Dental Implants in Grove City, OH
At The Grove City Center for Dentistry, Dr. Bryan Simone performs dental implant procedures to replace missing teeth.
He is trained by the Midwest Dental Implant Institute to place dental implants, graft hard and soft tissue, and manage dental implant complications.
Dr. Simone and his surgical support team also are trained in sedation options to make sure your procedure is anxiety-free. You can rest assured that we will provide you with outstanding care and expertise during your dental implant procedure. And, we promise to walk you through the process every step of the way.
Our goal at The Grove City Center for Dentistry is to permanently restore your teeth to its full function and natural appearance as quickly as possible. As part of the dental implant process, Dr. Simone will consult with you to discuss your treatment options and expected timeline. During this initial consultation, Dr. Simone will look for sufficient bone mass and any signs of gum or periodontal disease.
What is the dental implant procedure at The Grove City Center for Dentistry?
The dental implant procedure depends on each patient’s oral condition and health. The time from dental implant placement to final restoration can take about 3-6 months. However, in some circumstances, this process may take a little longer.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are constructed for placement in the jaw to replace a tooth or multiple teeth. The actual implant is made out of titanium posts with specially treated surfaces. Dental implants can be placed to restore a single tooth, or “bridged” together to multiple teeth.
There are really three separate components to the dental implant – the physical implant, the abutment, and the crown.
- The dental implant is the titanium “post” that is placed into the bone. This post acts just like a natural tooth root.
- The abutment fits onto the dental implant as an “adapter” or “top” to the screw. This is the piece that fits between the crown and the post.
- The crown is an actual ceramic tooth that goes on top of the abutment. The crown is the only visible structure of the dental implant and is designed to look just like your natural teeth.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
You may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth. Because the dental implant fuses to the jaw bone, ideal patients must have enough bone to hold and support the physical implant. Gums must also be healthy enough to recover from dental surgery. Dr. Simone will examine your mouth and review your digital x-rays to determine if enough bone exists. If you do not have adequate bone structure, Dr. Simone may need to perform a bone grafting procedure to provide additional support.
How long do dental implants last?
Once secured into place, dental implants can last a lifetime. They are built to last. Read more about how long dental implants last.
How do I care for my dental implant?
Caring for your dental implant is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. We recommend that you brush and floss regularly and visit our team at The Grove City Center for Dentistry for your regular dental exams and cleanings.
Dental Implant FAQ
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that is accepted by the body. Titanium is used because it fuses with the bone and does not corrode.
Are there limitations with dental implants?
Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing a missing tooth, but they are not without their limitations. One of the most significant limitations is that they require healthy gums and bones to be successful. If you have periodontal disease or another condition that affects the gums and bone, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants. In addition, dental implants are more expensive than other options like dentures or bridges, and they require surgery. This means there is a greater risk of complications with dental implants than with other tooth replacement options. Finally, it is essential to note that dental implants require diligent oral hygiene. Because we place the implant in the bone, it is difficult to clean around it, and you must take care to brush and floss well to avoid problems like infection. If you are considering dental implants, discuss the risks and limitations with Dr. Simone to ensure they are the right choice.
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
The dental implant procedure can take anywhere from one to two hours, split between the surgery and the recovery period. The surgery usually takes less than an hour, while the recovery period depends on how you feel after the surgery.
Sometimes, people may need to stay in the dental office for a few hours after the surgery to ensure they are doing well. In other cases, people may be able to go home right away. Recovery from dental implant surgery is usually pretty quick, and most people feel back to their normal selves within a few days. However, it is important to follow Dr. Simone’s instructions for recovery to ensure the best possible outcome.
What can I eat after dental implant surgery?
Generally, you should avoid eating anything difficult to chew or swallow in the first few days after surgery. This includes crunchy fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and seeds. You should also avoid drinking anything with straws or through a sipper lid, as this can put pressure on the implant site.
Drinking plenty of fluids is important in the days following surgery, but you should stick to liquids that are easy to swallow. Try drinking water, broth, or sports drinks. You can also eat soft foods like mashed potatoes, applesauce, yogurt, or pudding. It’s essential to avoid hard or crunchy foods, which can cause pain and discomfort at the implant site.
If you have questions about what you can and cannot eat after dental implant surgery, talk with Dr. Simone. He will provide you with specific instructions based on your unique situation.