A Transformative Tooth Loss Solution
If you’re missing teeth as a result of poor oral health or dental injury, you’re not alone. Tooth loss is a common dental issue and we’re here to act as your support team to restore your smile and protect your oral health. Tooth loss affects not only your ability to eat, speak, and interact with others, but also your dental health and general well-being. That’s why we offer dental implants as a permanent solution to your tooth loss in order to restore your smile. We perform implant surgery right here in our office.
The professionals at Perrott Dentistry are proud to serve Ohio residents in Canfield, Poland, Youngstown, or the surrounding areas who want to improve their smile. Your Boardman implant dentists will assess your smile objectives, medical background, and dental health to develop a tailored strategy to bring out your absolute best smile.
Implants are an excellent solution to tooth loss, because because they look and feel like natural teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture in place. A dental implant can replicate your lost tooth from root to crown, in contrast to other tooth replacement treatments that only restore the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. It’s because of this that they look and feel like natural teeth and serve as an excellent solution to tooth loss. There are three parts of the dental implant:
- Titanium Post: This piece is surgically inserted into your jawbone to serve as the new tooth’s root. The post will gradually merge with your jawbone through a process known as osseointegration, giving it the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and offering your restoration unrivaled stability.
- Porcelain Crown: Your dentist will create a porcelain crown that’s custom-made to blend with the rest of your smile. This piece sits above the gumline and is the only part of your restoration that will be visible.
- Abutment: Your root is attached to your crown with a connector known as the abutment. This piece is highly durable and will ensure that your implant fits securely with the rest of your smile.
Read Perrott Dentistry’s guide to dental implants below to learn more about this effective solution.
Perrott Dentistry’s Dental Implant Solutions
Dental implants can also be used in conjunction with other restorative solutions so that your Boardman dentist can replace your missing teeth. We understand that no two patients are the same, which means your treatment plan will be tailored to your exact needs. Whether you need a single tooth replaced, a complete arch of teeth restored, or a snap-in denture to replace a traditional denture, we are happy to find a implant solution that works best for you. We also perform implant surgery right in our office.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants, unlike dental bridges, are anchored to your jawbone and do not rely on your nearby natural teeth for support. They provide a stable foundation and, unlike dentures, never need to be removed. What’s more, they are the only restoration option that not only prevents bone loss associated with missing teeth, but they also actively strengthen your jawbone due to the constant stimulation they provide. Dental implants are durable, natural-looking, and, with proper maintenance, can last a lifetime.
Our crowns are made specifically to blend in with the unique size, shape, and color of your adjacent teeth. They are also made of durable materials to provide successful, long-lasting results. In some cases, we can also provide Same-Day Crowns using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM). This handy treatment option allows us to create a high-quality replacement tooth the same day as your treatment.
If you’re missing multiple adjacent teeth, our implant dentists may recommend using a dental bridge or partial denture that is attached to two or more implants. The implants will act as an anchor to your jawbone, ensuring superior comfort and stability while also giving you the benefit of preserving your jawbone. Implant supported bridges and partials also alleviate the pressure that conventional bridges and dentures place on the surrounding natural teeth.
Dr. Hiner or Dr. Perrott may recommend implant-retained overdentures for patients who are missing one or both arches of their teeth, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of traditional dentures. Your implants will be strategically placed so that you get the maximum amount of jawbone support and provide unmatched stability to your fixed dentures and snap-on dentures. Fixed dentures are not removable and can be maintained just like natural teeth. Snap-on dentures, on the other hand, still offer the stability of implants but can be removed for your convenience, such as for cleaning or sleeping.
Dental Implant Process
A consultation at Perrott Dentistry is the first step toward a beautifully restored smile. Our Boardman office will design a treatment strategy based on your goals and current oral health by utilizing our cutting-edge technology.
We’ll take an impression of your natural teeth and design a model of your bite once we have decided whether dental implants are the best restoration option for you. This allows us to design your restoration so that it naturally blends in with the rest of your smile.
Your next appointment is where we’ll place your implant. Before getting started, we’ll administer a local anesthetic to ensure that your treatment is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Once you’re relaxed, you implant dentist will surgically place the titanium post into your jawbone before covering the area with a temporary crown. While it’s normal to experience some discomfort after th anesthetic wears off, this can be managed with over-the-counter medication.
Each patient heals differently, so times will vary. You must give your implant site at least three to six months to recover after surgery. This gives the osseointegration process enough time to complete itself and totally fuse your implant with your jawbone. It’s vital to adhere to all post-operative instructions since this can affect the outcome of the procedure.
