a durable and strong anchor for your new teeth. This means there’s no movement like slippage which you can experience with dentures.
Dental implants also don’t:
Cause issues eating
Cause you to worry about smiling openly and freely
Require regular repair
Dental Implant Healing Process
When your bone grows around the implant and holds it in place, this is known as osseointegration. Some individuals may have to wait until the dental implant is totally integrated before the dentist can attach the permanent replacement tooth to their implant. This could take a few months. Others can have a temporary replacement tooth and implant placed in a single visit. The healing process length of time will depend on the type of implant you receive and the location of your replacement tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide many benefits, including:
Improved speech: Your teeth can slip in your mouth with poor-fitting dentures, causing you to slur or mumble your words. Implants don’t slip, and therefore allow you to speak freely without worry.
Enhanced appearance: Implants feel and look just like your own natural teeth. And, since they’re made to fuse with your bone, they’re permanent.
Enhanced comfort: Since an implant becomes part of you, it takes away any discomfort you’d experience with removable dentures.
Improved self-esteem: Implants help you feel good about your appearance and give you your smile back.
Easier eating: It can be hard to chew when your dentures are sliding around your mouth. Implants work just like your natural teeth, which allows you to eat food confidently and with no pain.
Durability: Because they’re so durable, implants will last a long time; possibly even a lifetime with good care.
Enhanced oral health: Unlike a tooth-supported bridge, there’s no need for reducing other teeth with dental implants. Since surrounding teeth aren’t altered in order to support the dental implant, you have more natural teeth left that stay intact and this improves your oral health in the long-term. Implants also improve oral hygiene because they make it easier to access between your teeth.
Convenience: You can and have to remove dentures. Implants take away the inconvenience and embarrassment of removing dentures. And, you don’t have to use the messy adhesives to keep dentures in place.
What Makes You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
We can help determine if you’re a good candidate for implants. Generally, you’re a good candidate if:
Your jawbone can support a dental implant. If some bone in your jaw is lost, you might still get a dental implant. In some cases, more bone will need to be added through bone grafting.
You’re in good general health. Certain chronic conditions can slow healing after the procedure, preventing successful implant placement.
You don’t smoke or use tobacco. Chewing tobacco or smoking tobacco could increase your risk of implant failure.
Contact Fishinger Dental for Your Dental Implant Consultation
A bridge can be the best solution for multiple missing teeth. They are made of high-quality, durable materials and are anchored on each side with a crown. A bridge will take care of the gap in the appearance of your smile and return your chewing capabilities to full functionality.
Removable Partial and Complete Dentures
The most basic and original way to replace several missing or all teeth is with a partial or complete denture. Partial dentures are held into place by surrounding teeth. Full dentures are held into place by underlying soft tissue and many patients require the use of denture adhesive to keep their dentures in place.