Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium alloy posts that are surgically placed into the jaw by a dentist or an oral surgeon, which provide an anchor upon which a crown, bridge, partial, or denture can be placed. At Fort Loramie Dental center, we use CamLog products as our brand of choice for dental implants.

In general, dental implants replace missing teeth or teeth that have been removed. An implant is an in-depth, permanent solution that allows you to chew, talk, and smile without the embarrassment of gaps. They replace treatments like bridges, dentures, and crowns and function more similarly to real teeth than other options.

In many cases, implants are the best option because they are:

  • Comfortable, permanent, and encourage you to smile confidently
  • Safe with minimal effects to your surrounding teeth so you can maintain your dental health
  • Durable, convenient, and easier to maintain
  • Up to 98% guaranteed to succeed

Tired of messy adhesives for your dentures? Ready to save the teeth you do have from being ground down for bridges and partials? Want to leave sore gums behind forever? Fill out the form to the left to schedule an appointment to talk to Dr. Ashby about your own dental implant in Fort Loramie, OH.

Dental Implant Procedures in Fort Loramie, OH

An implant procedure is a three step process that can take up to 8 months depending on how quickly your bone and soft tissues heal. These steps are outlined below for your convenience.

Step 1
In the first phase, the dentist will administer local anesthesia and place a metal post in the bone of your jaw. This post is meant to replace the root of a natural tooth. It is what makes the implant so stable and permanent.

Because the post is made out of titanium, the bone fuses to the post in a process called osseointegration, and the gums grow over the post during the months after the procedure.

Step 2
After your soft tissues have healed, your dentist exposes the implant and checks to see how well the bone has fused to the titanium post. If the implant is successful, an extension to the post is added in preparation for the placement of the crown, which will look like your natural teeth. This extension is called an abutment, and once it's added, your gums are allowed to heal around it.

Sometimes, step one and two can be combined to shorten the process. You can discuss this option with your dentist at your initial consultation.

Step 3
The final step of the process is the actual placement of the crown. No anesthesia is required. A tooth will be selected that is a perfect match for your tooth color, size, and shape. No one will be able to tell the difference and you'll have a beautiful smile you can be proud of.

Implants Work in Tandem with Other Treatments

If your dental treatment plan requires additional types of work like bridges or partial dentures, implants can play an important supporting role.

Implant-Supported Crowns and Bridges
If you need to have several teeth in a row removed, you may wish to invest in two implants and replace the rest with a bridge. Each implant is placed on either end of the missing teeth, then a bridge is placed in the middle. The implants on either side support the bridge.

This technique is also used when too much pressure is placed on single implants from teeth grinding, chewing, and clenching. A bridge takes some of the pressure off the individual implants and ensure that they will last a lifetime.

When your jaw bone or gums aren't in the best health, implants may fail. Implant-supported crowns allow the dentist to place implants in healthy locations and bridges in places that are more likely to fail with implants alone.

Your bridges last longer when they are supported by implants. Your overall dental health is improved, and you enjoy a smile that will last longer than a few years.

Implant-Supported Dentures
Regular dentures get messy and can cause sore gums. But implant-supported dentures get rid of those problems. Though you may not have many teeth left, if you have a good jaw bone, implants can be placed and dentures attached to them.

These specialized implants are designed with removable dentures in mind. You remove them for cleaning and while you sleep. There are two types of implant supported dentures, both of which require an implant for each section of denture. A full denture can be secured with about four implants.

Implant supported dentures are more stable than traditional dentures. It is easier to speak and eat, and you don't have to worry about dentures becoming loose or falling out. Foods you had to avoid before are no longer off-limits. Implant supported dentures are far more comfortable than traditional dentures.

Is a Dental Implant in Fort Loramie, OH Right for You?

Dental implant technology in Fort Loramie, OH is promising. You might be able to leave behind many of your dental problems with these state-of-the-art techniques. You have nothing to lose by calling our office at 937-295-3400 for a consultation today.