Once you have fully healed you’ll return to our Boardman, OH office to finish your restoration. We’ll place your color-matched porcelain crown, dental bridge, partial, or overdenture on top of your implant, making sure it fits perfectly. When everything is in place and feels comfortable, you are ready to show the world your bright, new smile.
Dental Implant Candidacy
Not everyone will be a good candidate for dental implants due to a number of factors including your body’s ability to heal, the condition of your oral health, and the density of your jawbone. These play a role in the success of the osseointegration process, which is essential for your treatment. If you suffer from chronic problems, such as teeth clenching (bruxism), or systemic diseases, such as diabetes, the success rate for implants may be lower.
In some cases, a supplemental procedure designed to treat gum disease or insufficient jawbone mass may be recommended to increase your candidacy. During your initial consultation, Dr. Perrot or Dr. Hiner will determine whether dental implants are the best option for restoring your smile.
Caring For Your Dental Implants
Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to care for your new implants following treatment. Implant-supported bridges and dentures may require some additional attention, but otherwise, your dental implant can be maintained just as natural teeth.
Even with replacement teeth, your gums are still susceptible to gum disease so proper at-home dental care and regular dental cleanings are essential. The professionals at Perrott Dentistry recommend visiting our Boardman office at least once every six months. This allows us the opportunity to ensure your implants are in good condition, keep potential infections at bay, and watch for more serios issues like oral cancer.
If you have snap-on dentures, it’s important to remove them at night and thoroughly clean them with a denture brush. Your dentist may recommend commercial clears such as Stain Away or Efferdent. Food and tarter can build up around the retainers and prevent them from completely attaching to your implants.
Don’t use toothpicks or any metal type picks around the implant post. This could cause serious damage to the implant. Regular brushing and flossing will help to maintain the gum tissue surrounding the implant. If any excessive bleeding or inflammation near the implant site occurs, contact us at (330) 726-0090 right away.
Risks of Prolonged Tooth Loss
Having a full set of teeth improves your ability to speak and eat while preserving your dental health. Empty pockets promote bacterial growth, raising your risk of oral infections, which can result in other health conditions. If the jawbone isn’t regularly stimulated by teeth, it can deteriorate over time and endanger the stability of your facial structure as well. Putting off a restoration treatment may increase your risk of:
- Teeth shifting
- Tooth decay
- Orthodontic issues
- Periodontal disease
- Additional tooth loss
- Bone loss
- Heart disease
- Premature wrinkles
- Altered facial structure
Our dentists at Perrott Dentistry strongly recommend having your smile restored to protect your oral and general health. That is why we offer dental implants as an efficient, long-lasting restorative options for tooth loss.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dental implants safe?
Yes! As long as your surgery is performed by a qualified and experienced dentist like Dr. Perrott or Dr. Hiner, getting dental implants is a perfectly safe procedure. Dental implants are actually the healthiest approach to restoring missing teeth in the long term because they are the only procedure that stops jawbone deterioration.
How much do dental implants cost?
The exact cost of your treatment is dependent on how many implants you’ll need, the type of implants you receive, whether or not you need a supplemental procedure, and more. Some dental procedures and portions of the restoration may be covered by dental and medical insurance policies so it’s important to check with your insurance plan.
Our goal at Perrott Dentistry is to ensure that every patient gets the most out of their insurance benefits so they can get the care they need. If necessary, we also offer alternative financing solutions to cover any costs that your insurance doesn’t.
What is the success rate of implants?
The success rate for implants is about 90 to 95 percent which is why they are so highly recommended. Your overall health may affect the success rate of dental implants. Poor oral hygiene is a big reason why some implants fail so it’s crucial to follow all post-op instructions and to contact us if you experience persistent pain or swelling, or signs of infection.
How long do dental implants last?
The titanium post of your dental implant is built to last a lifetime. However, your dental crown may need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years depending on how well you take care of it at home. Maintaining a consistent at-home oral hygiene regimen will also help you to increase the lifespan of your dental crown. This includes:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day
- Flossing daily (preferably after meals)
- Rinsing after meals
- Exercising caution when eating very hard foods
- Avoiding chewing on ice or tearing items with your teeth
Achieve the Restored Smile You Deserve
Dental implants might be the long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing answer you’ve been looking for to reverse the damaging effects of tooth loss. We at Perrott Dentistry are pleased to provide patients in Canfield, Poland, Youngstown, and the surrounding areas of Ohio with these efficient tooth loss options.
Call us at (330) 726-0090 if you have any questions about how we can improve the health of your smile or if you’re ready to make an appointment with Dr. Hiner or Dr. Perrott in our Boardman, OH office. Alternatively, you can use the “Request Appointment” button at the top of the page, and a member of our committed team will get in touch with you right away.