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The dentists at Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH, Drs. Ron Solomon and Angela Burleson-Ott, can help you fill the gaps in your smile with long-lasting dental implants. Implants replace your missing teeth from the roots to the crowns, providing you with brand new teeth.
Dental implants replace your tooth roots
Strong roots are essential to the stability of your teeth and make it possible to easily bite and chew a variety of foods. Dental implants replace your missing roots with small titanium posts placed in openings in your jawbone. The implants are added during minor oral surgery performed using local anesthetic for your comfort.
Once in place, the dental implants begin to bond to your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Although osseointegration can take about three to six months to complete, you won't have to face the world with gaps in your smile. During a visit to the Cincinnati dental office, you may receive a temporary bridge that will not only improve your appearance, but make it a little easier to eat as well.
Crowns complete the restoration of your teeth
As soon as your implants are fully bonded, small screws will be added to the tops. The screws will be used to attach dental crowns to the implants in just a few weeks. Crowns look like the parts of your teeth visible above your gum line and are made from an impression of your mouth. When your implants are attached to your crowns, your new tooth will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.
Why osseointegration is so important
Without strong, stable tooth roots, you wouldn't be able to eat anything other than soft foods. In fact, if you tried to bite into an apple or chicken leg, your tooth would wobble uselessly. Thanks to osseointegration, your new roots become just as secure as your natural roots. In fact, your biting power won't be affected even though your tooth is synthetic.
Restoring your lost roots also keeps your jawbone strong by continuing to stimulate it. Stimulation decreases after a tooth is lost, often causing the bone to shrink. If this happens, teeth can loosen and the muscles in your lower face may start to sag. Fortunately, these consequences can be avoided by adding dental implants to your jawbone.
Need dental work? Give us a call
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants? If so, call your dentists, Drs. Solomon and Burleson-Ott of Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH, at (513) 631-8920 to schedule an appointment.
Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.
In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.
Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.
Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.
If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.
The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.
Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.
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.
Interested? Call today
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.