Missing Multiple Teeth – Columbus, OH
Dental Implants are Natural Replacements for Missing Teeth
Honestly—how long have you been dealing with the challenges of missing multiple teeth in Columbus? Whether the answer to that question is a month, a year or a decade, now is the time for replacement. But you shouldn’t just replace the crowns of missing teeth—the portion above the gum line. Think about the portion that hides every time you smile, too. A tooth root is so important to your oral health, and dental implants replace both the crown and root of missing teeth. Therefore, they look, feel and function more like natural teeth. Multiple tooth implants can be the perfect solution if you are missing several teeth.
Prosthetics Without Dental Implants
Not all teeth replacements require having dental implants. There are some that can still provide the look of natural teeth and restore your ability to enjoy a more varied diet.
Crown and Bridge. To replace several missing teeth in a row, a crown and bridge—also called a fixed bridge—can be an ideal choice for some patients. Crowns are mounted on healthy teeth that are adjacent to the gap in your smile. These in turn support false teeth that fill in for missing teeth.
Partial Dentures. If your missing teeth are not consecutive, then a partial denture can be designed to fit like a puzzle piece between the teeth that you still have. A partial consists of a metal frame with false teeth. Clips or clasps attach to your own teeth in order to hold the partial in place.
Full Dentures. If you are missing all of your teeth along one or both arches, then there is always a full denture. False teeth made of acrylic resin are mounted on a gum-colored base. A denture rests on top of your gums and is held in place with natural suction and adhesive.
Placing Dental Implants
If you and Dr. Mick decide that dental implants in Columbus are the right choice for you, then you must plan on the entire process taking several months.
There is likely prep work that needs to be completed first. Tooth extraction may be necessary in some cases, or you may need bone or tissue graft surgery. In any case, a complete set of digital X-rays and scans are necessary to ensure that your dental implants are placed properly.
Next comes the implant surgery. With multiple tooth implants, several incisions are made in your gums to expose a small section of your jawbone. Dr. Mick then secures implants in the exposed bone. Over the following months, your gum tissue will heal while the implants and surrounding bone tissue fuse together to create a strong foundation for your new tooth.
Finally, an implant-supported crown, bridge, partial or full denture is attached to your implants.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several benefits:
- Implants are independent, so they do affect your other teeth
- Roots and crowns are replaced with dental implants
- Implants stay where they are placed and are immovable
- The shape of your jaw as well as your gum tissue volume are preserved with implants
- For cleaning, dental implants need only brushing and flossing
- With proper oral hygiene care and regular dental checkups, implants can last for 30 years or more, while other prosthetics need regular maintenance and eventual replacement