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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.

By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
September 24, 2019
Category: Family Dentistry
Tags: Family Dentist  

When was the last time your family visited the dentist? If it’s been more than six months, then it’s time to schedule your next visit; however, if you’re still on the hunt for a dentist, you may want to consider how a family dentist, such as our very own Dr. Joseph Touhalisky, can help your family receive the dental work they need in a convenient fashion. Here are just some of the ways that turning to our family practice in Findlay, OH, can benefit your household:

Track Your Child’s Oral Health

Your child’s mouth is developing quickly, and the best way to make sure that they are reaching important developmental milestones is to visit your family dentist every six months. After all, a family dentist has received specialized training in order to track your child’s development and pinpoint any issues early on.

Early Detection and Treatment

While we would all like to live in a world where no problems ever affect our health, this is simply not the case. No matter how healthy you may think you are, everyone can benefit from visiting their family dentist every six months for routine cleanings. These checkups at our Findlay office ensure that if a problem is there, we find it and provide you with immediate medical care. After all, some dental issues are inherited, and by knowing the health of your entire family, we can monitor you and your child’s smiles for any warning signs of certain inherited and genetic conditions.

Get Emergency Treatment

While we hate to think about dental emergencies, the fact remains that they happen often and usually when we least expect it.

By having a regular family dentist that you turn to for regular checkups and all of your dental needs, you’ll also find peace of mind when serious dental issues occur. Whether it’s a holiday, an evening, or a weekend, turning to a family dentist means they are there when you need it most!

Need Dental Care? Give Us a Call

If you are looking for a dentist in Findlay, OH, that can cater to both you and your children’s smiles, then call our office today at (419) 427-1500 to schedule a consultation or your next set of appointments. We can work with your schedule to find a time that is ideal for everyone!

By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
June 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do you have missing teeth or broken teeth in your mouth? Are you currently wearing dentures? Have you wished for a more complete Dental Implantsmile? If these things ring a bell for you, get help now with dental implants from Dr. Joseph Touhalisky in Findlay, OH.

If you are unsure about dental implants, here are some frequently asked questions to get you started:


What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium abutments that are designed to fit inside your gums in order to effectively replace your missing tooth roots. The implants are attached to the jawbone to create a foundation for artificial teeth. Crowns are then connected to the implants, creating an artificial tooth that is unmatched in both realistic look and feel.


How do dental implants work?

The process for receiving dental implants requires surgery and a relatively lengthy healing period (6 months to a year), during which time the abutment literally fuses with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. The entire process is as follows:

  1. The first appointment may involve broken tooth removal and preparation for future implant placement.
  2. The next appointments include the actual dental implant placement, a procedure that is performed under local anesthetic in order to ensure as much comfort as possible.
  3. After osseointegration has occured, the crown is placed atop of the abutment—a step that completes your new tooth!


How do you care for dental implants?

After dental implants have been placed, the care for your teeth is just as vital as it is for natural teeth. It is important to stick to very strict oral hygiene practices of brushing at least twice a day and flossing once every day.


Interested? Give us a call!

Dr. Touhalisky is your Findlay expert for dental implants. Call (419) 427-1500 today to schedule your consultation with Joseph Touhalisky, DDS.

By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
May 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Find out the advantages of getting a dental crown to restore your smile.

A dental crown is a very versatile and commonly used restoration, so chances are good that you may wonder whether this restorative dental crownstooth-shaped cap could actually improve the health and longevity of a damaged tooth. From the office of our Findlay, OH, dentist Dr. Joseph Touhalisky, here’s what a dental crown can do for your smile.

The Purpose of a Dental Crown

Crowns offer both restorative and cosmetic benefits. Of course, more often than not our Findlay dentist may recommend a dental crown to preserve a tooth’s natural structure after it’s been damaged or weakened by decay, trauma or infection. Since the crown fully encapsulates the visible portion of a tooth, it can protect it from further damage, all the while strengthening the tooth so that you can chew, bite or speak without issue.

A dental crown is most often placed over a tooth that has,

  • A crack or fracture
  • Severe and extensive decay (when a dental filling isn’t enough to support the damaged tooth)
  • Been significantly worn down
  • Just undergone root canal therapy

A dental crown can also be placed over a dental implant to replace a missing tooth or be placed over healthy teeth to support a dental bridge. Along with preserving a natural tooth a crown can also improve the shape, size and overall appearance of a tooth, hiding issues such as severe discolorations or misshapenness.

The Benefits of a Dental Crown

A dental crown is a great solution for anyone who needs to preserve, support and protect a tooth that is weak or damaged. Dental crowns are also made from resilient, long-lasting material, which means that with the proper care you could end up having a dental crown for many years.

Whether you are dealing with dental damage that needs to be repaired right away or you have questions about getting a dental crown, don’t hesitate to call our Findlay, OH, dental office today to learn more.

Crowns are also often made from porcelain or ceramic, which ensures that your restoration looks just like the rest of your smile. Your crown will blend right in and look just like a real tooth.

By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
March 07, 2019
Category: dental implants
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants have revolutionized the way that dentists treat tooth loss. Implants are the only dental restoration that replaces a missingImplants tooth fully from root to crown, which has a number of benefits for your oral and general health. Dr. Joseph Touhalisky, a dentist in Findlay, OH, recommends dental implants for healthy patients looking to repair their smile after tooth loss.


Dental Implants in Findlay, OH

For most people, the cosmetic effects of tooth loss tend to take center stage, and understandably so. As one of the first things that people see when they look at you, your smile plays a major role in your identity and self-esteem. However, as anyone living with tooth loss can also attest, there are a number of health problems that come along with missing teeth, from gum disease to malnutrition. Dental implants kill two birds with one stone by restoring your oral health and giving you a beautiful new smile in the process.


How Dental Implants Work

Candidates for dental implants must meet a few requirements in order to qualify. For starters, you must be an adult and in good general health. Additionally, you must have enough existing bone tissue in the gums at the time of the implant. Bone tissue loss in the gums is one of the main (but unseen) side effects of tooth loss. Implants help to prevent this by replacing the tooth's root in the socket and encouraging the growth of healthy new tissue as well.

After a comprehensive dental exam to determine if you are a good candidate, the dentist will schedule an appointment to surgically place the implant. Once in place, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue (osseointegration). After the implant has fully healed, the cosmetic crown is attached. Implants can replace a single tooth or support an entire set of dentures, making them a good option for people suffering from various stages of tooth loss.

Implants must be cared for like natural teeth with rigorous oral hygiene at home, and regular follow up care with the dentist. With proper care, they have a very high success rate and are the next best thing to natural teeth.


Find a Dentist in Findlay, OH

Are you ready to take control of your oral health and restore your smile? For more information about dental implants and to determine whether you qualify for treatment, contact our office by calling (419) 427-1500, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Touhalisky today!

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