Dental Implants – Upper Arlington, OH

A Complete Answer for Missing Teeth

Over the past few decades, dental implants have grown more and more popular among dentists and patients alike as a way to restore smiles. Only dental implants can mimic the roots of your natural teeth, allowing them to offer all kinds of benefits that traditional bridges and dentures simply can’t. Have you been thinking of giving your smile a fresh start with dental implants in Upper Arlington? Take the first step right now by calling Tzagournis Dental Group of Upper Arlington and scheduling an appointment.


Why Choose Tzagournis Dental Group of Upper Arlington for Dental Implants?

  • In-House Dental Implant Placement
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Practice
  • Various Types of Dental Sedation Available

What Are Dental Implants?

Dentist holding model of mouth with dental implant in Upper Arlington

A dental implant is a metal post shaped like a screw. It’s made to be surgically placed in your jaw, where it will eventually join with the surrounding bone through a natural process called osseointegration. This is what allows implants to feel like natural teeth and last for decades at a time. Once your implant post is in place, a metal abutment can be used to attach a restoration such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture that will complete your smile.


The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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Unlike other regular restoration options like dentures and bridges, dental implants involve a multi-step process to ensure their success. It typically involves a consultation, surgery, osseointegration, and the delivery of your restoration(s) to finish completing your full smile. Our team will be sure to walk you through every step during your initial visit so that you’re entirely aware of what to expect from the process. In the meantime, here’s a brief look at each phase of your treatment for rebuilding your bite.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

a dentist explaining how dental implants work to a patient

The dental implant process is slightly different for everyone, but it always follows the same general structure. It begins with a consultation where we evaluate your mouth and jawbone to make sure you’re a candidate for implant surgery. We may need to schedule preliminary treatments to prepare your mouth for the next stage in the process, depending on any underlying issues we might detect. These could include services like gum disease, bone grafting, or even tooth extractions. After we’ve confirmed your oral health is in good condition, we can move forward with your treatment.

Dental Implant Surgery

an oral surgeon performing the dental implant surgery

Once your jaw is ready to support implants, a minor surgical procedure will be performed to place the posts. The good news is that our talented oral surgeon can perform the entire procedure in-house so that you don’t have to drive across town to a separate practice. The procedure typically involves making a tiny incision in your gums to reach your jawbone, where our team will place your implant(s) in the preplanned locations. Then, we’ll close the gums around your posts before topping them off with dental caps for protection during the healing phase.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

a 3D depiction of a dental implant in the jawbone

During your recovery, you’ll need to get plenty of rest to allow your mouth to undergo osseointegration—when the dental implants bond with your jawbone. It takes about three to six months for implants to join with the jawbone, after which we can perform a second, shorter process to attach abutments—tiny metal connector pieces designed to connect your restorations to your implants.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s)

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Finally, we can take impressions of your mouth with your implants in place and use them to design the final restoration. Once we’ve made any necessary last-minute adjustments, we’ll call you back into our office so that we can attach your brand-new restoration(s) to the abutment(s) and put the finishing touches on your new smile. After we’ve given your smile the once over and all is well, you’ll be free to enjoy your rebuilt pearly whites for many years to come.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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  • Prevent Bone Loss: Dental implants help stimulate the jawbone, which prevents the bone from shrinking over time.
  • Natural Look and Feel: Dental implants are just as comfortable as your natural teeth, and the restorations they support are made out of lifelike materials.
  • Unrestricted Diet: With dental implants, you’ll have the freedom to enjoy all of your favorite foods thanks to the chewing power that they provide.
  • Easy Maintenance: Dental implants don’t require specialized care. You can brush and floss them the same way you would your natural teeth.
  • Longevity: While dentures and bridges usually last for around 10 years at a time, dental implants can potentially last the rest of your life.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Dental implants can be used to replace any number of teeth. As long as you are an adult, have a sufficient amount of bone in your jaw, have a mouth free of gum disease, and don’t suffer from any medical conditions that would prevent you from having surgery done, you are most likely a good candidate for the procedure. During your initial consultation, we’ll give you an outline of what you can expect the process to look like based on how many teeth need to be replaced.


Missing One Tooth

Dental crown being placed onto dental implant

A single implant can be placed in the area where the tooth was lost. After the area around the implant heals, we can restore it with a lifelike dental crown. Unlike traditional dental bridges, single implants let us fill in small gaps in your smile without having to make any permanent changes to your natural enamel.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Dental bridge being placed onto two dental implants

When there’s a gap that was left by three or more consecutive teeth, we can place two dental implants to support a dental bridge. This approach lets us replace multiple teeth at once without needing to place a separate implant post for each one. If multiple gaps need to be filled, you can also get a partial denture supported by a certain number of implants.


