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Dental Implants in Cambridge

Losing one or more teeth can have severe consequences for a person’s wellbeing. Not only do they experience higher risk for serious oral health issues, but the function and complete look of their smile is greatly diminished as well. While there are many tooth replacement solutions available, the clear frontrunner is dental implants. Here at Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery, Dr. Jeff Lee and his team provide the surgical placement of your implant(s), working closely with your general dentist to ensure that your procedure is successful and free from stress and pain.

The secret behind the extraordinary success of dental implants is a relatively simple one. While other reconstructive solutions for tooth loss are designed to replace the crown (the white, visible portion), dental implants seamlessly replicate the root as well. While virtually invisible, tooth roots keep the jawbone full and healthy, and without them, deterioration occurs as well as additional cosmetic and health-related problems. By placing a new root that serves the same function, dental implants reinvigorate your smile’s vitality in a natural fashion – and better yet, they can last for the rest of the patient’s life if cared for properly. Speak with your family dentist or call to schedule an implant consultation with us today!

 

Are dental implants right for you?

When determining whether dental implants are the right choice for you, Dr. Lee reviews the following factors that strongly determine your chances of success:

  • Good general health
  • Good oral health
  • Adequate jawbone
  • Patient compliance
  • No smoking or tobacco use

If any of these conditions are not met, there are workable solutions that our team may recommend, including bone grafting.

Your Surgical Implant Placement

Once we’ve reviewed your condition with the help of our state-of-the-art CT scanner, Dr. Lee creates a personalized course of action for your surgical procedure. In many cases, we can remove your tooth or teeth and place your new dental implant(s) in the same day. Following the extraction, the titanium post is carefully inserted into the gum and bone tissue. Then, during a 2-3 month healing period, the jawbone fuses to the implant creating a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. The implant will remain buried under the gum tissue during the healing period.  Finally a minor procedure is performed to expose the implant and place a healing cap onto the implant which prevents soft tissue from closing over the implant.

Utilizing the Trios3 IntraOral Scanner Dr. Lee can now make a digital impression of the implant.  This impression is made without messy, uncomfortable impression material and trays that often gag and/or pinch a patient during impressions.  Your dentist can utilize this impression to fabricate your final restoration without the need of another impression appointment, saving you time and making the process more convenient for you and your dentist.