Dental Implants – Columbus, OH
Full-Service Implant Dentistry from Mick Family Dental Care
If you've lost one or more permanent teeth for any reason, dental implants can help you reclaim good oral health and wellbeing. Implants are superior to other restorative solutions because they actually have a structure that’s similar to that of a natural tooth. As a result, patients with dental implants can look forward to results that are more solid and secure. Dentists have been using dental implants since the 1970s, and today implants have a 98 percent proven success rate in appropriately chosen cases.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
To provide patients with almost natural stability, dental implants use surgical grade titanium, manufactured to highly precise specifications under strict, sterile conditions. In the first phase of treatment, Dr. Mick will surgically place one or more implant posts into your jawbone, below the gum line. The number of implants you receive will depend on the number of teeth we’re replacing. Using a combination of sedation dentistry and modern anesthetics, you can rest comfortably in our office while we perform the procedure. Not every practice offers full-service implant care, but at Mick Family Dental Care, we’re committed to completing your entire treatment under one roof.
Over time, your jawbone will bond with your metal implant(s), forming a secure foundation onto which your new prosthetic will be attached. Implants are versatile enough to replace a single tooth, a few teeth, or a full upper or lower arch. Dr. Mick will help you determine what kind of restoration you need during the consultation phase of treatment.
Dental Implant FAQs
Indications for Dental Implants
Most people are qualified candidates for dental implants. If you are in general good health and you are willing to maintain excellent daily oral hygiene care, then dental implants could be right for you whether you are missing one or more teeth.
Missing Single Tooth
If you are missing a single tooth, then you will likely only need a single post to support an implant-retained crown. The implant will be positioned in your jawbone beneath the open socket and in such a way that the most bone density is used to anchor the post.
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Missing Multiple Teeth
For several missing teeth, two dental implants can support an implant-retained crown and bridge. The prosthetic will consist of crowns that attach to the implants and false teeth that fill the gap in your smile.
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Missing All Teeth
If you are missing all of your teeth along one arch, then implant-retained dentures or All-On-4 in Columbus could be the ideal solution. You and Dr. Mick will decide which option is best for your particular situation, your lifestyle and your budget.
As great as dental implants are, not everyone who might be considering treatment with them is an ideal candidate. That doesn't mean that implants are completely beyond reach, though. With a special bone grafting procedure, patients who didn’t previously have sufficient bone to support one or more implants may finally qualify for treatment. One common type of bone grafting procedure is a sinus lift. During a sinus lift, bone is added to the patient’s upper jaw, close to the molars. Once your graft area has healed, we will evaluate when the implant can be placed.
Mini Dental Implants
For patients seeking an alternative to traditional implant dentistry, our Columbus, OH office also offers mini dental implants. Imagine visiting our office in the morning and having your procedure completed in just a few hours. That’s exactly what you can look forward to with this revolutionary treatment.
The mini dental implant system is specifically for patients who need to replace a full row of teeth but don’t have enough bone to support full-sized implants. This system combines miniature implants, which act as prosthetic roots when placed in the jaw, with a special retaining fixture that’s installed into the base of your denture. On the day of your treatment, Dr. Mick will perform a minimally invasive, one-step procedure. Afterward, there won’t be any need for sutures, and you can look forward to a much shorter healing time.
Benefits of Dental Implants
So what are the benefits of dental implants in Columbus that make them so advantageous over other tooth replacement options such as dentures or a bridge? Here are a just a few of the reasons:
- Unlike those other options, dental implants substitute for both the root and crown of an absent tooth. The root not only holds the restoration firmly in place, but also provides needed stimulation to your jaw so healthy new bone tissue is generated. This minimizes your risk of more tooth loss as well as changes to the structure of your jaw that could lead to a more aged appearance.
- Dental implants blend in seamlessly with your other teeth. The color will match and the implant’s crown will be appropriate for the shape of the missing tooth.
- You do not need to change your oral hygiene care when you have dental implants. Dentures and bridges must be removed and cleaned nightly. With dental implants, just brush and floss as usual. Moreover, you’ll be able to eat all of you favorite foods with dental implants.
- Implants have a success rate of 98 percent!
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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
You may have already heard that dental implants cost more than dentures or a crown and bridge. While that is usually true, there are several factors to consider when you are choosing the right tooth replacement for you. Dental implants really may end up being the most reasonable investment.
With dental implants there is the charge for implant surgery. Then, there is the cost of abutments, the small piece that connects the implant and restoration, and the type of restoration you need—one dental crown, a bridge or a denture. So while these fees can add to your upfront cost with dental implants, you must consider the value when amortized over decades. After all, dental implants can last a lifetime when they are given proper care.
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Contact Us to Learn More
Do you want to learn more about traditional dental implants or mini dental implants? Mick Family Dental Care serves patients in and around Columbus, OH and will gladly discuss your options with you. Call us today to schedule a private consultation.