As many as two-thirds of adults older than 35 have lost one or more teeth. At Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc., Dr. Randall Stastny offers dental implants that can help restore your mouth’s appearance and function. If you live in Cincinnati or the surrounding area, call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about dental implants.
Dental implants are a permanent, effective replacement for missing teeth. They consist of surgically implanted metal posts to which a crown is attached to look and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants are superior to bridges and dentures because they promote bone health and won’t slip.
Implants look and feel like natural teeth. They offer many benefits when you’re missing teeth, including:
If you have a missing tooth, or teeth, and adequate bone structure to support the implant, you’re a good candidate. You must also have good gum health, as healthy soft tissue supports the implant. You must commit to maintaining positive oral health habits for the long term, including regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings.
If you and Dr. Stastny agree that an implant is right for you, he’ll surgically place the post into your bone. After 3-6 months, the bone grows around the post and an abutment – or attachment – is added to the implant. A crown, which is a false tooth, is adhered to the post and abutment.
Getting a dental implant is a relatively straightforward procedure that doesn’t cause a lot of discomfort. You’re placed under local anesthesia during the entire process, with only mild soreness afterward that can be controlled with over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication.
Care for dental implants just as you do your natural teeth. Commit to brushing at least two times per day and flossing once per day. Regular check ups and professional cleanings keep gum disease from becoming a serious problem and compromising the integrity of your implants.
Learn more about dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth by calling Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc. or booking an appointment online.