Dental Implants – Bowling Green, OH
Replace Missing Teeth Naturally and Seamlessly
If you’re missing a tooth, you have two options: replace it or don’t. If you don’t replace your tooth, you face all kinds of complications with your diet and appearance, and recent studies show that a missing tooth greatly increases your chances of losing more teeth. There are several options available for replacing a missing tooth. Research shows that dental implants are the only sure way to prevent jawbone deterioration and additional tooth loss. Schedule your visit with Dr. Ryan D. Hoehner or Dr. Jeffrey T. Kaiser at our Bowling Green, OH dental office today!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the ideal tooth-replacement option, because they replace the missing tooth's root as well as the crown. Dental implants do not require support from adjacent teeth, and they keep the jawbone strong because it has a purpose – to support the tooth's root. With dental implants, patients do not experience increased tooth decay or sensitivity as with bridges. Dental implants have a success rate of 95 to 98%, and can also secure dentures, partials, or bridgework. With regular oral hygiene, dental implants last most people for a lifetime.
Furthermore, dental implants look the most natural compared to other tooth replacements. There’s no need to worry about whether or not your new restoration will blend in with the rest of your smile. With dental implants, you can smile with confidence around your friends and family without them being the wiser.
Indications for Dental Implants
Your dentist will evaluate your specific case to determine which tooth option is right for you. Whether this is a single crown, bridge or denture, implants can effectively hold them all!
Missing Single Tooth
To replace one tooth, a single implant and porcelain crown are attached via an abutment. Porcelain works to make your new smile look as natural as possible. It’s also extremely durable, more stain-resistant than natural enamel, and even designed to reflect light in the same way as real teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Dental bridges can easily be affixed to two dental implants on either end. Instead of relying on natural teeth to anchor the bridge, dental implants keep the bridge stable and your bite even. Not only can you replace multiple teeth at a time this way, but you don’t need to remove any tooth structure to do so like you would traditional bridges.
Missing All Teeth
Both partial and complete dentures can be customized to fit with dental implants. They can even be designed to be removable or fixed, depending on your needs.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
To receive dental implants, you must be in good health and have adequate bone structure. Minor pre-operatory procedures like bone and sinus grafts may be necessary to prepare you for implant surgery, which can ultimately lead to higher costs. For patients who cannot withstand traditional implants, mini dental implants provide a viable alternative, which carry their own unique cost as well.
If the cost of dental implants makes you apprehensive, just know that you are making a long-term investment incomparable to other tooth replacement options. Dentures are popular, but they require more time and money to replace later. Dental bridges can last for about 10 years, but can easily cause tooth decay in nearby teeth and require root canal therapy. For these reasons, dentists often consider them to be the most cost-effective solution.
Dental Implant FAQs
When preparing for any type of restorative dental procedure, you want to know the facts, right? If you’ve chosen dental implants in Bowling Green, Dr. Jeffrey T. Kaiser and his team want to help answer any questions or concerns you might have about your new smile, which is why we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you to review. Whether you want to know if insurance covers your implant placement or if you can switch from dentures to dental implants, we’ve got you covered.
Will My Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
There are so many different dental insurance companies that you cannot answer “yes” or “no.” The only way to find out if you are covered for any or all of your dental implant procedure is to call and review your policy. Most insurances do not offer coverage for the actual surgery, but you might be surprised to learn that you may not have to pay much, if any, out of pocket for other aspects of the procedure, including:
- Bone grafts, sinus lift, gum disease therapy, or any other pre-implant procedure
- The initial consultation with Dr. Kaiser
- Your custom restoration, whether it is a dental crown, implant bridge, or implant-retained denture
- Anesthesia or sedation
How Long Will the Entire Process Take?
The average duration for dental implant placement is around 6 months. The reason for this is that it occurs in stages. The first stage requires a consultation. You will meet with Dr. Kaiser to discuss your goals, as well as have him examine your mouth in its entirety. Evaluating your teeth, gums, jawbone, and overall health, he will be able to determine if you are a qualified candidate for dental implants.
You can also expect to have impressions taken of your teeth, as this will assist the dental technicians in building and customizing your permanent prosthetic, incorporating the desired color, size, and shape.
The second phase includes the actual placement of the implants. Your dentist in Bowling Green will make one or more incisions in your gums depending on the number of implants you’ll be having placed. He will then surgically place the implants into your jawbone before closing up the site and sending you home. You will spend the next 3-6 months healing at home and allowing osseointegration to occur, which is the fusing of the implant to the bone.
Once you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to have the abutments placed, which are the appliances that connect the implant to the restoration, and your custom-made prosthetic secured.
Can I Switch from Dentures to Dental Implants?
After many years of wearing dentures, some patients find that dental implants are a much more reliable solution. Once Dr. Kaiser has examined your jawbone and determined it is strong enough to hold up a dental implant and the custom restoration, you can make the switch. However, if your bone is deteriorating or weakening, it may be necessary for you to first undergo a bone graft or sinus lift to create additional bone support.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
To determine if you qualify for dental implants, Dr. Kaiser will survey the following areas:
- Status of your oral and overall health
- The strength of your jawbone
- Lifestyle habits (i.e. smoking) and any conditions you have (i.e. autoimmune disorder, diabetes)
- How your overall health will impact your new smile