What’s your favorite summer movie been so far? We liked Dunkirk. As you’re watching any film, it’s easy to forget there’s so much more to what goes on behind the scenes — the writers, director, and crew do the bulk of the work and make the actors look good. You know what? It’s the same with dental implants in Columbus! This comprehensive tooth replacement provides a prosthetic root for your visible pearly white, which get all the smile credit.
Eligible candidates really can’t go wrong with dental implants. The only tooth replacement option that replaces your tooth’s root as well as its crown, dental implants stabilize your jawbone and help you eat, speak, and smile with full confidence. Patients who are in good oral and overall health are typically eligible for this replacement option, which can support a single crown, a partial bridge, or a complete denture in the upper or lower jaw.
The total treatment time for dental implants can take anywhere from six to 12 months, but patients agree it is worth the investment in time for a sturdy tooth replacement option. So what’s exactly involved with dental implant procedures? We’re glad you asked. Without further ado, it’s take a look at the treatment process for dental implants!
Act One: Surgical Placement
Once we determine that dental implants are the best option for your tooth replacement, Dr. Buck will partner with a local guest star — an oral surgeon to complete the surgical placement of each implant post. If your teeth have been missing for many months or if you have had serious gum disease, you may need a preparatory bone grafting procedure before you can get dental implants. A bone graft or sinus lift adds volume to the area where tissue has been lost for successful anchoring of each dental implant.
Your oral surgeon will examine the area of tooth loss and use precise surgical guides to ensure each implant post is placed exactly where it should for maximum success. After the procedure, the gums are sewn shut and you may be given a temporary tooth replacement to wear while healing takes place.
Time to stretch your legs! The recovery time between placement and recovery — or the intermission, if you will — is vital to the success of the dental implants. In this four to six month period, the titanium dental implants will heal with your jawbone, gradually fusing together until the implants are just another part of your jaw. It is important to practice healthy lifestyle habits and maintain a balanced diet without tobacco use.
Act Two: Restoration and Your New Smile!
After your jawbone has healed, it’s time for the restoration, or when you return to Creative Smiles for your new tooth replacement. Think of this as the climax. We will attach your crown, bridge, or denture to the dental implants — and that’s it! You’re ready to enjoy your new, beautiful smile. If you’d like to give us a standing ovation at this point, we’d understand.
Lights, Camera, Action: Contact Us Today!
Are you interested in benefitting from the very best in tooth replacement? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your dentist in Columbus. We want to help you enjoy an Oscar-worthy smile with dental implants! Request an appointment today.