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By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
December 18, 2019
Category: Dental

If you have lost one or more teeth, you know how important it is to find the right replacement option. Here at our office in Findlay, OH, Dr. Joseph Touhalisky, offers innovative dental implant solutions, giving patients complete, strong, and beautiful smiles that feel totally natural. Learn more here.

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from biocompatible titanium. When placed into a patient's jaw bone during oral surgery, the implant starts to meld with the jaw through a process called osseointegration. When it is fully integrated, your dentist attaches a metal post and porcelain crown, finalizing your new tooth.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

People who have suffered tooth loss also experience deterioration of the supporting bone and gum tissue. Dear Doctor reports that one-quarter of jaw bone size and density is lost within a hear of dental extraction.

While conventional bridges and dentures can restore personal appearance and oral function, they cannot rebuild the jaw bone. Amazingly, dental implants do—with this treatment option, you will not have to worry about bone deterioration or shrinkage!

Additionally, dental implants:

  • Improve self-confidence and personal appearance
  • Are easy to clean
  • Improve speech and ease of biting and chewing
  • Last for decades
  • Are appropriate for teens and adults who are in good health

Who Can Receive Dental Implants?

You are likely a good implant candidate if you are healthy and if Dr. Touhalisky determines that your jaw bone is strong enough to support implants. Fortunately, if your bone is thin, he can augment it with donor bone or other grafting materials.

If you consistently brush, floss, and receive your six-month cleanings/check-ups, you'll do well with your new teeth. If you smoke, however, you increase your chances of an infection called peri-implantitis. Accordingly, try to quit tobacco in all forms before undergoing implant surgery.

Interested? Give our Findlay Office a Call

Modern implant dentistry gives patients great tooth replacement options. For more information on what these innovative devices can do for your smile, please call Dr. Joseph Touhalisky and his team for a consultation. Bring your questions, and he'll give you all the information you need to make an informed decision that's right for you. Phone the Findlay office team today at (419) 427-1500.