Dental Implants in Cincinnati
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are a great option. They replace the root and the crown of a natural tooth. Implants offer the most natural way to restore your smile and chewing ability.
Dental Implants are the best option to replace one or multiple missing teeth. Implants can also be used as anchors for dentures to provide stability.
A small titanium post is placed in the bone. This post is allowed to heal for a few months, then ultimately an abutment and crown, or a denture is placed on the implant providing you with great esthetics, strength and function. Dental implants are often a more conservative alternative to a bridge since the adjacent teeth are not ground down to use as support. If you have ill-fitting dentures, implants may be the perfect solution to getting you back to smiling and eating as you did with your natural teeth.
The implant placement involves a simple, outpatient surgical procedure. The bone is allowed a few months time to integrate around the implant fixture in a process called osseointegration. This healing process typically ranges from 3-6 months. During the healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
Once the implant is well integrated into the bone, a final impression is taken to fabricate the permanent crown and complete the permanent restoration. In the final visit, an abutment is placed, which is the part that connects to the implant and supports the permanent crown.
Mini dental implants are about half the size in diameter of a regular dental implant. This offers many benefits, as they can be used in situations where regular implants cannot.
A main use for mini implants is to provide support and stability to a full upper or lower denture. A series of mini implants (4-6) are commonly used.
The small size of mini implants often means that no incision needs to be made to place the implant. They can usually be inserted right through the gum into the bone. This eliminates the need for a recovery period, and the restoration can usually be placed right away or only a short time after.
Mini implants are a lot more affordable than regular implants. Call Seven Star Dental for a consultation and see if mini implants are right for you! Dr. Maria Bustamante will explain your best options to replace missing teeth and give you that comfortable and proud smile you deserve!
Commonly asked questions about implants
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent new root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown is then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just like a natural tooth.
How are dental implants different from dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of teeth or partial set of teeth that need to be removed and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky and are difficult to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth, they are permanent, you can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment. Dental implants offer the aesthetics and function that closely resemble your natural teeth.
Who can place a dental implant?
Typically, the implant and its restoration are completed in tandem between your dentist and a specialist, usually a periodontist or oral surgeon.
How much do implants cost?
The price of your dental implants will vary based on the level of experience of your doctor, how many implants you are having placed, amount of insurance coverage, and more. Schedule a consultation with us to determine a price for your implants and a financing plan if necessary.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. If you have anxiety or fear, sedation options can be discussed.
How long do implants last?
When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.