Missing All of Your Teeth

Full denture being placed onto six dental implants

Traditional full dentures rest on your gums, but if you’d like your new smile to have more stability, we can instead attach an entire arch of artificial teeth to four or more dental implant posts. Implant dentures can be permanently fixed in place, but they can also be designed to be removable based on your preferences.


Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Everyone's smile is different, so the cost of getting dental implants varies as well. During your consultation with us, we will thoroughly examine your smile and discuss all of the factors that contribute to the cost of your treatment in detail. Until then, here are some things for you to take into consideration.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

Sometimes, patients need to get gum disease treatment, tooth extractions, bone grafting, or other treatments before they are able to have dental implants placed. It is important to consider these procedures when assessing the financial aspects of your treatment if this applies to you. The good news is that many preliminary procedures are partially covered by dental insurance. At Tzagournis Dental Group, we are proud to complete the entire dental implant process at our practice, so you don’t need to worry about working with an outside specialist or needing to pay someone separately for the procedure.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

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There are several different factors that will play a role in the cost of your treatment. Here are the main ones that we consider:

  • Number of Implants: The number of teeth that you are missing and where they are located will determine the number of dental implants you need. The more you require, the higher the cost will be.
  • Type of Restoration: Dental crowns, bridges, and dentures are all at different price points. Most of the time, smaller restorations are less costly.
  • Materials Used: Dental implants are usually made from surgical titanium. However, they can also be crafted from zirconia in some circumstances.
  • Dental Implant Brand: Dental implants come from numerous manufacturers. This will influence their costs.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

Woman smiling in the dental chair

It’s tempting to try to save money on your treatment by considering other tooth replacement options, like dentures or dental bridges. Both of these are effective at addressing tooth loss, but they don’t provide all of the same benefits that dental implants do. Dental implants can actually help you save money in the wrong run because you won’t need to pay for replacements or repairs every few years. You don’t need to stock up on adhesives and soaking solutions either. Dental implants also help to prevent serious oral health issues, so you may be able to avoid costly treatments later on.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Dental insurance form

Oftentimes, dental insurance doesn’t cover the cost of dental implants. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Parts of the final restoration and preliminary treatments are often partially covered. Every plan looks a little bit different, so it is always best to double-check with your provider ahead of time so you don’t end up with an unnecessary surprise. Our team would also be happy to help you with this process. It is always our goal to fully maximize your coverage.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

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If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t mean that you will be left completely on your own. With our In-House Dental Plan, you can save on procedures completed at our practice. To learn more about your financial options, don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly team members.

Dental Implant FAQs

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

With steps that entail minor surgery, you may worry that you will be in pain, but rest assured we will go out of our way to make sure you’re comfortable. In addition to a local anesthetic, which will numb the area, we can offer you various methods of sedation, calming any fear or nerves you have. After the surgery is over, you should rest for a couple of days, but over-the-counter pain medicine is usually enough to manage any discomfort. During this delicate time, you should also eat only soft foods to give the sensitive tissue enough time to heal. Overall, getting dental implants doesn’t usually include pain.

How Long Does It Take to Get Dental Implants?

From beginning to end, the process of getting dental implants can take anywhere between six months and a year. Much of this time is consumed with allowing your jawbone to grow and surround the implant posts. This step is essential for success and gives your replacement teeth stability. When you come in for your consultation, we should be able to estimate how long treatment will take in your specific case, helping you know what to expect.

How Many Implants Will I Need?

Each tooth loss situation is unique, and so is each patient’s mouth, which means that the number of required implants will vary greatly from person to person. Often, we are able to replace multiple teeth with fewer implants. Depending on how strong your jawbone is, how many teeth you’ve lost, and where they are in the arch, we can put together a treatment plan that will give you back your stable, robust smile in the most efficient and beneficial way possible.

Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?

There is no maximum age for dental implants. Whether you’re 18 or 108, dental implants could be a viable option to replace missing teeth. Again, the only requirements are having a healthy mouth free from infection, being in good overall health, and having enough jawbone density to support the posts. If you meet these criteria, you would be a good candidate, regardless of your age. As a result, it’s never too late to love your functional, complete, and brilliant smile!

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(614) 457-1481 5025 Arlington Centre Blvd #220, Upper Arlington, OH
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