Modern Replacement for Missing TeethDental implants are a unique approach to replacing missing teeth. This modern development was the result of an accidental discovery in the 1950s. Today, it is the most popular tooth replacement option. Dental implants rely on the use of small titanium posts. These posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone, where they are integrated into the bone as you heal. Over time, the posts stabilize in your jaw and become the supports for the ceramic crowns that serve as your replacement teeth.
Where traditional tooth replacement options have specific applications, dental implants are quite versatile and can be used to meet some different needs. There are several different types of implants available:
Placing Dental ImplantsThe procedure for placing dental implants requires surgery. Small incisions are made in the gum tissue, exposing the bone underneath. We then drill holes into the bone and place the posts inside. The gums are sutured closed around the posts, leaving just a small amount exposed above the tissue. Finally, temporary teeth are placed, and you then go home to heal.
Healing takes anywhere from several weeks to several months. The exact length of time it takes for you to heal depends on many factors, including your health and the number of posts placed. During this time, your bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them in your jaw. Several follow up visits will ensure this is happening properly and that there are no complications. Once you have fully healed, we then remove the temporary teeth, take impressions, and create your final implant restorations. Read More About The Implant Replacement Process
Benefits of Dental ImplantsThere are numerous benefits to dental implants, including:
Missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are the right solution for you, call (740) 439-2501 today to schedule an appointment with OHIOSmiles.