Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants can change the look of a smile that has been compromised due to missing teeth or from damage or decay. For those who suffer from insecurity or an inability to eat or speak normally, replacing teeth with dental implants is a life-changer. Whether a patient is missing one tooth or multiple teeth, the Lifetime Dental Health team can make a difference by discussing the option of dental implants and getting the ball rolling towards a better looking and functioning smile.

For those who are curious about what dental implants are all about or are ready to make a change for the better and get started with this solution, here is more information to get you better informed about the process. We have been replacing teeth with dental implants for a long time, and patients have been extremely satisfied with the stunning results. Natural looking and comfortable, dental implants are a real game changer for those seeking repair and renewal.

Will anyone notice my dental implants?

Dental implants are remarkable. They look just like natural teeth and feel that way to the wearer too. Unless you tell them, no one will ever know they are not your real teeth. The color, shape, structure, and size are all designed to look best for the individual; every dental implant is specifically crafted to suit the patient. All anyone will notice is how lovely your smile looks.

How are dental implants put in? Are they removable?

Dental implants are placed in one of two ways. Either they are directly attached to the jawbone like your real roots would be or we will have custom-made metal frameworks made which will be anchored by mini dental implants. The second route is recommended for those with thin bone. In most cases, the former process is put in place. That said, dental implants are not removable. They stay put just like regular teeth. They are strong, secure, and stable. Unlike dentures, they stay in 24/7.

How long does the process take?

The entire process can take several months from your first consultation through the healing process to the final placement of the dental implants. First we must place the artificial tooth root (made of biocompatible materials – bone-like ceramic and metals) into the jawbone. Screws and posts are fitted, and then we must wait for the gums to heal as the roots fuse with the jawbone. This can take up to six months to heal satisfactorily. Once healed, the implants are fitted. The wait may seem long but it’s the only safe and secure way to go about this procedure. Believe us, it’s worth the wait!

Will the process be painful?

You will be under local anesthetic while we do the dental implant procedure, so pain won’t be a concern.

Will you have to remove any of my healthy teeth in order to fit me for dental implants?

Dental implant placement does not require any removal of healthy teeth. Each implant is separate from the rest, so there is no need to make space to secure one in place. We may need to remove decayed or damaged teeth for replacement, but those will be the teeth that will be replaced by the implant.

How do I properly care for my dental implants? Is there anything special I will need to do once they are placed?

Consider them as you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly and maintain good oral hygiene. And don’t forget to keep up with your regular cleaning appointments.

How long will my dental implants last?

Dental implants are remarkably strong and durable. For some patients, they can last a lifetime.

Will the implants be uncomfortable?

Dental implants are designed for comfort. You may need a little time to get used to them when they are first placed, but before long, they will feel just like your natural teeth…only better.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

During your consultation, we will examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you are a good candidate 

for receiving dental implants. If you have missing teeth, damage, or decay, you are already a prime candidate. But every patient is different, so we’ll discuss your particular concerns during your appointment.

If you are concerned about the cost, we’ll work with you regarding financing options in-house. Our goal is to provide solutions for your smile. Affordability is achievable, so don’t dismiss this process if you think you’ll be unable to pay.

Are you interested in getting dental implants? The first step is to call Lifetime Dental Health and book a consultation. Our number is 614-333-9442. Dental implants can transform your smile and self-confidence. Why struggle with missing teeth, irreparable damage or decay, or live in fear of flashing your smile? There’s a solid solution in dental implants.

Dr. Barry is part of a Columbus tradition of dental comfort and care. His outstanding education and training forms the foundation which enables him to treat all of your dental needs with confidence and trust providing the best care possible. Dr. Barry received his BS from Ohio State University in 1976, he also received his DDS from Ohio State in 1980.He is continually educating himself and his staff on the newest dental techniques and approaches in order to provide you with cutting-edge, comfortable, personalized, and antiseptic dental care. Dr. Barry is educated in the following areas – Reconstructive Dentistry, TMJ, Cosmetic Dentistry, Lumineers, Invisalign, Endodontics, Botox, Juviderm, Pediatric Dentistry, Geriatric Dentistry.

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