Dental Implants in Columbus, OH
Traditional tooth replacement restores the parts of the teeth that are visible when patients smile, but below the gum line, there is a significant part of the tooth that goes unreplaced – the root. The tooth’s root structure provides stability for the tooth anchoring it to the jawbone, so patients can eat, speak, and smile confidently. Additionally, the roots stimulate the flow of blood to the gums and nutrients to the jawbone. Without the root structure, gum and bone tissue density diminishes leading to further issues including dental drift and frequently additional tooth loss.
In recent years, dental implant supported tooth replacement has become the gold standard in tooth replacement because it restores not just the visible portions of patients’ smiles but the underlying root structure as well. At Beth A. Loew, DDS’s Columbus dental practice, we’re happy to partner with a trusted oral surgeon or periodontist to offer dental implant supported tooth replacement with beautiful, natural looking smile restoration for our patients. Contact our team to schedule a dental implant consultation to find out more today.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is embedded below the gum line where it mimics the form and function of natural root structures. These implant posts resemble screws, but are actually hollow cylinders. Once the implant is in place, an abutment can be screwed into the implant post securing a replacement tooth or teeth.
What is the Dental Implant Process?
Dental implants are placed in three phases, and can take anywhere from three to six months and longer in some cases. The first phase of the dental implant process is the surgical placement of the implant posts below the gum line. This part of the process is completed by a trusted specialist. Following implant placement, patients need to wait three to six months for the tissue to heal and for the dental implant to fuse with the jawbone.
This healing and attachment phase is known as osseointegration. Following osseointegration, patients return to our office where we place the final restoration. From a single dental crown to a full denture, we’re able to provide custom crafted restorations to restore any number of missing teeth comfortably and securely with dental implants.
Who Should Consider Dental Implants?
Any patient who has experienced tooth loss from a single tooth to a full arch should consider dental implant supported tooth replacement. If patients have a past history of surgical concerns or immune compromising diseases like diabetes, they may not be a good candidate for dental implant supported tooth replacement. These patients may want to consider more traditional tooth replacement options like crown and bridge or partial and full dentures. Patients also need an adequate amount of bone density to support a dental implant, so those patients with significantly diminished jawbone density will need to consider bone tissue grafting or other procedures prior to implant placement.