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Dental Implants – Beachwood, OH

Replacing The Entire
Structure Of Missing Teeth

 

Dental implants in Beachwood are a unique restorative treatment because they don’t just repair the part of your missing teeth that’s above the gums, like dental bridges and dentures do. They anchor prosthetics to posts that are bonded with your jawbone to provide a variety of unique advantages, setting them apart from traditional solutions. Whether you’re missing one tooth or all of your teeth, you may be able to benefit from this advanced procedure. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Koops today to discuss dental implants in Beachwood, OH!

Why Choose Orange Place Family Dentistry for Dental Implants?

  • American Academy of
    Implant Dentistry Member
  • Sedation Dentistry
    Available
  • In-House
    Dental Laboratory

What is a
Dental Implant?

Three animated dental implant supported dental crowns

A dental implant is a post, typically made of titanium, that is placed below your gumline and in your jawbone to replace the root structure of missing teeth. The posts are able to naturally fuse with the jawbone due to their biocompatible nature, allowing them to provide several unique benefits. Once this process is complete, a customized crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the implants to complete your smile.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

How dental implants work in Beachwood

At Orange Place Family Dentistry, we are pleased to perform start-to-finish dental implant placement and restoration so that you walk away with exceptional results. While each patient requires a unique treatment plan, the same four steps must be followed to ensure successful placement and osseointegration as well as a stable, functional, and beautiful smile. To learn more about the steps you can expect to take, keep reading and call us with any questions.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Dental implant consultation between female patient and dentist

The start of the dental implant process requires a scheduled consultation with Dr. Koops. While discussing the option of receiving dental implants, he will examine your smile and take necessary images to better evaluate the status of your jawbone. He will also go over your medical history, as certain health conditions (i.e., diabetes, autoimmune disorders, etc.) can make dental implant placement more challenging. Your oral health will also be under review, as any signs of decay or gum disease must be treated before moving forward with implant placement.

Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery

Whether you are given the green light immediately after your consultation to schedule your dental implant surgery or you must wait to undergo preliminary procedures like bone grafting or periodontal treatment, the entire process will be performed in-house. Dr. Koops will administer local anesthesia so that you feel no pain or discomfort throughout treatment. He will then make one or more small incisions in the gums so that the vacant socket is exposed. Using the information previously collected, he will position each implant into its appropriate place before closing the gum tissue and placing healing caps over the posts.

Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment

Up-close view of dental implant parts

When finished with surgery, you will be instructed to return home and rest. Osseointegration is a process that must occur successfully if your new smile is to last 30 years or more. This means that the implant posts must fuse with the underlying bone tissues. This will ensure that a firm and stable foundation is prepared to support a customized restoration. After healing from your surgery, you will be called back into our office to receive your metal abutments, which are small, metal connector appliances that keep the restoration attached to the implant post(s).

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

A young man after dental implant placement

When ready, your custom-made crown, bridge, or denture will be available for placement when you return to our dental office. Here, we will perform a quick evaluation of your posts to ensure they are firmly in place before securing your new teeth on top. We’ll ask about the fit and comfort, as we want you to feel good about your new smile. Once everything is in place, you will be free to leave and start enjoying the many benefits of these customized prosthetics.

Benefits of
Dental Implants

Woman with dental implant replacement teeth eating a green apple

Dental implants are easily distinguished from other traditional restorative solutions because they offer so many benefits for your oral and overall health. These advantages make them a popular choice and recommendation among patients and professionals alike. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy when you invest in dental implants:

Day-to-Day Benefits

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Once you’ve healed from the dental implant procedure, you’ll be able to enjoy immediate benefits, such as:

  • Easier Maintenance – With traditional dentures, you need to attend routine adjustment appointments and buy special oral hygiene products. The same cannot be said for dental implants; simply brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash like you normally would!
  • Increased Confidence – Since dental implants are fused directly to your jawbone, they are incredibly stable. That means you won’t have to worry about slipping and shifting while you’re talking, eating, or going about your day-to-day life.
  • Ability to Eat Most Foods – Tooth loss can make chewing uncomfortable. Fortunately, dental implants can fill the gaps in your smile, allowing you to enjoy a delicious and varied diet once more.

Health Benefits

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Of course, dental implants also benefit your oral and overall health. Here are a few examples:

  • Jawbone Preservation – Dental implants are unique in several ways, including the fact that they are the only tooth-replacement solution that can preserve your jawbone.
  • Protection for Your Natural Teeth – Since dental implants are self-supporting, we don’t need to alter your healthy, natural teeth in any way.
  • Better Overall Health – In addition to preventing dental drift, dental implants help prevent other problems, like indigestion and malnutrition.

Long-Term Benefits

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Although dental implants require a larger upfront investment, they come with several long-term benefits that make them well worth the cost, including:

  • High Success Rate – Dental implants have an impressive success rate of 95%, and it’s even higher for patients who don’t smoke.
  • Youthful Appearance – While the post stimulates your jawbone to prevent bone loss, the visible portion of your dental implant (the crown, bridge, or denture) preserves your facial structure by keeping cheeks from appearing sunken.
  • Long-Lasting Results – Arguably one of the biggest perks of dental implants is that they can last for 35+ years with routine maintenance, like brushing twice a day and getting a checkup and cleaning every six months.

If you would like to learn more about what sets dental implants apart from the rest of your tooth replacement options, call our team of friendly professionals! We’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Model of healthy natural teeth and dental implant supported replacement tooth

The dental implant process varies from patient-to-patient, which is why the first step is always to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koops. During your appointment, our team will take images of your mouth and conduct an examination of your teeth and gums. We’ll be looking for how dense your jawbone is, if your oral health is in good shape, and we’ll also ask you about your medical history. With this information, we can help you determine whether dental implants are a worthwhile investment.

If so, we’ll go ahead and begin outlining a treatment plan for you. Based on our findings, we’ll walk you through the different prosthetics that we can use, depending on how many teeth you’re missing, and how many dental implants we’ll need to place during the surgery.

Animated dental implant supported dental crown

Missing Single Tooth

For a single missing tooth, we’ll place one dental implant in the gap below the gumline. Once it fuses with the jawbone, we can anchor a customized crown to the post and fill the gap. This will keep your surrounding teeth from drifting out of place to close the space naturally.

Animated dental implant supported dental bridge

Missing Multiple Teeth

Instead of getting a traditional bridge that requires the alteration of your natural teeth, we can place two dental implants at either end of the gap in your smile. Once your customized bridge is crafted, we will attach it to the posts and close the gap in your arch, completing your grin.

Animated dental implant supported denture

Missing All Teeth

A common complaint that some patients have with traditional dentures is that they can slip and shift in their mouths while eating and speaking. With dental implants, we’ll anchor the dentures to anywhere from four to eight implants that have been placed along the arch, providing unmatched stability and security.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Animated smile with a new dental implant supported replacement tooth

In order to determine the cost of your dental implant procedure, we’ll need to examine your mouth to learn whether you require preparatory procedures, what type of restoration you need, and a variety of additional price-influencing factors. During your initial consultation, we’ll provide you with an overview of your treatment timeline as well as the cost. If you have any questions about financing, our team would be happy to discuss them with you! At the end of the day, our patients are glad that they invested in dental implants that are able to last several times longer than traditional tooth replacement solutions.