Tooth loss can result in some serious consequences, affecting how you chew, changes to your jaw, the health of your bone, and even the placement of your remaining teeth. Each of these consequences can impact the important functions of your mouth performing as a working unit. Even the loss of just a single tooth can cause an impact. At Raptou Family Dental, we can restore your function and improve your oral health with the surgical implantation of a dental implant.
Without implants we can place a false tooth that is supported by neighboring teeth, such as a dental bridge or partial denture. Both of these prosthetics provide an excellent restoration, except they rely on neighboring teeth for support. When possible, it is best to not disrupt or alter a healthy tooth. A dental implant allows us to replace missing teeth without altering or damaging neighboring teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a device that we can surgically embed in your jawbone as a replacement tooth root. Once healed, it is a solid post in your mouth that we can use with any of our dental prosthetic teeth, including a dental crown, bridge, partial denture or even a full denture.
The implant has a threaded end that is surgically inserted into the bone and a head that the prosthetic can be attached to. Implants can be made of titanium metal or a non-metal ceramic. Ceramic implants can be ideal for patients who have a metal sensitivity or for implants in front teeth where the metal may be visible through the gums.
There are a few different types of implants, making them able to meet a variety of needs:
||Single Dental Implant: A single dental implant can be used to restore a single tooth with a dental crown. A single implant can also be used as part of a dental bridge system, a bridge can be held firmly in place with two anchors which can include any combination of implants or healthy teeth.
||Multiple Dental Implants: Multiple implants can be used with multiple crowns in various locations in the mouth, they can also be used to anchor both sides of a dental bridge, or as various points to retain a fixed denture.
||Implant Supported Denture: A denture can be held firmly in place with the assistance of dental implants. We offer a fixed bar retained denture, a fixed ball retained denture, or the All-on-4® Treatment Concept which permanently retains your denture.
Dental Implant Placement
The placement of a dental implant is an easy procedure that requires a lot of preparation. Before placement, we will need to help the patient gain control of any active infection, such as gum disease or periodontal disease. We will also need to determine the health and mass of the bone. It is often necessary to increase the bulk of bone available through a bone graft procedure. A bone graft is a simple procedure but can require months to grow the needed bone.
With preparation in place, the placement of the dental implant is done in our office, often with simply a local anesthetic to relieve any discomfort. Once comfortable, we then make incisions to the gum tissue to expose the bone. A hole is drilled into your jaw, and the implant is placed. The gum tissue is then sutured closed around the implant, leaving a small portion visible above the gumline. The most important step is in the healing. As the bone heals, it will grow around the threads of the implant fusing the two firmly together. This process can take several months. Once we determine that the implant is firm, we can then place the prosthetic over the implant for a permanent hold.
If you have experienced tooth loss, a dental implant can provide you the resource you need for a full and complete restoration. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449!
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