Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth, and they have a number of distinct advantages over traditional dentures. In addition to providing replacement teeth that function, feel, and look like your natural teeth, dental implants are considered a permanent restoration. Our patients at Chagrin Highlands Dental Group have found that dental implants allow them to speak and chew with confidence and ease while also providing a beautiful smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are composed of a titanium post that mimics the root of a natural tooth and a custom-made crown that is crafted to match the color of your existing teeth for a seamless appearance. These replacement teeth are designed to act exactly as your other teeth – they can be brushed, flossed, and require no special care or cleaning. Since dental implants become a permanent part of your mouth, you should not experience the slipping that can occur with dentures and you will never have to deal with messy adhesives.
Dental Implants Procedure
The first step to permanent tooth replacement with dental implants involves the surgical implantation of the titanium post under the gum and into the jawbone. Over the course of the healing process, the titanium post should actually fuse with the jawbone. This usually takes a few months to complete; however, a temporary crown can be placed on the implant during this time. Once fusion has taken place, Dr. Desatnik will then affix a customized crown that is designed to match and blend with the rest of your teeth. At this point, the procedure is complete and you can clean and maintain your dental implant just as you would your natural teeth.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
A certain degree of jawbone density is required to successfully receive a dental implant. However, men and women of all ages have benefited from dental implants and age is not a determining factor. A consultation with Dr. Desatnik will include an examination of your jaw and gums to determine if dental implants are the best form of tooth replacement for your individual circumstances. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, please contact our office today.