A beautiful smile can improve your self-confidence and make a huge difference in the way you feel. If you have missing or damaged teeth, dental implants are a natural-looking, comfortable alternative to bridges and dentures. At Innovative Dental Ideas, James Butler, DMD, is a leading provider of dental implants for his patients. Call the Hilliard, Ohio, office today or schedule your appointment using the online booking tool.
Dental implants are metal posts that are implanted into the jaw bone. Implants can be attached to single-tooth prosthetics or crowns to replace one tooth, or they may be attached to bridges or dentures to provide a more secure and stable fit.
When used to replace a single tooth, a dental implant acts as the tooth root to hold the tooth in place for a much more comfortable and more natural look and improved function compared to dentures and bridges.
Because implants are designed to feel and function like natural teeth, most patients prefer them and find them much more comfortable to wear.
Since they're secured by the jaw bone, there is no risk of slippage and sore spots will not form as a result of friction. Plus, they can be cared for just like natural teeth.
Perhaps even more importantly, dental implants act as a natural root to promote the normal replacement of bone tissue in the jaw, preventing bone atrophy as well as reducing the risk of additional tooth loss.
Because dentures and bridges rest on top of the gum, they cannot stimulate this natural bone replacement cycle, and bone will atrophy over time.
Implants usually take three visits to complete. During the first visit, the post is implanted into the jaw bone. When the bone is very thin and unable to adequately support the implant, a bone graft procedure can be performed at the same time to help stabilize the implant.
Over the next few weeks, the implant will fuse with the jaw bone tissue, a process called osseointegration.
At the second appointment, a second part of the implant called an abutment will be attached, and an impression of the area will be made and sent to a lab where the implant will be created.
At the final visit, the implant will be attached to the abutment and shaped for a perfect fit. With proper care, a dental implant can last as long as a natural tooth.
If you or any of your family members are in need of a dental implant, call Dr. Butler today or schedule an appointment online.