What are dental implants?
The phrase dental implants actually refers to the small, screw-like metal posts that are used to support a dental restoration. Depending on the number of teeth missing, a custom dental restoration may require up to 8 dental implants on one arch. These custom metal posts come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate their placement along the jaw bone. They are typically made of titanium but are also available in different materials.
What is the best way to replace missing teeth?
Dental implants are the number one dentist recommended way to replace missing teeth. They offer over a 95% success rate and many more advantages compared to other tooth replacement options. The implant supported dental restorations offered by Dr. Siddhi Patel in Hilliard, OH will look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Implants replace the tooth at the root offering a more durable replacement option which also prevents bone loss.
Does Park Dental in Hilliard, OH offer immediate dental implants?
Yes, Dr. Patel offers All-on-4 dental implants. This technique requires only four dental implants on the arch and then a temporary denture can be immediately placed. The implants are placed a specific angles to utilize the available bone. Even people that experienced some bone loss will qualify for the All-on-Four dental implants. In a single day, you can have your teeth extracted, implants placed, and the denture attached. The temporary denture will be replaced with a permanent one in several months, once the gums have adjusted and the implants have fused with the surrounding bone.
I suffer from bone loss. Can I still get dental implants?
Yes! Dr. Patel offers the All-on-4 technique for patients that suffer from minimal bone loss. For patients with severe bone loss, Dr. Patel may recommend a bone graft or sinus lift to build up the bone. This will create better results that will last longer.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
First, each patient is different and will have a unique experience. In general, the process should take three to six months. However, for extreme cases, the process can take up to a year. The entire process involves several office visits, at least one surgery and several months of healing time.
How long do implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last a long time. However, exactly how long they last greatly depends on how well they are cared for. With proper oral care, implants can last up to 20 years.
What is the dental implant process like?
First, any pre-treatments that are required must be done. This may include gum disease treatment, bone graft, sinus lift or tooth extraction. Next, the implants will be surgically implanted by a local Hilliard, OH oral surgeon. The implants will begin to fuse with the surrounding bone during a process known as osseointegration. In about three to six months, a small connector piece called an abutment is attached to the implants. Last, a few weeks after that, the final dental restoration is attached.
What type of dental restoration will I need?
This will depend on several factors including how many teeth are missing and where they are located. For a single missing tooth, Dr. Patel will use an implant supported dental crown will replace it. For several consecutive missing teeth, an implant supported dental bridge will replace them. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, they will be replaced with implants supported denture.