Dental Implants Gahanna Ohio – Dentists at StoneRidge Dental Care have extensive training and experience with dental implants. Implants are simply a fancy way of saying permanent tooth replacements. They may hold a crown, bridge or denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Here at StoneRidge Dental Care we consider implants to be one of the greatest advancements in dentistry since they truly are the next best thing to your natural teeth. They provide much greater stability for more effective eating, speaking and smiling. People of all ages are discovering how they can improve their lives with dental implants. No more messy, ineffective adhesives for denture wearers as implants allow for a secure solid fit of a more comfortable denture.
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, you surely understand what a blow it can be to oral health and self-image. While our team at Stoneridge Dental Care can’t turn back the clock to your original smile, we can provide the next best thing with the transformative power of dental implants. Drs. Patel, Moberger, & Conkey recommend this reconstructive option because of its valuable health and aesthetic benefits – in fact, implants feel and look so much like natural teeth that you may forget they’re not. Many patients have heard stories about people having unsuccessful implant placements, but in the past 40 years, innovations in the materials and techniques used for dental implant tooth replacement have elevated success rates to 95%.
Am I a Candidate?
So who is a good candidate for dental implants? Generally, most people are, but there are some important characteristics that increase levels of potential success such as:
- Relatively good oral health (especially healthy gums).
- Enough remaining jawbone in the necessary areas to anchor the implants.
- A commitment to practicing good oral hygiene at home and attending regular check-ups with our team.
If these conditions aren’t met, patients may need to undergo additional procedures before the actual implant process can begin.
Implant Placement Process
- Initial Consult: We will make an initial examination and take x-rays to prepare for the procedure
- Placement: The implant is placed and a temporary tooth is provided to help you function while your crown is being made. The implant takes a few months in integrate with you bone structure before a crown is attached.
- Crown Attachment: Once your crown has been prepared, it is placed on the implant and no additional treatment is needed.
- Final Result: Your new tooth functions and looks like it is completely natural. Remember to practice good hygiene habits and enjoy your beautiful new smile.
The secret behind the superiority of dental implants is that they actually replicate your tooth’s entire natural structure, not just the white crown that sits on top of the gum line. There’s also the root that’s hidden underneath, stimulating the jawbone. The implants themselves are designed to closely mimic this component, and the first step of your treatment will involve their placement into the bone where they’ll create a solid foundation for replacement teeth over months of healing. The process called osseointegration, occurs when the supportive, alveolar bone grows around the dental implants securing it in the same way alveolar bone supports natural root structures. After this process is complete, patients return to Stoneridge Dental Care so we can design and place new, quality restorations on top of the implants.
For single implants, we use white dental crowns to replicate the missing structure while also allowing your nearby teeth to stay intact. However, this option can become pricey when patients need several teeth restored. Implant-retained prosthetics are available as a cost-effective alternative that provides extensive, quality results. These appliances resemble bridges and dentures, but they’re designed to attach to the implants for a virtually permanent fit. Removable options are available as well, if that’s what the patient prefers.
In addition to their natural appearance, dental implants are strong, easy to take care of, and long-lasting to an exceptional degree – in fact, as long as they’re cared for properly, patients enjoy them for 30 years, 40 years, or the rest of their lives.
Alternatives to All-ceramic Crowns on Implants
What Can I Expect from Dental Implants?
Implants can even help a patient missing just one tooth. In the past, the two adjacent healthy teeth had to be ground down and “sacrificed” to build a three-unit bridge to replace the single missing tooth. Today, a single implant can often be placed in between the teeth and a crown can be fabricated without affecting the healthy teeth adjoining the missing tooth.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Better Dentures: If you wear conventional dentures, you know how limiting they can be. Slipping, altered speech, and avoiding all but the easiest foods to eat. Messy adhesives are a fact of life for a lot of denture patients. Implants can solve all these problems for denture wearers. In fact, the most enthusiastic implant patients are people who had conventional dentures for many years prior to their implants.
- Stable Bridges: historically, one of the biggest challenges to general dentists was when a patient lost their back two or three teeth on one side. Without a back tooth to attach a bridge to, dentists were forced to design partial dentures or “removable flippers” for patients to use. These functioned more for cosmetic purposes than for anything else. Dental implants can provide solid anchors for a bridge of any size.