Dental implants are an excellent option for those seeking to replace one or more missing teeth. In the past, dentures have been the only available remedy for missing teeth, but implants provide permanent, comfortable, natural-looking dental prosthetics that are relatively easy to care for, and that contribute to the health of your jawbone. In the Columbus, Ohio area, family and cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Firouzian can help you decide if dental implants are right for you. Please call (614) 848-5001 today to schedule an appointment at the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
How Dental Implants Work
An individual implant consists of a titanium screw that is affixed directly to the jawbone. Titanium is most commonly used because, after it is placed in the jawbone, it will fuse to the bone, providing a permanent implant that in many ways duplicates the action and function of a natural tooth root. Prosthetics, such as a dental bridge or a full set of teeth, are then attached to the implants.
In order to properly fuse to the jawbone, implants require a healing period of several weeks to several months, depending on the state of bone and the prosthetics they need to support. Implants also require sufficient bone in which to be affixed. Patients who have experienced extensive bone loss, especially in the lower jaw, might require bone grafts before implants can be placed.
Why Implants are Better Than Dentures
Dental implants provide several advantages over traditional dentures, such as:
- Implants are stationary and will not shift when you eat or talk
- Implants allow you to eat denser foods that are difficult to eat with dentures
- Implants stimulate your jawbone as you chew, preventing long-term bone loss
- Implants do not need to be removed for cleaning
Because dental implants are permanently attached to your jawbone, they function just like your natural teeth. You don’t have to worry about them slipping out of place when you’re eating, talking, or laughing.
And because they function just like natural teeth, you can keep eating all your favorite foods. You won’t have to give up foods like steak or corn on the cob. And you won’t have to learn a new way to eat: you can bite and chew normally with your dental implants.
With proper care, implants can last many years. They are often described as permanent because long-term studies show that most dental implants last longer than the studies, which are 10, 15, even 20 years long! The first person to receive dental implants had them for over 40 years before he died. The second person to receive dental implants has had them for about 50 years, and they’re still functioning!
Caring for implants is relatively simple, since implants require the same basic care as your natural teeth. Normal brushing, flossing and regular visits to your dentist will ensure your implants remain attractive and natural looking for years to come. Proper care will also ensure the health of your gums, which also contributes to the overall look, comfort and well being of your implants.Common questions about Dental Implants.
The Latest Developments in Dental Implants
There are many dentists in Columbus offering dental implants. It can be hard to choose the right one for you. We recommend looking at reviews and checking the results achieved for patients in the Smile Gallery. But you should also consider the education and training of the dentists. Dr. Firouzian has received focused training on dental implants, and he is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). This membership allows him access to some of the most recent and exciting discoveries in the field of implant dentistry.
If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area and would like more information about dental implants and how they can restore your natural smile, please call (614) 848-5001 or contact Dr. Michael Firouzian at the Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. We would be happy to schedule an appointment or a consultation to discuss your options to replace missing teeth.