Dental Implant Restoration in West Chester, OH
If you have missing teeth or have been told you need an extraction, you may wonder what to do about the gap in your smile.
Fortunately, you have lots of options to choose from if you want to replace missing teeth in West Chester, OH. We recommend dental implants because they are as close in form to natural teeth as we can get.
A dental implant is a titanium replacement root that is placed surgically in your jaw and used to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture. At the office of Joel R. Koch, DDS, we can use a single implant to support a single restoration, or we can place several that act as the foundation to replace multiple missing teeth.
What Makes Dental Implants Different?
The primary difference between a dental implant and other types of tooth replacement is that a dental implant acts as a replacement root for a lost tooth. A natural tooth root stimulates the growth of surrounding bone tissue. When a tooth and its root are lost, this growth stops, leading to the deterioration of the jawbone.
The implant carries on the function of a natural root and prevents deterioration, which is a significant difference between implants and other types of tooth replacement.
The titanium root is also biocompatible, which means it is easily accepted by the body. Titanium is completely safe and is the same material that has been used for years for replacement joints.
How Does a Dental Implant Work?
An implant consists of three parts. The first is a small titanium post that is placed in your jaw and allowed to heal over several months. During this time, it fuses with the bone and tissue around it, and when it heals completely, the implant functions in the same way your natural tooth root did.
After the implant heals, Dr. Koch attaches to it a piece called an abutment. Your crown, bridge, or denture will then be attached to the abutment that will hold it securely in place.
Unlike a dental bridge, an implant is a freestanding tooth replacement that doesn’t depend on neighboring teeth for support. Implants are stable and comfortable, and no adjustment is required after they are placed.
What’s the Process for Getting a Dental Implant?
Before we plan your implant surgery, we first need to make sure there’s enough bone in the area to support the implant. Good candidates have sufficient dense bone in their jaw to support the implant.
Dr. Koch works with some of the top oral surgeons in our area who will expertly place the implant in your jaw. As your dental implant heals, Dr. Koch will continually monitor your progress. When the implant is ready, we will design a beautiful, natural-looking crown, bridge, or denture that restores function, improves your appearance, and boosts your self-confidence.
Call Our Office to Schedule a Consultation
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants and how they may benefit you? There's a lot to consider when choosing dental implants, and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Koch to answer all your questions and determine if a dental implant is the right choice for you
How Does the Implant Procedure Work?
The first step in the process is to evaluate your gum and bone structure in the area where the implant is to be placed. The best candidates for implant placement are patients who have sufficient bone in their jaw to hold the implant securely in place.
We want your implant placement procedure to be as safe and effective as possible. Dr. Koch is pleased to work with some of the area’s top local oral surgeons who will expertly place the implant itself. After the implant is placed, it is allowed to heal for a period of several months.
During this healing period, Dr. Koch will continually monitor your progress. When the implant is fully healed, we will create a beautiful, natural-looking restoration that restores function, improves your appearance, and boosts your self-confidence.
Call Our Office to Schedule a Consultation
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants and how they may benefit you? There's a lot to consider when choosing dental implants, and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Koch to answer all your questions and determine if a dental implant is the right choice for you.