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.