Dental Implants in Columbus, OH
Traditional tooth replacement methods only restore those parts of teeth visible when patients smile, but dental implant supported tooth replacements offer patients a treatment option that renews the entire tooth from the roots up. The dental implant tooth replacement process takes two phases to complete. During the initial step in process, Dr. Eric Buck and the Creative Smiles team partner with a local specialist to have a number of dental implants placed below the gum line. Following the placement of the dental implant post or posts, the patient needs to wait three to six months to allow the implant to fuse with the jawbone before returning to our Columbus, OH dental practice where we’ll attach a custom dental restoration completing their smile. If you’re interested in finding out more about dental implant supported tooth replacement, contact our dedicated team to schedule a consultation today.
Restoration of Implants
Once the dental implant has fused with the jawbone and gum tissue, patients return to our office for the restoration phase of the tooth replacement process. Patients missing one to four consecutive missing teeth will be given a dental implant supported crown or bridge. One to two replacement teeth are typically supported by a single implant, and three or four replacement teeth are anchored to an implant post at either end.
Implant Retained Dentures
Patients with more extensive tooth loss may want to consider dental implant supported partial or full dentures. Implant-retained partials fill the gaps in patients’ smiles. The number of implant posts necessary to support the partial is dependent upon the number and location of missing teeth, but in most cases, partials require three to six strategically placed implant posts. Full dentures resemble the removable variety, but have added stability when connected to implant posts. Typically, four to six implants provide adequate support for a full denture.