Understanding Dental Implants

Understanding Dental Implants

Columbus, OH – Dental implants are an excellent solution for replacing a missing tooth. They offer a natural and durable option for patients who may not want a bridge or dentures. Before choosing a dental implant, there are some things you should know. 

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small, titanium post, or screw, that is affixed directly to the jawbone. This post acts as a root for the missing tooth. Over time, the implant integrates in the jawbone. Then, a crown can be affixed to the post. Together, the post and crown provide a durable and natural-looking tooth replacement. 

What should I know before getting an implant?

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for a dental implant. There are a few things that can determine whether you are an ideal candidate for an implant. These include:

Adequate jawbone

Adequate jawbone must be present. Proper bone density is crucial for supporting the implant, so if you’ve experienced any significant amount of bone loss you may require a bone graft prior to receiving an implant. 

Good overall health

Good overall health is essential for proper healing. Certain conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes, or bad habits such as smoking, can impede your body’s ability to properly heal. 

Proper oral health

Proper oral health is required. Patients should have healthy gums and no untreated dental issues to ensure the implant can be successful. Underlying dental issues should be corrected prior to receiving an implant.

What Are the Steps to Get Dental Implants?

There are a few steps to the implant process so it is important to understand these. 

Dental X-Ray

Getting X-Rays

You’ll meet with your dentist for a consultation and planning session. At this appointment, you’ll go over your complete medical and dental history, have X-rays or digital scans taken, and have a treatment plan created that will meet your needs.

Titanium Post Placement

Titanium Post Implanted

At your implant appointment, the titanium post will be surgically implanted into the jawbone. This can be done under local anesthesia, but you can ask your dentist about other sedation options if you think you may need them.

Osseointegration Phase

After the implant is placed, it will take several months for the implant to properly fuse to the bone. This process is called osseointegration and is crucial to ensuring the success of the implant because it is what creates the stable base for the replacement tooth

Abutment Placement

Abutment Placement

Once the osseointegration process has finished, a connector, called an abutment, will be placed on top of the post. This will hold the crown in place.

Crown Placement

Placing the Crown

The final step is placing the crown to the abutment, providing a natural-looking replacement for your lost tooth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are numerous benefits to dental implant procedures, including:

Your implant will fully restore your chewing ability and prevent future bone loss.

Chewing

Your implant will fully restore your chewing ability and prevent future bone loss.

Implants look and feel like a natural tooth, an aesthetically pleasing replacement.

Implants stay securely in their place. You don’t have to worry about removing it to clean. 

Risks

As with any procedure, there are some risks to keep in mind. While these are not common, they can occur:

  • Post-surgical infection is possible but can be managed with proper care and antibiotics. 
  • On rare occasions, the implant can fail to integrate into the bone. It is also possible, although rare, that the implant can become loose over time.
  • There is a very slight risk of nerve damage during an implant procedure. This could lead to numbness or pain. 

Dental Implant Cost

Dental implants can be on the expensive side, so it is important to discuss all financial obligations with your dentist prior to your procedure. The cost of an implant depends on a few factors, such as the complexity of the case, how many implants are needed, and where on the mouth the implant will be placed. In Columbus, OH, the cost for a single dental implant typically ranges from $3,000 to $5,000, which includes the implant, abutment, and crown.

Taking proper care of your mouth after your procedure is crucial to ensuring the success of your implant. This includes maintaining proper oral hygiene, maintaining all regular check-ups and after-care visits, and leading a healthy lifestyle. 

The introduction of dental implants has provided patients a way to restore their smiles to their natural beauty and function. But as with any procedure, it is important to understand the risks and benefits before beginning. By seeking care from an experienced dentist, you can have a beautiful, properly functioning smile that will last a lifetime. Call Polaris Dental Care today at 614-505-7027. 

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