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Dental Implants – Cambridge, OH | Marietta, OH

Complete Your Smile with Dental Implants

Losing one or more teeth can have severe consequences for your wellbeing. Not only do you experience a higher risk of serious oral health issues, but the function and aesthetics of your smile diminish 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 implants, working closely with your general dentist to ensure your procedure is successful and stress-free.

Benefits of Dental Implants

dental implantDental implants have quickly become the preferred tooth replacement option because they closely mimic natural teeth. Unlike any other prosthetic, they replace both the root and the crown of a tooth. This allows them to look and feel natural while offering exceptional benefits that cannot be achieved using any other treatment, including:

  • Replace Root & Tooth
  • Long Lasting
  • High Success Rate
  • Natural Functioning
  • Enhanced Esthetics
  • No Damaged to Other Teeth

You invest in your oral health and your quality of life when choosing dental implants because they provide over a 95% success rate. They are proven to last for several decades with the right aftercare, so you never need to worry about having them replaced.

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Are Dental Implants Right for You?

woman biting an appleIf you have missing teeth, good oral health, and minimal risks for complications, you are often a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Lee reviews several factors to determine if dental implants are right for you, such as:

  • General health
  • Oral health
  • Jawbone’s density
  • Patient compliance
  • Lifestyle habits, like smoking

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

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Your Surgical Implant Placement

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After Dr. Lee has reviewed your dental and general health, he uses a state-of-the-art CT scanner to assess your oral structures. This allows him to create a personalized course of action for your surgical procedure. In some cases, he can remove your tooth or teeth and place your new dental implants that same day.

Following the extraction, a titanium post is carefully inserted into the gum and bone tissue using a surgical procedure. It takes 2 to 3 months to fully heal to allow your jawbone to fuse to the implant to create a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth. The implant will remain buried under the gum tissue during the healing period.

Finally, a minor surgical procedure is needed to expose the implant to place a healing cap onto it. This prevents the soft tissue from closing over the implant. Utilizing the Trios3 IntraOral Scanner, Dr. Lee takes a digital impression of the implant. This comfortable process does not require you to hold a messy impression material in your mouth. Instead, a quick scan allows your implant dentist to use the impression to fabricate your final restoration. This saves you time while also making the process more convenient for you.

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Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

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Some patients require additional treatment before getting implants. If you have lived with untreated tooth loss, it is common to have experienced some degree of decreased bone density in your jawbone. Since the long-term success of dental implants relies on your jaw’s ability to support the posts, you may need a bone grafting procedure before Dr. Lee can place them. Bone from another area of your body or from a donor is grafted onto the weakened location to enhance the thickness of your jaw so that it can adequately support the posts. Additionally, if you’re receiving implants to replace certain teeth in the upper jaw, you might require a sinus lift in order to create enough room for them to be placed safely.

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Indications for Dental Implants

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Dr. Lee can treat all severities of tooth loss with dental implants if you are a candidate. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, the treatment process varies slightly. Dr. Lee uses the previous CT scan and digital images of your mouth to pinpoint the ideal location for your implant posts. The computer-guided placement of the dental implants helps to ensure successful results long-term.

Missing One Tooth

A single missing tooth is replaced with an implant-retained crown. A biocompatible implant posts is surgically placed into your jawbone. This mimics your tooth’s root while also providing a secure foundation for your new tooth. After your jawbone has healed, an abutment is attached to the post. This is a connector piece between the post and the crown. Your crown is carefully crafted to look like your remaining teeth, so no one will know it is not your own.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

Several missing teeth in a row can be replaced using an implant-supported bridge. An impression of your mouth is taken to carefully craft prosthetic teeth to fill the empty space. Instead of placing dental crowns on the adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place, an average of 1 or 2 implant posts anchors it to your jawbone. This gives your remaining natural teeth the support they need to stay in place without permanently altering them.

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Missing All Your Teeth

You can avoid the slipping and irritation of a traditional denture by anchoring it to your jawbone with dental implants. Conventional dentures rely on suction or an adhesive; however, implant-retained dentures use an average of 4 to 6 implant posts to stabilize it. This allows you to regain as much as 70% of your biting force to enjoy a solution that closely looks and feels like your real teeth.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Dental implants cost more upfront than traditional treatments, but they are more cost-effective long-term. They have the potential to last for several decades, so you will never need to worry about having them replaced. This allows them to pay for themselves over time. Not to mention, they lower your overall dental costs by preventing common issues associated with missing teeth, like a heightened risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and additional tooth loss.

When determining how much you can expect to pay, there are several factors that are considered, such as if you need any additional procedures and how many teeth are being treated. Dr. Lee and his team will help you maximize your dental insurance to reduce the amount you need to pay. Our office accepts a variety of payment options to keep your new smile affordable, including CareCredit.

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Schedule Your Consultation

If you are ready to invest in your smile with dental implants, contact Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery today to schedule your consultation.