Dental Implants

Dental implants are arguably the most significant advancement in dental health since fluoride. They give patients a natural-looking, comfortable, long term replacement for one or multiple teeth. Dental implants overcome many of the downfalls of other tooth replacement options and can help improve some of those options as well. Below, you will find a list of frequently asked questions regarding dental implants with links to more information.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants in Clintonville have several pieces and parts that make up the final product. The implant itself is a titanium screw that is placed in your jaw bone to replace the root portion of your tooth. On top of that, Dr. Shiflett will place a connector called an abutment. The crown, or portion of the implant that looks like a tooth, is placed on the abutment and completes the process.

How long does it take to get a dental implant?

Depending on your individual situation, 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 three to four months while the bone grows around and stabilizes it. During this time, the 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 the healing has completed, Dr. Shiflett will begin the process of making your crown to top off your tooth implant in Columbus, OH. This requires molds (or impressions) of the implant and abutment to be taken and sent to the lab. The last visit will consist of cementing the crown in a manner nearly identical to one on a natural tooth.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement we have available. If properly cared for, the implant can last a lifetime.

It is very important to note that while implants cannot get cavities, they are still subject to periodontal disease. If you are not diligent brushing and flossing these areas, the bone supporting the implant can be lost, causing the implant to fail.

The crown on top of the implant or the denture attached to it may become worn out and require replacement at some point, but the implant within your bone should last you a very, very long time.

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

Dental implants are great because they have the ability to replace one, multiple, or all of your teeth. They can be topped off with a crown if replacing a single tooth, or connected to a bridge, partial, or full denture for multiple teeth. Dental implants can also be used to make removable dental appliances, such as full or partial dentures, more stable, or even permanently attached.

Can dental implants improve the fit of my dentures?

At Shiflett Family Dental, we understand it is frustrating when dentures are loose, painful, and limit what you can eat. Dental implants are often the best way to improve the fit and function of your dentures, allowing you to speak, eat, and chew more effectively. They can greatly improve your quality of life and get you back to eating what you love.

 The dental implants will provide an anchor point that your denture will clip into (called a locator) and improve stability. This type of improvement will require your dentures to continue to be removed every night and cleaned.

A more stable option is to utilize implants to permanently anchor your denture in place, allowing you to function just as if you had your natural teeth. These fixed dentures will be removed and cleaned when you come in for your 6-month checkups at Shiflett Family Dental in Clintonville.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients we encounter are good candidates for dental implants. If you are healthy enough to have dental surgery and have enough dense bone to support the titanium implant, you are likely an excellent candidate. Even if you have lost some bone over time, it can be built back up and strengthened by a bone grafting procedure.

To schedule a consultation or have your questions answered about dental implants in Columbus, OH, contact the team at Shiflett Family Dental today at (614) 262-1807.