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How dental implants from your dentists in Cincinnati, Ohio can give you back your smile
If you are missing teeth, it’s easy to think you may never get your smile back. Fortunately, the truth is that you can get your smile back, stronger and more beautiful than ever! The answer is dental implants, the most stable and reliable solution to replace missing teeth. Here at Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH, Drs. Ron Solomon and Angela Burleson-Ott offer dental implants and other dental services to give you back your smile—read on to learn more!
What dental implants can do for you
Dental implants are the best tooth replacement solution because they are:
- Natural looking; the dental implant crown is made of light reflective materials that look just like natural tooth enamel.
- Stable; implants are fully surrounded by bone, so they will never move around, even with the most vigorous chewing.
- Healthy; you can brush and floss dental implants just like natural teeth, so it’s easy to keep your smile healthy.
- Worry-free; dental implants will never decay and they resist staining, allowing them to remain beautiful for years.
- Conservative; only the dental implant are is treated.
Aside from these characteristics, one of the most important benefits of dental implants is that they help conserve and maintain the bone in your jaw. More bone means a stronger, firmer jawline, and more youthful facial contours.
Finally, dental implants are also the most successful surgical implant, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
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Dental implants can help you get your smile back, an action that will restore your self-esteem, confidence, and full chewing strength! To find out more about dental implants and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, call Drs. Ron Solomon and Angela Burleson-Ott at Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dial (513) 631-8920 today!
People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.
But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.
Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.
But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.
Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.
In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.
The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.
Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
Due to financial circumstances, people often have a lost tooth restored with a removable partial denture, an effective appliance that restores function and a degree of aesthetic appearance. Later, though, they may want to improve both function and appearance with a dental implant.
If this describes you, you’re making a great choice. Dental implants are the closest technology we have to a natural tooth. But there may be a roadblock to your implant, especially if a long time has passed since your tooth loss—there may not be enough bone at the site to place an implant.
The heart of an implant is a titanium metal post surgically imbedded in the jawbone. The titanium naturally attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to it to form a solid hold that can support a porcelain crown or other restorations like bridges or dentures. But to achieve a natural appearance it’s important that the implant is placed in the right location. To achieve that requires adequate bone.
But there may not be adequate bone if the tooth has been missing for a while. The forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the jawbone, which stimulates bone growth. If that stimulus is absent because of a missing tooth, new bone cells may not replace older ones at a healthy rate and the total bone volume begins to diminish. A denture can’t compensate and, in fact, accelerates bone loss.
But there may be a solution: bone grafting. With this procedure we place a donor bone graft into the area of bone deficiency some time before implant surgery. The graft serves as a scaffold for new bone cells to grow upon. Hopefully, this will produce enough healthy bone to support an implant. If the bone deficiency is minor, we may place the implant and the bone graft at the same time.
If you have experienced bone loss, we must first determine the amount of bone at the missing tooth site and whether grafting is a viable option. Bone grafting postpones your implant, but the delay will be worth the wait if we’re successful. With increased bone volume you’ll be able to obtain a new tooth that’s superior to your current restoration.
Close the gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants look and function like natural teeth so you can restore your smile and resume normal tooth functions, such as biting and chewing. Closing the gaps in your smile and restoring normal tooth functioning are just two benefits of dental implants, but there are many more. At Cornerstone Dental Group, Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott are your Cincinnati dentists for dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a long-term option for replacing missing teeth. During the treatment process, the base of the dental implant is placed into the jawbone. The dental implant becomes fused to the jawbone over time. Not only do dental implants permanently replace missing teeth and fill in gaps, they can be used to bite and chew food just like natural teeth.
There are three parts to a dental implant, including a metal implant, an abutment, and a porcelain crown. The metal implant is the portion that is placed into the jawbone. It acts as the tooth root and anchors the entire dental implant in place. The abutment is installed on top of the implant and serves to attach the porcelain crown to the implant. The crown serves as the replacement tooth and is the only portion of the dental implant that is visible. The crown looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer many benefits beyond closing the gaps in your smile. In addition to restoring your smile, dental implants restore tooth functioning and improve speech. Gaps in your smile can affect the placement of the tongue when speaking, which can alter speech. Filling in the gaps with dental implants corrects tongue placement and improves speech. In Cincinnati, dental implants are available at Cornerstone Dental Group where Dr. Solomon or Dr. Burleson-Ott can explain how dental implants will benefit you specifically. Dental implants can do the following:
- Close the gaps in your smile
- Replace missing teeth
- Permanent installation
- Dental adhesives not needed
- Look and function like natural teeth
- Restore biting and chewing functions
- Improve speech affected by gaps
- Reduce wear and tear on surrounding teeth
Replace missing teeth and close the gaps in your smile with dental implants. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Solomon or Dr. Burleson-Ott, your Cincinnati dentists for dental implants, contact Cornerstone Dental Group by calling (513) 631-8920.
Dental implants are today’s closest restorative facsimile to natural teeth. And they’re versatile: not only can they replace single teeth but they can also support bridges or dentures.
But since one of their crucial components is made of metal, are you out of luck obtaining this state-of-the-art dental restoration if you have a metal allergy?
The answer is: probably not—it’s rare for implants to cause an allergic reaction. Still, metal allergies can be a potential problem within your mouth as with other areas of health.
An allergy originates from the body’s necessary response to potentially harmful microorganisms or substances. Sometimes, however, this response becomes chronic and exaggerated, creating an allergy. People can have allergies to nearly anything with responses ranging from a minor rash to a potentially life-threatening multi-organ system shutdown (anaphylactic shock).
A small number of people have allergies to particular metals. One of the most common is nickel, which affects an estimated 17% of women and 3% of men; cobalt and chromium are also known to cause allergies. Consumer exposure, particularly metal contact with the skin through jewelry or clothing, is the most prevalent, but not the most concerning. That’s reserved for metal allergies related to medical devices like coronary stents or hip and knee prostheses. And in dentistry, there are rare occasions of inflammation or rashes from metal amalgam fillings.
Which brings us to dental implants: the main metal post that’s inserted into the jawbone is usually made of titanium. It’s the metal of choice for two reasons: it’s bio-compatible, meaning the body normally accepts its presence; and it’s osteophilic, which means bone cells readily grow and adhere to it, a major reason for implant durability.
While it’s possible for someone to have an allergy and subsequent reaction to implants with titanium, the occurrences appear to be extremely low. In one study of 1,500 patients, titanium allergies were estimated to be a factor in implant failures in less than 1% of those studied.
Even so, if you have known metal allergies you should make sure your dentist knows. Being aware of all the facts will help them recommend the best tooth replacement choice for you—and hopefully it will be dental implants.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”