A missing tooth noticeably impacts your smile. It also compromises oral health. It allows other teeth to shift out of position, creating food traps that lead to cavities and gum disease, and potentially causing bite problems and wear. A dental implant is a long-term solution to tooth loss. Patients in the Fairfield Township and Cincinnati area trust Patel and Dornhecker Dentistry for beautiful implant restorations.
A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. This small screw is made of titanium. It is placed into jawbone in a brief, precisely pre-planned oral surgery. Gum tissue heals quickly. Over the course of several months, bone fuses with the implant in a biological process called osseointegration. The implant becomes the solid foundation for a dental crown.
Implant restoration process
- Once your implant is fully healed, the dentist removes the healing cap and places an implant impression coping.
- Impressions are taken for a custom implant abutment to sit on top of the implant head.
- Impressions, measurements, and shading information are sent to a professional dental laboratory.
- The lab fabricates the custom abutment and a crown from high quality materials.
- You return to Patel and Dornhecker Dentistry in 2-3 weeks to have the abutment and crown seated on the implant.
Benefits of dental implants
A dental implant has no negative effect on adjacent teeth because they are not connected to the adjacent teeth. With good oral hygiene, an implant restoration can last a lifetime. It feels, looks, and functions like a real tooth, and requires normal brushing, flossing, and evaluation at your routine hygiene appointments. A single missing tooth, several teeth, or a whole arch may be replaced with implants. In addition, dental implants can be used to anchor a fixed bridge, or to provide stability for a denture.
Dr. Jesal A. Patel and Dr. Shawn Dornhecker run a successful dental practice in their home state of Ohio. Both doctors attended the Miami University for Microbiology in Oxford, Ohio and The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. The wife-husband duo brings together a wealth of experience while working with children, adults, and veterans during their residency at The Medical College of Ohio.
Patel and Dornhecker Dentistry has two offices in Bridgetown and Fairfield. The team at the clinic strives to serve with the best quality care to their patients using the latest technology. They strongly believe in working with local businesses in Ohio to empower the local community.