Have you recently lost one or more teeth to gum disease, cavities, or physical trauma? If you are in good general health and have adequate bone in your jaw, you may be an excellent candidate for dental implants. This permanent, aesthetically pleasing solution for replacing missing teeth may be the best option for closing that gap in your smile. Unlike bridges, dental implants don’t require altering the adjacent teeth to place the artificial tooth. Contact Community Roots Family Dentistry for more information about dental implants near Brecksville, OH.
There are two primary types of full-mouth dental implants to choose from:
For some people, conventional bridges and dentures are not comfortable or even possible to wear. Consider restoring your smile with dental implants to enjoy these benefits:
The entire implant process takes several months to complete. The first step is to install the screw-shaped titanium implant in the jawbone. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. The implant is inserted through an incision made in the gums, after which the soft tissue is sutured and allowed to heal. You may have a temporary crown installed as well so you can eat and speak normally and maintain an attractive smile. Local anesthesia should prevent any pain during this process, though you may have some discomfort once the numbness wears off.
Dental implants need three to six months for the jawbone to form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. Once the surrounding gum tissue heals, a second surgery is needed to attach an abutment to the original implant. An impression is taken of the abutment, which is used to create an artificial tooth (or teeth) called a crown. This is installed last to complete the permanent tooth restoration. Your smile will look the way it used to, and after a short period of growing accustomed to the implant, it will feel like one of your natural teeth.
Some patients are concerned about the safety of having metal fused to their jawbone. Dental implants are a type of surgery, so it’s reasonable to be apprehensive. Rest assured that dental implants are one of the strongest, safest, and most reliable ways to replace missing teeth. Titanium, the standard material used in medical implants, is durable and corrosion-resistant. As long as you practice good oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, dental implants should last 20 years or more.
Our modern, patient-centered dental practice in Brecksville, OH is committed to your comfort, safety, and health. We promise to make each visit nothing short of a world-class experience, with a dedicated focus on disease management and prevention. We’ll explore all your smile restoration options, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures, to help you make an educated decision for your oral health. For more information about dental implants, or to request before-and-after pictures, please contact us today. We serve patients in the Greater Cleveland Area, including Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Independence, Richfield, Bath, and North Royalton.