Replacing missing teeth with permanent dental implants is a wonderful choice for Centerville, OH area patients
When Centerville, OH area patients are faced with tooth loss, they are often unsure of how to pursue replacement. Replacing missing teeth should be done as soon as possible to maintain the efficiency and health of the mouth. At K&E Advanced Dentistry, our team of professionals encourage patients to think about options such as permanent dental implants.
Dental implants explained
At K&E Advanced Dentistry, our team is dedicated to assisting patients with understanding their options when it comes to tooth replacement. The most common options for tooth replacement include:
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
Dental implants are a wonderful option for patients who are ready to permanently replace their missing teeth. Implants are made of titanium, which is safe and biocompatible with the mouth and body. They can last a lifetime with proper care, making them the ideal solution for tooth replacement.
Dental implants are posts that function as a natural tooth root. The post is placed, using the natural bone of the jaw for stability and a proper foundation. Osseointegration, the growth of bone around the implant, occurs, ensuring the implant is firmly in place. This allows the implant to be strong and stable. Once osseointegration has occurred, the implant is restored in the desired manner. While most dental implants are used to replace a single tooth, some are used to replace several. Dental implants may be restored over the top with a dental crown when a single tooth needs to be replaced. Some dental implants are used as anchors for dental bridges when there are no adjacent teeth to support them. Some patients may also consider implant-supported dentures, which use several implants along the dental arch to stabilize dentures. All these methods are available and suitable for patients in our practice.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants can be enjoyed by patients who have healthy mouths and sufficient bone structure. Bone structure is necessary to ensure that the implant has a strong enough foundation for support. Without sufficient bone structure, the implantation might not be successful. Patients who are serious about having dental implants, but lack sufficient bone, can discuss with their dental team the possibility of undergoing bone grafting. Bone grafting can be beneficial for patients who want to prepare their smile for the future placement of implants. This procedure is often referred out to a periodontal specialist who can achieve the best results.
What can patients expect with dental implantation procedures?
The entire process starts with determining candidacy. Once patients have been determined to be appropriate candidates, the process moves forward with preparing for placement. This is achieved with an x-ray to check where the implants can be safely placed without interfering with the sinus cavity or nerves. Then, a surgical appointment is scheduled during which the implants are placed. Patients are properly sedated and anesthetized for comfort throughout the procedure. The dentist makes a hole in the bone and inserts the implant. The gum tissue is then sutured. Patients are given aftercare instructions when they leave the office after a temporary restoration is placed over the implant. As the area heals, bone grows around the implant to ensure it is held firmly in its place. The final restorations are placed after osseointegration occurs, and patients can achieve the smile of their dreams, even when tooth loss has occurred. Patients who are appropriate candidates are encouraged to take the time to speak to the team at K&E Advanced Dentistry to discuss the benefits of this solution for their smile needs.
Enjoy replacing missing teeth with high quality dental implants
Contact our Centreville, OH practice today. We also offer dental services at our second location in Franklin, OH. Our professionals are here to assist you, so call K&E Advanced Dentistry at (513) 424-1834 to schedule a visit and consultation appointment with our team to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants or other tooth replacement solutions!Back to Dental Implants Page