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Restoring Your Smile with Dental Implants

Are you tired of concealing your smile due to missing teeth? Beyond the aesthetic impact, missing teeth can lead to oral health complications. Fortunately, we have an implant dentist in Loveland, OH, who can restore your smile. Dr. Michael Kreimer and our dental team offer dental implants as a permanent solution to tooth loss. 

If you’ve been looking for dental implants in Loveland, you’ve come to the right place. Call our dental office at (513) 677-3656 to learn more about dental implants.

dental implant before a crown is placed.
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a dental implant inside the mouth.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a sophisticated restorative solution designed to replace missing teeth. They comprise three essential components:

  • Implant Fixture: This is the foundation of the implant, often made of biocompatible titanium. Surgically placed into the jawbone, it serves as a sturdy anchor, mimicking the root of a natural tooth.
  • Abutment: The abutment is a connector piece linking the implant fixture to the prosthetic tooth or crown. It protrudes above the gum line and provides support for the final restoration.
  • Prosthetic Tooth: Also known as the dental crown or artificial tooth, this is the visible part of the dental implant. Custom-crafted to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, the prosthetic tooth ensures a seamless blend with your smile.

Together, these three components work to provide a permanent and aesthetically pleasing solution to missing teeth. Dental implants not only restore your smile but also safeguard your oral health, offering a level of functionality and comfort akin to natural teeth. The implant process can be done in three appointments: initial consultation, implant placement, and completion of the restoration.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many benefits to receiving dental implants, including:

  • Lifetime restoration
  • Natural-looking
  • Customized for you
  • Preserve jawbone density
  • Maintains facial shape
  • Resistant to tooth decay
  • Doesn’t require root canals

Dental Implants vs. Other Tooth Replacement Options

When considering tooth replacement, it’s crucial to understand why dental implants stand out. Unlike cumbersome, high-maintenance dentures, dental implants offer a permanent and stable solution. They are designed to mimic the natural look and feel of teeth, ensuring a seamless integration into your smile.

Additionally, dental implants go beyond mere aesthetics. They play a vital role in preserving your jawbone health, preventing potential bone loss that may occur with other options like bridges. Unlike bridges, which require modifying adjacent healthy teeth for support, dental implants operate independently, ensuring the integrity of surrounding teeth.

In contrast to removable partial dentures, which may not provide the same stability, dental implants offer unmatched confidence in speech and chewing efficiency. They bypass the potential discomfort or difficulty often associated with removable options. Moreover, implant-supported dentures combine the stability of implants with the convenience of dentures, ensuring enhanced functionality and a heightened sense of well-being.

Preparation Tips

Before undergoing a dental implant procedure, it’s important to be well-prepared. Follow these steps to ensure a smooth experience:

  • Consultation and Assessment: Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kreimer to discuss your specific case. This is the time to share your medical history, any medications you’re taking, and any concerns you may have.
  • Dental Hygiene: Maintain good dental hygiene leading up to the procedure. Brush your teeth twice daily, floss regularly, and use an antimicrobial mouthwash.
  • Nutrition and Hydration: Ensure you’re eating a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients. Proper nutrition supports the healing process. Stay well-hydrated to aid in recovery.
  • Avoid Smoking and Excessive Alcohol: If you smoke, consider quitting or at least reduce smoking leading up to the procedure. Smoking can hinder the recovery process. Limit alcohol consumption as well.
  • Arrange Transportation: Since you may receive a local anesthetic or sedation, it’s advisable to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the appointment.
  • Follow Pre-Procedure Guidelines: Dr. Kreimer will provide specific instructions to follow in the days leading up to the implant placement. This may include dietary restrictions and any temporary adjustments to your oral care routine.

The Dental Implant Process

Initial Consultation

In this crucial first step, Dr. Kreimer conducts a comprehensive assessment. This includes a review of your medical history, taking X-rays, and impressions. He may also perform any necessary preliminary treatments.  

You can use this time to talk about your smile goals and ask any questions you may have. If Dr. Kreimer determines dental implants are right for you, he’ll then develop your personalized treatment plan.

Implant Placement

You’ll return to our Loveland dental clinic for the placement procedure. With your comfort in mind, Dr. Kreimer administers a local anesthetic and offers dental sedation. After making sure you don’t feel anything and feel relaxed and comfortable, we’ll start the dental implant surgery.

