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!