Shiflett Family Dental

What is a dental implant? What is the process of getting one?

Dental implants are frequently the best option for replacing one or multiple teeth. Many patients are fearful that the process is long and painful, but it is actually quite simple.

Implants have several pieces and parts that make up the final result. The implant itself is a titanium screw that is placed within your jaw bone. On top of that, Dr. Shiflett will place a connector called an abutment. In the case of a single tooth, the crown (or portion of the implant that looks like a tooth) is placed on the abutment and completes the process. In the case of multiple teeth, the implants can be connected to a full or partial denture.

Depending on your needs, implants can take as little as four months to complete. If you have a damaged or broken down tooth that needs to be removed, it can often be extracted in the same appointment that the implant is placed. The implant will need to heal for 3-4 months while the bone grows around and stabilizes it. During this time, your team at Shiflett Family Dental will provide you with a temporary tooth to fill the space so none of your friends and family will be aware you are missing a tooth.

After healing, we will complete the top portion of the implant process. For a single tooth, this will involve taking impressions for a crown. For multiple teeth, this can include connecting an existing denture to the implants or creating a new one. To learn more about the implant process and different treatment options, visit our dental implants page.

If you have additional questions about tooth implants in Columbus, OH, please give us a call at (614) 262-1807.

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