Steven C. Fox D.D.S.
Periodontics with Services in Dental Implants
4447 Talmadge RD suit F
Toledo, OH 43623
223 W Crawford St, Findlay, OH 45840
FAX (419) 473-1452
FAX (419) 473-1452
Those who have suffered the loss of many or all of their natural teeth, or have a problem with ill-fitting dentures, may want to look into the advantages of dental implants. The dental implant process may involve inserting an anti-rejecting titanium anchor into the bone structure, and after successful healing, a prosthetic partial bridge or crown is placed over the anchor. Other types of implants may be more suitable. Dr. Fox will determine the extent of the problem and consult with you as to whether dental implants would be an appropriate alternative. Contact him for an appointment. He and his staff are genuinely concerned with your dental health care.
What are implants?
Implants are metal posts that are surgically placed beneath
your gums. After placement, the implants fuse to
the bone of your jaw and act as artificial tooth roots.
Replacement teeth - singularly or grouped on a bridge or denture -
are then mounted to the implant.
What are the benefits of implants?
One key advantage of implants is that they fuse to the jawbone, offering stable support to artificial teeth. Dentures, bridges or individual teeth mounted to the implants wont slip or shift in your mouth - an especially important benefit when eating or speaking.
This secure fit also helps replacement teeth feel more natural that conventional bridges or dentures.
Some people may find the stability of implant-supported dentures to be more comfortable than removable dentures.
Can anyone have implants?
Candidates need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant, and they must commit to keeping these structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success and dental implants.
What are the implants made of?
The implant itself is made of metal, usually titanium as it has proven to be very compatible with bone and other tissues. The surface of some implants are treated with a substance that helps them adhere to the bone.
Just like conventional crowns, bridges or dentures, the replacement teeth mounted on the implants are made of porcelain, porcelain and metal, or polymer resin.
Like tooth roots, endosteal implants extend into the jawbone. A sufficient amount of bone is required to support this type of implant.
Is there any way to build up the bone in my jaw to support implants?
Studies suggest that implant placement can be successful in augmented bone. Bone substitutes, either synthetic or natural, can be placed under the gums. Over a period of about size to 12 weeks, these materials can stimulate new bone growth.
Would I need to see a specialist to have implants placed?
Any dentist who places implants, however, should have special training in the procedure.
When asking a dentist qualified to place implants, you should ask:
· how much training the dentist has in this procedure
· how many implant patients he or she has treated
· how long the dentist has been working with implants
What else should I know about implants?
As with any medical or dental procedure, implant placement is not always successful. You and your dentist should discuss complications related to healing factors that could influence long-term retention of the implant.
Placing the implant and allowing the bone to fuse with the implant will take some time. The entire procedure can take place over a few months and usually involves more than one surgical appointment. Your dentist may be able to make a temporary bridge or denture that you can use during this healing period. Placement and adjustment of the artificial teeth also may require more than one fitting.
After placement, the gum tissue may be stitched over the implant for a period from three to six months. During this time the bone attaches to the implant in a process called osseointegration. A second surgery would be needed to attach a post to the implant. Artificial teeth then can be attached to the posts - individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture.
Implant placement also can be costly, and some insurance carriers do not cover this procedure. When considering implants, you should check with your insurer to determine how much of the cost will be covered under your plan.
How can I tell if implants are the right choice for me?
Talk to your dentist. He or she is familiar with your oral health and history, and will help you determine whether dental implants are an option for you.
As part of a thorough evaluation, your dentist will check the condition of your mouth, the supporting bone in your jaw and the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. The dentist may gather additional information by talking dental X-rays or making models of your teeth. This information will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.