Our implant dentist will gently create space for the implant and secure the anchor in place. He’ll then place a temporary cap and reposition the gum tissue around the implant. From here, the osseointegration process commences, this is the process where the bone will fuse into your implants to create a secure bond. This process can take anywhere from three to six months.

dental implant illustration
dental implant illustration
dental implant illustration

Completing the Restoration

Following successful healing, you’ll return for the final restoration phase. Dr. Kreimer will remove the temporary cap from the anchor and he’ll attach the post to the anchor. He’ll take impressions of the implant, this is to ensure the prosthetic tooth will be made for a precise fit. Afterward, the prosthetic is ready and placed into the implant and you’ll leave our office with a brand new smile.

Illustration of a dental implant
dental implant illustration
dental implant illustration

Post-Implant Care and Maintenance

After the dental implant surgery, proper care is crucial to ensure the success and longevity of your new dental implant. Follow these guidelines:

  • Immediate Aftercare: Expect some swelling and minor discomfort. Apply ice packs and take any prescribed pain medications as directed by Dr. Kreimer.
  • Dietary Restrictions: Stick to soft, non-chewy foods for the first few days after the procedure. Avoid hot or excessively cold foods and beverages.
  • Oral Hygiene: Continue to brush your teeth gently, but avoid the implant area for the first few days. Use an antimicrobial mouthwash to help prevent infection.
  • Avoid Disturbing the Implant: Be cautious while eating and avoid touching the implant area. This allows for proper healing and integration with the jawbone.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Kreimer. These appointments are crucial for monitoring the recovery process and ensuring everything is proceeding as planned.
  • Long-Term Care: Maintain regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Dr. Kreimer may recommend specific oral care products or techniques to help preserve your implant.
  • Alert Your Dentist to Any Issues: If you experience any unusual discomfort, swelling, or signs of infection, contact Dr. Kreimer’s office immediately.

Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for dental implants. Dr. Kreimer evaluates each patient to ensure the best possible outcome. An ideal candidate for dental implants typically possesses the following characteristics:

  • Good Oral Health: The candidate should have overall good oral health with healthy gum tissue and sufficient jawbone density to support the implant.
  • Stable General Health: A stable medical condition is essential for successful implant placement. Candidates should be free from uncontrolled chronic diseases that may compromise healing.
  • Commitment to Oral Hygiene: A dedication to maintaining excellent dental hygiene practices is crucial. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and attending routine dental check-ups.
  • Non-smoker or Willing to Quit: Smoking can significantly impede the healing process and success of dental implants. Ideal candidates are non-smokers or willing to quit smoking before the procedure.
  • No Active Periodontal Disease: Candidates should not have active periodontal (gum) disease. Any existing gum issues should be treated and resolved before implant placement.
  • Realistic Expectations: An ideal candidate understands the limitations and benefits of dental implants and has realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.
  • Adequate Bone Density: Sufficient jawbone density is necessary to support the implant. In cases where bone density is inadequate, bone grafting procedures may be recommended.
  • Absence of Teeth or Unrestorable Teeth: Candidates may have one or more missing teeth or teeth beyond restoration. Dental implants provide a viable solution for these situations.
  • Good Healing Capacity: Candidates should have a history of successful wound healing. Conditions that impair healing, such as certain autoimmune disorders or medications, should be discussed with Dr. Kreimer.
  • No Clenching or Grinding Habits: Candidates with severe teeth clenching or grinding habits (bruxism) may not be suitable for implants without additional intervention or appliances.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I care for my dental implants?

To ensure the longevity of your implants, your implant provider or oral surgeon recommends following the instructions:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Rinse your mouth in between meals
  • Visit your dentist for biannual checkups and professional cleanings

Can my regular dentist place dental implants?

It may be possible, but we strongly recommend finding an implant dentist who’s qualified to place them. This restoration requires a high degree of skills and experience to accurately and successfully place the implants.

How long do dental implants last?

The screw may also last for several years if the patient receives dental checkups every six months. However, crowns usually last around 10 to 15 years before they require replacement because of wear and damage.

Will dental implants have insurance coverage?

While coverage varies by provider and plan, some dental insurance policies may cover a portion of the dental implant cost. It’s recommended to check with your insurance provider for specific details.

Start Your Journey Today With Dr. Kreimer

Dental implants can restore your missing teeth and maintain your oral health at its best. If you believe dental implants may be right for you, call our Loveland office at (513) 677-3656 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kreimer. We provide dental care services to new and existing patients in Murdock, Landen, Mason, Reading, and many more!