Have Missing Teeth? Here's Why You Should Consider Dental Implants

Whether you lost your tooth in an accident or sports injury, if it was extracted because of extreme decay, or if it fell out on its own, having a gap in your teeth projects an image you might not want to send. People you meet make immediate judgements about your dental appearance, and missing teeth are often attributed to poor hygiene, even if that’s not true.

Warranted or not, this social stigma may affect your confidence in social situations or your work environment. Many people assume that replacing missing teeth with dental implants is expensive and complicated, so they ignore the problem and live with the gap. But advanced technology has streamlined the process and made it more convenient and affordable in many cases.

One of the country’s leading implant specialists, Dr. James Butler at Innovative Dental Ideas in Hilliard, Ohio, applies cutting-edge technology to replace one tooth or several teeth using the most comfortable, convenient, and cost-effective techniques possible. 

We encourage you to come in for a free consultation and explore your dental implant options. Here are a few of the top reasons dental implants are the wisest choice.

Dental implants save your jawbone

In addition to the aesthetic factor of a missing tooth, that gap can also lead to some serious oral health problems, chief of which is the loss of jawbone density.

Your jaw relies on the pressure your teeth exert when they chew, rip, grind, and tear. When there’s an empty spot in your row of teeth, there’s a part of your jaw that gets robbed of that stimulation, and it begins to atrophy.

A dental implant includes a titanium rod that attaches to your jawbone and effectively stands in for the missing root and tooth. Pressure becomes normal again, and your jaw bone thrives.

Dental implants feel and look like natural teeth

When you’re missing a tooth, you have choices. Dentures are removable appliances that replicate your teeth but have some drawbacks: they may move around when you eat and speak, they may cause sore spots where they rub on your gums, and they need to be removed and cleaned nightly.

If you’re missing several teeth, we offer implant-supported dentures, which don’t slip around, so you can eat what you want and talk, laugh, and sing to your heart's content.

Bridges can cover your gap as well, but these appliances may or may not be removable. They’re anchored to two crowns on either side of the gap, either by a clasp (removable) or by bonding (not removable). 

But neither dentures nor bridges give you the look of natural teeth like dental implants do. They are by far the most comfortable and realistic replacement available, and once they’re in, you care for them like your natural teeth — no special cleaners, no removal, no hassle.

Dental implants can be affordable

Traditional dental implants require an invasive surgical procedure, general anesthesia, and sometimes the additional step of bone grafting. And while that process is still necessary in some cases, a more streamlined procedure is possible.

Dr. Butler leads the field in an innovative, simplified implant procedure that saves you time and money. As long as your jawbone is still healthy and strong, you’re a good candidate for this modern method that requires no bone grafting and is pre-designed to fit your jaw. Not all dentists are qualified in this procedure, but Dr. Butler is an expert.

Even though this simplified implant procedure is less expensive than the traditional method, all dental implants are an investment in your health. To help you achieve that goal, we’re committed to our policy of keeping you fully informed, involving you in the process, explaining all your options, and recommending the most cost-effective procedure available.

We also offer financing options to ease the burden and put dental implants within your reach.

Dental implants last a long time

Adult humans should have 32 healthy permanent teeth, but if you’re like most Americans, you may have lost one or more due to injury, illness, or decay by the time you reach 50.

If you replace your missing teeth with dentures, you can expect to redo the process every 5-15 years, depending on the amount of wear-and-tear. But dental implants are lifers.

How to get started

To find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants, start with a free consultation with Dr. Butler. Call us today at 614-529-0062, or request an appointment online — we’re open, our facilities are sterile, and we’re ready to meet you.

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