Chagrin Family Dental Care
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Missing teeth can put a serious damper on your life. In addition to changing the way you speak and the appearance of your face, you may not be able to enjoy the same foods you used to, and you may even experience problems socially due to the unfair stigma that we as a society place on missing teeth.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
At Chagrin Family Dental, we have a number of options available to replace missing teeth, including partials, dentures, and bridges. But no tooth-replacement option is more effective and behaves more like your own natural teeth than dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an innovative new option for tooth replacement in which a life-like crown is attached to a titanium post that has been surgically placed into your jaw by an oral surgeon.
Implants have transformed the way in which we replace missing teeth, providing predictable results and functioning just like a natural tooth. Our patients rave about the fact that once the implant has been placed and restored, it’s like “it isn’t even there.”
How Dental Implants Are Placed
Dental implants are placed in two stages. The first stage is the surgical placement of the implant. After meeting with you to discuss dental implants and performing an examination to make sure that implants are the right choice for you, Dr. Hivick will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon to perform the implantation surgery. The procedure doesn’t take long, and once you are fully healed, we can continue with the next step – attaching a crown that has been specially designed just for you to blend in perfectly with your other teeth.
In a nutshell, the implant itself functions like your natural tooth root, and the crown is the part that you can see that mimics the appearance of your own teeth.
Not only have dental implants transformed how we replace single teeth, but we can also replace multiple teeth and even create implant-retained dentures. Patients who are missing a number of teeth are often concerned about the cost of dental implants. By creating a base for dentures with dental implants, you can enjoy both the permanence and security of dental implants along with the lower price of dentures or partials.
The Dental Implant Advantage
While most tooth-replacement systems have come a long way technologically and appear more lifelike than ever before, there is one substantial advantage that dental implants have over other systems.
In addition to holding your teeth in place, the roots of your teeth perform another important function – stimulating the bone and tissue in your jaw to constantly restore and renew itself. When you lose a tooth and the root is no longer present, your jaw tissue begins to deteriorate. You may be familiar with the sunken mouth appearance that develops in people who have been missing teeth for a while. This is caused by shrinking and deteriorating jawbone.
The titanium posts of dental implants not only hold your crown in place, they also act like your natural roots, working to keep your jaw and bone tissue strong and healthy. No other tooth replacement system offers this benefit.
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