Dental Implants are an artificial replacement, used to replace a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. By replacing missing tooth roots, implants offer more than an enhancement, providing patients with the strength and durability required to eat all the foods they love, without struggling to chew. To determine if Implants are right for you, a consultation with Dr Johnson is needed. Dr Johnson will conduct a through examination of your teeth and gums. Digital x-rays are needed to ensure that sufficient bone structure exists for placing the Implant(s) and to determine exact location where the Implant should be placed. For the patient who is concerned about metals, we are able to offer Ceramic Implants (Z-Systems). At this time, Dr John Johnson is the only Dentist in the state of Ohio performing the Ceramic Implants. Please call and schedule an appointment to discuss these options.
Dental implant treatment is bringing back joy and quality of life to millions of dental patients around the world.
Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement
Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don't! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but a missing tooth or teeth can contribute to neighboring teeth tipping, crowding, or extruding; ruining a good bite, ultimately ending in other teeth being lost, or damaged.
Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth. Dental implants should always be discussed as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. As the success rate of dental implants has climbed to nearly 100% many in the dental profession consider implants more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or crown or anchors for a complete set of replacement teeth, replacing a loose denture or teeth that have been lost to gum disease (see gum disease section).
Benefits of Dental Implants
With the exception of your natural teeth, nothing looks more natural than an implant. Dental implants are so natural looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
- Dental implants are esthetically pleasing
- Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth
- Dental implants prevent bone and gum tissue loss that can happen with regular bridges
- Dental implants are the most advanced tooth replacement system available today.
- Dental implants preserve the jawbone, which can prevent premature aging and that "sunken-in" look
- Dental implants are tooth saving
- Dental implants never develop decay
- Dental implants never require root canals
- Successful dental implants provide as strong a bite as a natural healthy tooth
- They are highly reliable
- More than nine out of ten implants last longer than 15 years
- Implants will allow you to eat the food you desire without having to worry about wobbles or clicks and using glues or adhesives
- There is no age limit to those who can receive dental implants; in fact we have successfully placed dental implants in patients ranging in age from 16 –85 years. Research has shown similar success
Current Statistics Related To Implants
- 2 million implants are placed annually
- 44 million Americans have at least one quadrant with missing teeth in the posterior
- By the year 2020, there will be 61 million denture wearers
- 28% of denture wearers are taking medications for GI disorders
- 7% of denture wearers don't wear their denture
- Annually, $200,000,000 is spent on dental adhesives
Top Questions Most Commonly Asked About Implants
What are the advantages of Dental Implants?
Replacing a lost tooth is vital to maintaining the overall health and function of the surrounding teeth. It helps avoid tooth movement and loss of structure. It is necessary to avoid loss of bone from the jaw in that area. Dental implants are an effective means of counteracting these problems. Dental implants are also very strong and provide a feel as close to a natural tooth as can be currently achieved. Further,
implants reduce the impact of the lost tooth on surrounding teeth, as traditional bridge structures often require filing down of the two adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place with crowns. Implanting avoids such alterations to the surrounding teeth when replacing a lost tooth.
Dental implants, when replacing dentures, provide even more benefits. Dentures are notorious for slipping at the worst possible moments. Poorly fitting dentures can even affect diet, restricting food selections to easily chewed foods. Implants eliminate the possibility of slipping or pinching, and allow food of almost all types to be eaten. In short, dental implants are the closest way to surgically restore a natural tooth to its original condition.
Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?
Implant patients are of all ages and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They are especially practical for
patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. We can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical
There are three basic uses for Dental Implants:
1. As an artificial root for a single tooth replacement
2. As anchors for a fixed or removable denture to replace multiple teeth
3. As anchors for a full bridge or full denture to replace all of your teeth instead of a regular removable denture
Are there different kinds of implants?
There are many shapes, sizes and brands of implants available. We place Astra Implants when a patient requires a titanium implant. We place Z-System Implants when a patient needs to be metal free.
Do I have enough bone?
It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. We will assess this and advise you if additional bone material is needed.
Will this take a long time?
Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Each situation needs a separate evaluation.
What are Ceramic Implants - Z-System
An all-ceramic dental crown over an all-ceramic dental implant looks and functions very much like the missing tooth did. Ceramic implants provide metal-free restoration, eliminating concerns of allergies and biocompatibility issues with the immune system. The term ?ceramics? applies to a wide range of materials that, when compared to traditionally used metal implants, are harder and have higher temperature resistance, strength, lower density and excellent resistance to corrosion. These properties make ceramics invaluable for use in the oral environment where high temperature, corrosion and constant abrasion is ever present. Owing to its biocompatibility, low density and ability to withstand abuse, ceramics have a place in the world of dental implants. The zirconium implant is of the highest quality material and the best choice for dental implantation, and the preference of holistic dentists everywhere. These qualities include;
- Biocompatibility: zirconium is an inert material with very low allergic potential Strength: The strength of the zirconia dental implant is exceptional compared to other metal implants
- Metal-free: no corrosion, no galvanism effect, no metallic taste, no electronic disturbances
Studies have shown that ceramic dental implants are excellent for making it possible for the bone to grow right up to the implant surface allowing the implant to be held securely in place by the bone. This process typically takes six months to completely heal before the restorative crown can be placed.