Cosmetic Dental Implants
in Columbus OH
Dental implants are the most natural-looking solution with restorations proudly provided by Dr. Schindler. Dental implants from Columbus, Ohio’s Schindler Dentistry can restore function, dignity, and the appearance of anyone who has lost a tooth.
Implants are the preferred replacement for lost teeth. Anchored into the jawbone, implants form a stable foundation for the permanent attachment of the crown, ensuring any shifting or reduction of adjacent teeth does not take place. Implants act as artificial dental roots by transmitting the chewing forces of the jaw, which helps to preserve the jawbone.
You deserve to look and feel your best. Ask Dr. Sharon Schindler how cosmetic implants can help.
What are Dental Implants?
Historically, missing teeth have been replaced with artificial teeth, bridges or dentures, that sit on top of the gums. Dental implants are the missing piece to this puzzle. These titanium posts are artificial roots that anchor replacement teeth to the jaw bone. There are three aspects to dental implants, including:
The implant post. This is the screw-like cylinder that is set into the jaw bone. As bone grows around the post, it becomes stabilized just like a natural tooth root.
The abutment. This is a small piece that connects the implant post to the new tooth.
The restoration. Dental implants can support single crowns, dental bridges, or a full-arch denture.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a popular approach to tooth replacement. Some of the benefits of this process include:
- Natural look and feel. Dental implants are not visible; they sit beneath the gums. There is no artificial gum material needed, and the materials used for crowns, bridges, and dentures look as natural as real teeth.
- Improved confidence. With a fully restored smile, our patients feel like themselves again. They not only look happier but they feel happier, too.
- Comfort. Losing a tooth or several teeth can be uncomfortable. Tooth loss can make it difficult to eat the foods that you love. After dental implant treatment, you can eat whatever you’d like, including steak and crunchy vegetables.
- Improved oral health. Getting a dental implant to replace a single tooth means not having to have two teeth ground down and used as anchors. The anchor for the dental implant is the jaw, which allows the dentist to leave healthy teeth fully intact.
- Improved general health and well-being. Patients who have lived with failing teeth or poorly-fitting dental restorations for some time report that they enjoy an expanded diet after getting dental implants. Having the ability to eat a more balanced diet has positive effects on general health and vitality, not to mention the quality of life.
- Preservation of facial structure. When teeth are lost, there is no stimulation in the affected area that maintains bone regeneration. Some studies suggest that tooth loss can lead to the bone loss within 18 months if the needed stimulation is not reinstated. Dental implants are the vehicles that reinstate that stimulation so the jaw bone can remain dense and high. The sustained structure of the jaw bone reduces the risk of a sunken appearance.
- High success rate. Dental implant treatment was first developed in the 1950s. We’ve had many decades to refine this approach through materials and technological advancements. At this time, success rates are over 98%, and dentists generally expect their patients to retain their implants for their lifetime.
Who are the ideal candidates for dental implants?
The best candidates for dental implants are:
- In good general health. There are healing phases involved in the dental implant process. Certain medical conditions and medication may create risks for optimal healing. A complete history and physical are vital to successful dental implant treatment.
- In good dental health. Primarily, it is the gums that must be examined for good health. If necessary, gum disease may need to be resolved before dental implant treatment can begin.
- Able to commit to a good oral hygiene practice. Ideally, before dental implant treatment, patients will be in the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing the dentist every six months.
- Nonsmokers. If you smoke and are interested in getting dental implants, our best advice is to stop now. Dentists generally ask that patients not smoke for 6 months before their dental procedure. This is because smoking robs tissues of the oxygenation they need to heal optimally.
For dental implant surgery to be successful, patients also need to have sufficient bone structure. Having low bone density or a receded dental ridge used to exclude some patients from getting dental implants. Today, we can address this problem by augmenting the bone before the process begins.
How are Dental Implants Performed?
Dental implant treatment is a process that begins with a consultation and initial evaluation. Dr. Schindler performs a full dental exam and may take multiple x-rays to observe the integrity of the jawbone. Once you are confirmed as a good candidate for dental implants, the minor procedure can be scheduled.
- In most situations, there are three parts to the implant process:
- First, the implant posts are inserted into the jawbone. Gum tissue is stitched over the implants so they can sit undisturbed for several weeks or months.
- Second, the upper portion of the implant post is uncovered with a small nick in the gums. An abutment, or connective piece, is affixed to the top of the implant. Gum tissue is stitched around the abutment.
- Lastly, the crown or other restoration is affixed to the abutment, which will secure the artificial tooth or teeth to the implant stabilized in the jawbone.
What is the recovery from dental implants?
Generally, the dental implant process occurs in stages. This means there are multiple healing periods. Certain guidelines may exist between each. Examples include:
- Nutrition. As implants are healing, the goal is to allow the bone to grow around the posts. Chewing can disrupt this process. While patients must maintain a healthy, balanced diet, they may be advised to avoid foods that require a lot of chewing, such as chicken or steak. A soft food diet may need to be followed for a week or two. Patients may also be encouraged to avoid chewing on the implant if possible.
- Oral hygiene. Patients must maintain good oral hygiene in the treatment area after their implant procedure. This is critical to the prevention of infection. Brushing, flossing, interdental brushing, and oral rinses may be advised by Dr. Schindler.
How painful is it to get dental implants?
Dental implant treatment is not painful. Dr. Schindler is an experienced, extensively-trained dentist who performs all levels of care, including full-mouth restoration. Dental implant procedures are performed with a local anesthetic that numbs the area of the mouth receiving implants. Following the procedure, patients may experience mild to moderate soreness or tenderness that can be managed with over-the-counter medication.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of treatment varies based on several factors, including the number of implants that a patient needs and the materials selected for tooth replacements. We discuss costs and insurance coverage as a part of our initial consultation and evaluation.
Missing a tooth? Dental implants are the best & most natural solution for you.
Benefits of dental implants:
Our cosmetic dentist is an expert in the restoration of dental implants — Dr. Sharon Schindler can restore implants to full function. Columbus, Ohio patients can enjoy beautiful and natural results. We welcome you to make an appointment with Dr. Schindler, to discuss how you can experience this life-changing dental solution.