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.
Why Implants are Better Than Dentures
Dental implants provide several advantages over traditional dentures, because implants:
- Are stationary and will not shift when you eat or talk
- Allow you to eat denser foods that are difficult to eat with dentures
- Stimulate your jawbone as you chew, preventing long-term bone loss
- 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, 20, even 30 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.
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.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that simulates the root of a missing tooth. Topping the titanium root is a restoration such as a dental crown that has the appearance of a natural tooth and restores functionality to your bite.
Although dental implants are a durable and aesthetically pleasing option for replacing missing teeth, they are not for everyone. A consultation with skilled dental implant dentist of Columbus, Ohio cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Firouzian can determine if dental implants are the best solution for you. Dr. Firouzian may prescribe a specialized x-ray that will also confirm the health of your bone and determine treatment success.
Most adults who are in good general health and have sufficient jaw bone structure are viable candidates for dental implants.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant process typically involves two phases spread over roughly three to six months.
The first step is the placing of your titanium implant root. First, you will be adequately numbed. This may involve local anesthesia involving our new, more comfortable Anutra buffered anesthesia. Some people or procedures may require general anesthesia. The implant is then inserted in the jawbone. Once the implant is placed, it will be capped as your bone begins to fuse around the titanium root.
During the months after the implant is placed, your mouth and jaw will begin to heal, and the process of osseointegration will occur.
Osseointegration is the fusing of your natural bone structure to the titanium implant. Once your bone has sufficiently bonded to the implant root, you will return to the dentist for the placement of your implant crown.
Dental Crown Placement
Once your implant becomes part of your jawbone, the temporary cap will be removed and a dental crown will be secured.
The crown will not only match your existing natural teeth, but it will restore strength and function to your bite.
Variations on the Dental Implant Procedure
Every patient is different, so although the procedure described above is accurate for most patients, some may require a different procedure. If you’re replacing more than one lost tooth, we will likely place multiple dental implants in the same procedure. Instead of an individual crown, you will receive a dental bridge that replaces all the lost teeth and is secured by two or more implants.
If you’ve suffered significant jawbone loss as a result of gum disease or atrophy, a bone graft may be necessary before your dental implant can be placed.
In other cases, your dental implant may be secure enough when it is first placed that you can get a temporary dental crown placed the same day. It all depends on your individual situation.
Dental Implant Cost
We understand that many people are concerned about the cost of dental implants and want to get an estimate for dental implants online. However, we cannot offer online estimates for dental implants because the procedure is highly customized.
We design each dental implant procedure to precisely fit a patient’s anatomy for the best:
Every aspect of the procedure–including the selection of the implant or implants, the number of implants, the timing of implantation, the type of restorations, and more–is individual.
Any estimate we gave without performing an exam would be inaccurate to the point that it might be considered deceptive. We would never want to deceive an actual or potential patient so we only give estimates for dental implant cost after performing a comprehensive exam.
When considering dental implants, it’s important to consider not just cost, but also value. Dental implants may be more expensive than dentures, but they provide a much higher quality of life. And implants have the potential to last for much longer than dentures. This makes dental implants a good value for the money. It also means that investing in quality dental implants is usually a better value than trying to buy low-cost dental implants today. The investment usually pays off in terms of better appearance and function, as well as improved durability for all parts of the implant.
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.