Dental Implants in Columbus Ohio
Stoner Periodontics has offices conveniently located in Dublin, New Albany, Grove City, Springfield, and Chillicothe.
Stoner Periodontic and Implant Specialists has served Columbus, the surrounding area, and patients from 41 other states for 15 years. We possesses the expertise you seek to get the best in implant therapy. Many people place implants, and some patients even serve as “guinea pigs” for those practitioners that dabble in implant surgical treatment. While some practitioners take weekend courses to place dental implants in models, you can find comfort in the fact that Stoner Periodontic and Implant Specialists has the experience, training and know how to give you an implant that can last the rest of your life. To make it easiest for you, we have offices conveniently located in Dublin, New Albany, Grove City, Springfield, and Chillicothe.
Dental implants are the #1 option for replacing missing teeth. What are you waiting for? Call us for a complimentary and comprehensive consultation today!
If you are one of the 70 million people in the United States missing some or all of your teeth, it’s important to know you are not alone. Millions of people with missing or extracted teeth struggle with confidence and the overall functionality of their teeth. If you’ve done your research in the industry of cosmetic dentistry, you would have found that many procedures can help replace a missing tooth or teeth. If you’re looking to upgrade not only the aesthetics of your smile but also the strength and functionality of your teeth and bite, then perhaps dental implants may be your solution.
Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing or diseased teeth.
A dental implant offers the support and stability of a natural, healthy tooth as it mimics a tooth root. A small, artificial root is used to create the strength to withstand a healthy bite. A dental crown is the tooth replacement in the form of a restoration that attaches to the dental implant. This procedure is the closest treatment option to a natural tooth.
Dental implants are a permanent way to replace missing teeth. They offer strength that is stronger than natural teeth and provides the same form of function and aesthetics as a natural one as well.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a strong and attractive tooth replacement option for the patients who are looking for a permanent solution to their missing teeth. This treatment is made up of three parts that come together to form the restoration. A titanium root acts as the foundation of the restoration. It acts and mimics the function of a tooth root. Titanium is the only material used for this treatment as it has been proven that titanium is the only material that can actually fuse together with a human bone to create the necessary strength to withstand bite forces– this process is called osseointegration. This is the same biologically-compatible material that is used to create artificial knees, hips, or other prosthetic appliances. It is the perfect material to allow strength and functionality to be added to your smile.
After placement, a few months of time is allotted to allow the bone and post to fuse together to create the foundation needed to hold the tooth restoration (typically 2 months). When the post has fused, an abutment is added to the post to act as the foundation to the tooth. The dental crown is then added to the abutment. This is the only portion of the restoration that anyone can see, every other piece is below the gum line; however, the titanium post will mimic the strength and functionality of a natural tooth root-so much so that most patients forget it’s a fake tooth after a few short uses!
The dental abutment and crown are made custom for each patient by your dentist to ensure the shape, color, and size matches the rest of the teeth. Porcelain is a popular material used to create a dental crown as it mimics the look, feel, and strength of a natural tooth. Once polished, porcelain can even reflect and transmit light through it precisely the way a tooth does!
Prior to the surgical process Stoner Periodontic and Implant Specialists will take an intraoral, digital scan of the mouth, and a CT scan of your jaws. This allows for absolute precision in planning the placement of the dental implant. All potental complications are handled in this step-on the computer simulated surgery-so they never occur during the actual surgery. This makes the surgical treatment as safe and minimally invasive as possible for the patient-resulting in little to no discomfort and incredibly fast healing.
During the restoration process your dentist will take an impression (either by mold or digital) and send it to their dental lab for the abutment and tooth restoration to be made precisely. This process is overseen by our office due to the precision required to have a long term prosthesis. The titanium is shaped by laser to precisely mimic the original and ideal shape and contour of the original tooth. Once the dental crown is in, the dentist will screw or cement that last missing piece to the abutment for the final look to come together.
For many decades, there have been various procedures and treatments used to replace missing teeth patients of all ages have chosen dental implants to replace single or multiple teeth. This procedure has also been used as a foundation to support full or even partial dentures. In fact, there are many different kinds and designs of implants-temporary implants, mini implants, periosteal implants, zygomatic implants, transosteal implants, and, the most popular and successful implant design, endosseous implants. Which one is best for you? They all have their applications, and the Board-Certified Periodontists at Stoner Periodontic and Implant Specialists are Columbus’ first choice to help you make your decision. The Board-Certified Periodontists at Stoner Periodontic Specialists have placed over 11,000 implants, so you know you will be getting the best in your care.
Maybe you are debilitated from missing a front tooth and cannot smile, or need nutrition in order to battle diseases such as Crohn’s or diabetes, or you’re missing all of your teeth and hate the big, plastic “pucks” that float around in your mouth and aren’t secure. Whatever your challenge, we are here to change your quality of life now and forever.
What is the Implant Placement Process?
1. The Consultation
This step is quite honestly the most important. Your periodontist will perform a number of x-rays to ensure the analysis of your missing tooth is fully examined. The health of your surrounding teeth, your jawbone, and your gums will also be checked to ensure you have the proper oral health to undergo this procedure. If there are signs of periodontitis, or gum disease, your periodontist will need to treat this issue prior to the dental implants.
This is the stage in which the patient can ask the dental professional any and all questions they may have about the procedure. Perhaps discuss how you want your smile to look or what sort of sedation or local anesthetics they offer? Be sure to discuss the healing process and tips to ensure a healthy and quick healing time.
2. The Procedure
When your board-certified periodontist has ensured you are a good candidate for this treatment (you have enough jawbone strength to support the titanium post), it will be time to insert the post. If the existing tooth needs to be extracted, your board-certified periodontist will likely do it at this time. The titanium post will be placed precisely into the jawbone. Most people choose to be under some form of sedation, not because of pain-you will be numb- so they can relax and stay still during the procedure. It is important to note that you will not feel the implant-only the gum manipulation causes any discomfort. You will need to wait 2-4 months for the titanium post to fuse together with your jawbone fully. You can speak to your periodontist about ways to speed up this process by avoiding certain foods and tobacco products during this healing time.
3. The Final Step
Once the post has fused, your periodontist will refer you back to your dentist to add an abutment that is specific to you-a laser cut custom abutment-that attaches into the post. This will become the foundation that the dental crown will sit on. The dental crown will be added during this time as well. It will either be cemented on the abutment or screwed into it. There will likely be no pressure or pain felt during this procedure. Once this final step is complete, you can use the dental implant and show it off immediately!
This procedure is especially great for denture patients who are looking for a more permanent option. Dentures are not a replacement for teeth-they are just a replacement for no teeth. Studies have shown that denture wearers live up to seven years less than those with teeth. The reason is that denture wearers cannot chew their food to the point that their body can absorb crucial nutrients in the intestines. If you’re looking to switch from dentures or need an option to replace an extracted tooth, talk to your dentist about how dental implants can help you. So long as there is a good amount of healthy bone structure below the gum line, the patient can withstand the procedure. This will be the best option for replacing a singular or multiple missing teeth.