Dental Implants Specialist

Jane L. Dodson, DDS -  - Dentist

Bainbridge Dental Associates

Jane L. Dodson, DDS

Dentist located in Chagrin Falls, OH

When you have missing teeth, it can make normal things like eating, talking, and hanging out with friends a bit embarrassing. Getting dentures may seem awkward, particularly if you are young. For almost 40 years, many people have chosen dental implants to replace missing teeth. This long-term option replaces your teeth with artificial teeth that are anchored into your jaw and blend in with your remaining natural teeth. Dr. Jane L. Dodson and the expertly-trained staff at Bainbridge Dental Associates in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, can help restore your smile with dental implants. Go online and book your appointment or call the office today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically anchored into your jawbone. An artificial tooth is created and placed on the post for each tooth being replaced. The material and color of the artificial tooth mimics your natural tooth so much that you’ll think it was there the whole time. Only Dr. Dodson will know for sure, and she won’t tell.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are not recommended for growing children. Healthy adults can be considered for dental implants, including those who:

  • Need one or more teeth replaced
  • Are current dentures wearers
  • Suffer from chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Have mild gum disease

Candidates for dental implants must have healthy enough gums and adequate bone tissue to support an implant. If you do not have enough bone in the area, Dr. Dodson will need to perform a bone graft procedure. You’ll need to wait several months to ensure that enough strong bone is created to support the dental implant.

If you would like to be evaluated for dental implants, make an appointment with Dr. Dodson so she can find the best dental implant option for your needs and goals.

What is the process for getting dental implants?

Dental implants are placed in your mouth during a two- or three-step process over several months. First, Dr. Dodson surgically places the titanium post in the jawbone. She secures the gum over the implant, and over the next three to six months the implant will fuse to the bone. In the next step, Dr. Dodson uncovers the implant and places the crown, which is milled to mimic the size, shape, and color of the tooth being replaced.

What is a mini-implant?

Mini-implants are smaller versions of dental implants and are used when you need to replace teeth in smaller, tighter locations. Mini-implants can be used for front teeth, small teeth, and premolars.

If you’re a denture wearer having problems with your dentures slipping out of place, Dr. Dodson may also opt to install mini-implants. Using a number of mini-implants that lock into the dentures helps keep them more secure.