Dental implants are growing in popularity because they are one of the most reliable and permanent replacements for missing or damaged teeth. This is because an implant provides a new artificial tooth and root that is anchored directly into the jawbone, creating a permanent and stable replacement for the lost tooth… an implant that:
Looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth
Remains fixed in the mouth (unlike dentures)
More comfortable than dentures
Eats, drinks and speaks like natural teeth do
Dental Implants are a good choice… for good reason
One of the reasons dental implants have become so popular in recent years is because the procedure leaves the surrounding teeth intact. Not only is it one of the most reliable and popular procedures in dentistry today, but once healed, patients are thrilled with the results because the implants look and feel so much like their own natural teeth.
Think dental implants might be for you? Call for an appointment and together we’ll set up a treatment plan and timetable that is most appropriate for your care. Our patient support team will support you throughout the process, keeping a seamless transition as you prepare for dental implant surgery.
What is a dental implant, and how does it work?
The implant itself is a piece of titanium that resembles a screw that anchors onto the jawbone and serves as a support for your crowns.
First, the implant is connected to an abutment which serves to connect the implant with your crown. Once the implant is inserted into the socket, it begins to stimulate bone growth. The jaw will naturally grow around the implant, then eventually fuse with it. That fusion then becomes a natural part of your body.
Dental implant surgery – freehand vs. guided
There are two choices when it comes to dental implant surgery. Both are effective, but one is a more costly procedure due to customization and precision. Whichever you choose, you will receive the best treatment available. Typical healing and recovery take anywhere from six to twelve weeks.
Freehand dental implant surgery is the traditional method where the oral surgeon prepares the jawbone, then does the implant placement by hand, according to what looks best to the eye. Since there are no guides used for placement, misalignment and bite problems can occur. The procedure is more affordable but can take longer to complete, so you may want to take these things into consideration before deciding which dental implant surgery to choose.
Guided dental implant surgery is the most accurate method of placing implants. The oral surgeon begins with a digital scan of your mouth, then customizes a surgical template that fits around your existing teeth. The template controls the depth and angle for placement accuracy and the best possible results. Due to the scans and detailed customization, this surgery is more costly, but it provides more precision, better aesthetics and less time in the dentist’s chair.
Call (330) 847-0676 today to see if dental implants might be right for you. Together we’ll come up with a treatment plan that fits your schedule.