Are you missing any teeth? Afraid it’s affecting your smile? The good news is that Miamisburg Family Dental offers a permanent solution to missing teeth – dental implants.
Before dental implants, dentists relied on dentures and bridges to replace missing teeth. But now, Dr. Brown can offer a more secure option that can last you the rest of your life.
How are dental implants placed?
Before the implant procedure, a consultation is required to ensure you’re a candidate for dental implants. If there are factors preventing us from performing the procedure, dentures and bridges are still viable options that can save your smile.
If you are a candidate for dental implants, the process consists of two procedures: placement and restoration.
First, a titanium post is carefully inserted into the space left by the missing tooth. This post is placed directly into the jawbone, acting as the new tooth root. Your mouth is given time to heal, allowing the bone to fuse around the post. This process will take anywhere between three to six months.
Once the healing is complete, you can come to Miamisburg Family Dental for your restoration. Dr. Brown will attach a crown that has been custom crafted to mimic your original tooth. It is placed over an abutment that is attached to the post, creating a secure and permanent restoration.
What are the benefits?
Dental implants solve many of the problems associated with tooth loss. There are many benefits to the implants, but many people choose the procedure for three main reasons.
No additional special care – Your dental implant functions exactly like a natural tooth. Regular brushing and flossing will be enough to keep it clean. But don’t forget to visit your dentist every 6 months, too!
Permanent solution – While dental bridges and dentures need to be replaced about every 10 years, dental implants can last for the rest of your life. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene habits and make regular trips to the dentist, it is a more cost-effective option in the long run.
Maintains your bite and prevents displacement – Leaving a gap in your teeth can lead to a whole host of problems. The other teeth will begin to shift and alter the alignment of your smile. Dental implants prevent this issue and any additional associated costs.
Like any restoration, dental implants require habitual oral care to ensure they last. Dr. Brown will offer advice on how best to clean your mouth to keep your teeth and implant healthy.
How Do Dental Implants Help Protect Against Bone Loss?
One of the best benefits about dental implants is that they prevent your jaw bone from “resorption” after you have lost a tooth. Unlike dentures and dental bridges, a dental implant will help protect against bone loss and keep your jaw strong and healthy.
This is because dental implants function as an artificial tooth root. When we chew, bite, and smile, our teeth transmit force and pressure into the roots, which are attached to the jaw bone. This, in turn, helps to stimulate the jaw and keeps the bone strong and healthy.
When you lose a tooth, this pressure is no longer transmitted to the jaw, so it begins to weaken. Since dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw, they are still able to transmit force and pressure into the jaw bone in the same way that a natural tooth does. This means the bone will continue to be stimulated and it will not weaken over time.
Candidates For Dental Implants?
The first requirement is that you have a healthy mouth free of any serious oral health conditions, such as cavities, infected teeth, and gum disease. Gum disease, in particular, may preclude you from having a dental implant because this condition increases the risk of infection after surgery.
In addition, your jaw should be strong enough to support the dental implant. Usually, this means you should have an implant placed within 1 year of losing your original tooth. If you wait too long to have an implant placed, your jaw bone may weaken, and it may not be strong enough for a dental implant. For this reason, we recommend scheduling a consultation at Miamisburg Family Dental as soon as you can after you’ve lost a tooth.
Tobacco use can also rule you out as a candidate. Smoking and the oral use of tobacco is associated with poor oral health outcomes, and can negatively impact the dental implant during the healing process.
What If I Do Not Have Enough Bone To Support An Implant?
If you are worried that your jaw may not be strong enough to support an implant, you do have a few options that may still allow you to get a dental implant.
Bone grafting can be used to strengthen your lower jaw. This surgical procedure involves the implantation of a piece of bone directly into your jaw. Over time, this bone will fuse with your natural jaw bone and provide a stable platform on which your dental implant can be placed.
Sinus lifts are also an option for dental implants in the upper jaw. An incision is made in the gums and the sinus lining is gently lifted. Then, bone granules are packed into the area, and the gums are sutured shut. Similar to a bone graft, these granules will harden and bond with your bone, strengthening it and allowing a dental implant to be placed.
In need of a permanent tooth replacement? Dr. Brown is here to help!
Our staff at Miamisburg Family Dental are experts in restorative dentistry and would be happy to help in any way we can. We want our dentistry to be as accessible as possible, which is why we accept almost all insurance plans and offer a variety of payment options.
To see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, call us at (937) 866-5501 to schedule an appointment with Miamisburg Family Dental. You can also visit our office at 306 E Linden Ave, Miamisburg, OH 45342.