What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Patients that are faced with having several missing teeth, severely decayed teeth, ill fitting dentures or failing full mouth restorations are thrilled to have the ALL-ON-4 Dental Implant Treatment Option, also known as TEETH-IN-A-DAY. This is a minimally invasive treatment option with a permanent full arch prosthesis/restoration with high patient satisfaction. Even better, it provides the patient with a fixed full arch prosthesis/restoration on the day of the surgery!
This treatment provides the patient with:
- Rapid improvement in quality of life. Patients report being able to enjoy all foods and eating a healthier diet, thus leading to an overall improvement with your health!
- Shorter treatment times
- Lower costs
- More confidence and security knowing that you never need to worry about being embarrassed of your teeth and/or your old dentures. Don’t put off the possibility of living your best life! There is solution to your dental problems. Call today and schedule your consultation.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, our surgeons are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Cincinnati Oral Surgeons perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.