A missing tooth can really take a toll on your quality of life. It can make chewing difficult and smiling embarrassing. Plus, missing teeth can cause neighboring teeth to shift and cause jawbone deterioration.
That’s why replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant can be so life-changing! You’ll improve your dental function, prevent dental complications, and finally have a smile you’ll be proud to show off.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, consider joining the 3 million Americans and counting who are enjoying the advantage of dental implants!
At Bell Dental Group, we pride ourselves on providing great restorative care in the Cincinnati, OH area. Read on to learn more about dental implants. Then, give us a call at 513-802-9440 to schedule a free dental implant consultation.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small post made of durable titanium, a biocompatible metal that’s used in pacemakers, hip replacements, and other medical-grade items. The dental implant is inserted into the gums and serves as a replacement root for the missing tooth. The jawbone actually heals around the dental implant, holding it securely in place just like it would a real tooth.
The dental implant is topped with a dental restoration, like a dental crown or dental bridge, which replaces the visible portion of the missing tooth or teeth. A dental crown is a single-tooth prosthetic, while a dental bridge is used to replace a series of missing teeth.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are as close as you can get to new teeth! That’s because when the bone heals around the dental implants, your prosthetic simply becomes part of you. You don’t have to worry about special fasteners or connectors. It’ll stay securely in place.
Plus, dental implants require no special care or dietary restrictions. You just treat them as you would your natural teeth! You’ll brush twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-bristle toothbrush. It’s also important to floss once a day and routinely visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings.
With proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime! Dental implants are truly an investment in your long-term oral health.
What Is The Procedure For Getting A Dental Implant?
In most cases, getting a dental implant will require a few trips to the dentist. First, we’ll review your medical and dental history to ensure that you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Then, we’ll create a treatment plan to fit you and your needs.
Then, you’ll come back for the placement of the dental implant. We’ll place the dental implant into the bone socket of the missing tooth and wait for it to heal. During the healing process is when the bone fuses to the dental implant. You’ll come back again to have the dental implant topped with a custom abutment and dental restoration.
We’ll make sure that your dental crown and bridge blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, and you’ll leave the office with a healthier and more beautiful smile!
Does It Hurt To Get A Dental Implant Placed?
Many patients say that getting a dental implant placed is actually less painful than a tooth extraction. Still, we take extra care to ensure your comfort before, during, and after the dental implant placement procedure.
During your procedure, we can supply you with a cozy neck pillow and a warm blanket to help you relax. We can also offer two types of dental sedation to further minimize pain and stress.
Nitrous oxide, perhaps more commonly known as laughing gas, is a fast-acting sedative administered through a small mask that covers your nose. You’ll take a few deep breaths, and you’ll find that you feel a sense of calm or euphoria. The effects of nitrous oxide also go away almost immediately once we turn off the gas after your procedure, so you’ll be able to drive yourself home afterward.
Oral conscious sedation is administered in the form of a pill, which we’ll prescribe for you and have you take at a certain time before your appointment. The effects of oral sedation can vary slightly from person to person, but it’ll most likely make you feel groggy but ultimately relaxed. Unlike nitrous oxide, the effects of oral conscious sedation can last longer than your procedure, so we ask that you arrange a ride to and from your appointment if you opt for this form of sedation.
Experience Dental Implants For Yourself!
You no longer have to go through life with missing teeth! Experience the benefits of dental implants for yourself. You’ll be able to chew your favorite foods with ease once again, and you’ll love your new smile.
So what are you waiting for? Call Bell Dental Group today at 513-802-9440 to schedule your free consultation and find out whether dental implants are right for you! You can also fill out our convenient online form.