A missing tooth used to be a permanent problem, but now has a permanent solution: dental implants. Patients in the Columbus area who have missing teeth can greatly benefit from dental implants both cosmetically and functionally.
Though it is a relatively common procedure, this innovative method of tooth replacement can be implemented by only the most technically skilled dentists, such as Dr. Gilmer.
The procedure begins with a comprehensive oral exam, a full set of X-rays, and a complete review of the patient’s medical history. Before the individual is determined to be a good candidate for dental implants, a complete review of the patient’s oral habits is taken into consideration. A treatment plan is created to meet the specific needs of the patient and, by the end of the initial visit with cosmetic dentistry services, the patient will have a full understanding of what the treatment entails and the cost associated with it.
Patients with a long history of missing teeth or poor oral hygiene typically do not qualify for placement of implants. Soft tissue contours and changes over time and cannot be rebuilt without extensive surgical procedures that involve modifications to the existing gingiva. If any widespread soft tissue discrepancies are noted by the dentist, the patient will be presented with other options of tooth replacement.
After the implants have been placed and the healing process is completed, the restoration process begins. Single crowns or bridges are fabricated to imitate the patient’s natural smile. Porcelain restorations are placed over the implants and seamlessly blend with the existing teeth. Fully edentulous (toothless) patients benefit from the application of dentures mimicking their natural smile line. Dental implants serve as anchors and help with the retention of the dentures and quality of chewing and speech patterns. Proper facial tissue support provided by superbly manufactured dentures elevates the patient’s confidence and correct how the jaw lines up. Nothing can replace the effect a smile can have on a person but the right, competent dentist can replace and mend the teeth in a smile.
The costs of dental implants may be of concern to you. The Dental Center at Easton may be able to offer you a payment plans or other financing options to help alleviate the financial burden of this life changing treatment option. We know that a smile is often worth more than monetary value so we are willing to work with patients to give them the best smile possible. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact our Easton Town Center dental office in Columbus Ohio at 614-414-0111.