Dental implants may change the way you think about crowns, bridges, and dentures. Whether you need to replace one tooth or an entire mouth, dental implants provide a secure anchor that lets you eat, laugh, and enjoy life without worrying about missing teeth. Dr. Leslie McDougall and Dr. Ira Levenson at Morrow County Dental offer dental implants in the convenience of their office. If you have any questions about implants, call their office in Mount Gilead, Ohio, to book an appointment.
A dental implant is used to replace missing teeth. The implant consists of a small, titanium anchor that’s inserted into your jaw bone, where it works just like the root of a tooth, securely anchoring a crown, bridge, or denture.
It’s important to replace missing teeth. In addition to boosting confidence in your smile, the remaining teeth in your mouth begin to change their position when a tooth or several teeth are missing. Nearby teeth begin to tilt toward the empty space. Over time, your bite can become misaligned, which can damage your teeth or jaw.
A dental implant is long-lasting and provides a firm anchor that allows dental work to function like your natural teeth. You can get one implant to replace a single tooth, use two implants to permanently hold a bridge, or several implants can be used to retain dentures.
The implant provides another benefit that you may not expect: It helps maintain the health of your jawbone. When you lose a tooth or several teeth, the underlying bone starts to deteriorate. A dental implant helps maintain bone density.
When implants are used to secure your dentures, the implants hold them tightly in place, but the dentures can still be removed. As a result, your dentures are more comfortable and functional. Completely gone is the need for messy adhesives.
Before proceeding with an implant, you’ll get a thorough exam to make sure your gums and jawbone are healthy and strong enough to support an implant. If your dentist finds any problems, they’ll need to be corrected prior to inserting an implant. In patients with a thin or soft jawbone, a bone graft to strengthen the area may be needed.
Your dentist at Morrow County dental performs a simple surgical procedure to insert the titanium implant into your jaw, then you’ll need to give it a few months to heal. During that time, a process called osseointegration takes place as your bone naturally regrows and fuses to the dental implant.
As bone grows around the implant, it creates the same solid structure that once supported your original tooth. After the site is fully healed, your dentist cements a the dental prosthetic onto the implant.