Dental Implants – Norwalk, OH
Filling the Empty Space in Your Smile
At some point, you may need to decide what you’re going to do about a missing tooth or teeth. Leaving the empty space alone is never a good option; it’ll make it much harder to speak and chew properly, and it could even lead to additional oral health problems. In contrast, one of the best choices you can make is to get dental implants in Norwalk. Prosthetic teeth supported by implant posts grant a lot of benefits that you wouldn’t get from other forms of tooth replacement. Contact Sommers Family Dentistry for a consultation today if you’re facing life with a gap in your smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
A dental implant isn’t actually a direct replacement for a tooth; it serves as the “root” for a crown, bridge or denture. The implant post is placed directly into the jaw and integrates with the bone naturally; because of this, not only will your prosthetic tooth or teeth be much more stable and secured in place, but it’ll also help stimulate the jawbone to stop it from deteriorating.
Implants have an extremely high rate of success compared to other restorations – usually estimated at 95% to 98% -- and can last for decades or even a lifetime with the proper care. They also let you eat and drink anything you want, and the prosthetic teeth they support look natural in the mouth.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered whenever there’s tooth loss, but of course “tooth loss” is a pretty broad category. The number of implants you’ll need and the type of tooth replacement they’ll support will be different for every patient.
Missing Single Tooth
You might lose a single tooth to decay or if it’s knocked out by physical trauma. To replace it, you can get a crown attached to an implant post by an abutment. Crowns are made of a dental ceramic that can be shaded and shaped to match your natural teeth; casual observers won’t be able to tell that you have a false tooth!
Missing Multiple Teeth
Some patients are missing three or four teeth in a row. The good news is you won’t necessarily need a dental implant to replace each and every one of them; instead, you can get a dental bridge supported by a pair of implants. Traditional bridges are supported by your other teeth; using dental implants instead will let you save your enamel.
Missing All Teeth
If you’ve lost all or most of your teeth in your upper or lower arch, dentures are probably the best kind of restoration you can get. Full dentures that are retained by 4 to 6 dental implant posts won’t slip and will let you safely chew a wider range of foods.
Team-Based Dental Implant Treatment
To ensure that your implant surgery goes as smoothly as possible, we’ll refer you to a specialist in the area. You’ll receive top quality care from an expert with plenty of experience placing implant posts. Once the implant is firmly integrated with your jawbone, Dr. Norman Sommers or Dr. Adam Sommers will oversee the rest of the process, working with a reputable dental lab to create and place your final restoration.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
There are many different factors that go into determining the final cost of your implants – how many posts are needed, what procedures need to be performed, the type of restoration you’ll get, and so on. We’ll help you form an estimate based on these factors and will work with you to help make sure your new teeth are affordable. Don’t forget, dental implants are a long-term investment in a top-quality smile!
Dental Implant FAQs
If you’re just learning about dental implants for the very first time, there’s no need to worry. Our team is happy to answer any and all questions you may have about treatment. Over the years, our dentists have gotten many questions regarding this revolutionary method of tooth replacement. Below, you can find a handful of these questions and detailed answers from Dr. Adam and Norman Sommers. If you have other questions that aren’t listed, please call our office to set up an implant consultation.
Why do people like dental implants so much?
Over the past couple decades, dental implants have become the gold standard for tooth replacement thanks to their longevity, function, esthetics, and reliability. Many patients appreciate the fact that they can eat foods that are tough or crunchy in nature, which other tooth replacement options do not allow. Additionally, their reliability means they can treat them much like their original teeth. They can even brush and floss them as they did previously for their natural teeth, meaning they won’t have to make dramatic changes to their routine once they have fully healed.
Are there restrictions that will prevent me from receiving dental implants?
There are some necessary conditions patients must follow if they want their dental implant treatment to be a success. For example, they will need to have sufficient bone tissue for the implant posts to integrate inside of. The health of your gums also plays a major role as gum disease can negatively affect the healing process. If you use tobacco in any form, you’ll need to discontinue it as it can also affect healing of the implant inside the soft tissue. As long as you have good oral and overall health as well as enough bone tissue, you should be eligible for dental implants.
How do I maintain my dental implants?
One of the benefits of dental implants is that they don’t require much more care than natural teeth do. As long as you brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and maintain routine visits at our office for exams and cleanings, you can expect your dental implants to last for many decades. What’s even more incredible is that the ceramic restoration covering your implant will not develop decay since it is made from inorganic material. With that said, you do not want to skip your at-home oral care as the gum tissue surrounding the implant can still become damaged.
Can dental implants fail?
While the success rate for dental implants is incredibly high, there are instances where an implant can fail. If the patient uses tobacco during the healing phase of treatment (i.e. immediately after surgery) or the implants were placed without confirming the integrity of the bone tissue, the body can reject it and cause it to fall out or require extraction. However, because our dentists partner with specialists in the area for your care, it’s extremely unlikely that your implants will fail when you follow all of our aftercare instructions.