Dental Implants — Beachwood, OH

Long-Term, Biocompatible Tooth Replacement Solutions

Millions of Americans are missing teeth, resulting in a slew of problems with their oral and even their overall health. When teeth are lost, your smile is not the only trait that takes a toll. Digesting food becomes more difficult, your risk for future tooth loss goes up, and your teeth only become increasingly misaligned. Thankfully, advanced tooth replacement solutions like dental implants from our Beachwood, OH dentist can fill the gap and get your oral health back on track! Dr. Schlessel and Dr. Hornstein can restore your smile with safe, biocompatible dental implants made from durable titanium and fitted with lifelike porcelain restorations.

Why Choose The Center for Advanced Dentistry For Dental Implants?

  • Entire Treatment Completed In-House
  • Holistic Approach to Dentistry
  • Trusted by Beachwood for 30+ Years

What Are Dental Implants?

Digital illustration of a dental implant in Beachwood after placement

Dental implants are an advanced tooth replacement treatment designed to replace teeth all the way down to the root. While other tooth replacement options only restore the visible portion of missing teeth, dental implants rebuild the structure entirely for unmatched results. The dental implant itself is a small titanium screw. The titanium fixture is designed to integrate with existing bone tissue where the missing tooth once was. On top of the fixture sits a restoration, typically made from porcelain. An abutment connects the two components together. Once healing has been completed, the tooth replacement will look, feel, and function just like natural.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Dentist and dental patient looking at dental implant supported dental crown

The dental implant treatment process takes place across multiple appointments, which may span the course of several months or longer. That might seem like a long time, but the end result is well-worth it! What exactly can you expect to experience during your tooth replacement journey? Each patient’s treatment plan is slightly different. However, there are four major phases of care that you can expect to go through: the initial consultation, dental implant placement surgery, osseointegration and abutment placement, and restoration.

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Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Dentist making notes during consultation

During this important appointment, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth. They will seek to learn about the extent of your tooth loss, the health of your gums, the health of your jawbone, and a little bit about your medical history and lifestyle habits. Based on the information they gather, they will determine if dental implants are suitable for you. If you are not a candidate for implants right away, they may recommend that you undergo one or more preliminary procedures, such as a bone graft or gum disease therapy.

Feel free to ask questions during your consultation — we want all of our patients to feel well-informed about the road ahead of them!

Dental Implant Surgery

Dental team carefully performing oral surgery

After the details of your treatment plan have been worked out, you will receive your dental implants during a minor oral surgery. We are able to perform this part of your treatment right here in our office, so you will not have to worry about getting to know a specialist or dealing with another practice’s financial policies.

The surgery itself is usually straightforward. We will numb your mouth and possibly administer sedation. Then, we will create incisions in your gums and carefully insert the implants into your jawbone. We will close the incisions and send you home so you can start the recovery process.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

Illustration of dental implant in jawbone

During the 4 – 6 months following your implant placement surgery, a biological process known as osseointegration should take place. Basically, your jawbone should form a strong bond with your implants.

Once adequate osseointegration has occurred, you may need to undergo a second minor surgery. The implant posts will be exposed, and healing caps will be placed on them. Later, you will receive abutments (small connector pieces that will keep your new teeth in place). Some patients get abutments at the same time as their initial procedure, so this second surgery is not always necessary.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

Happy dental patient admiring her teeth in the mirror

To finish your tooth replacement treatment, you will receive a crown, bridge, or denture to go on top of your dental implants. We will design your restoration by taking detailed impressions of your mouth, which a laboratory will use to fabricate your new teeth (in some instances, we can use CEREC technology to make restorations right here in our office).

When your crown, bridge, or denture is ready, we will verify that it meets our high quality standards before we secure it onto your implants. Then, you can go off and start to enjoy all the benefits of your rebuilt smile!

Benefits of Dental Implants

Closeup of flawless smile after dental implant tooth replacement

As a result of the integration between dental implant and bone, your new tooth is designed to last longer and feel more natural than any other option. Chewing feels natural because it stimulates bone and soft tissue and your facial appearance, not just your smile, looks far more natural. This is because bone stimulation and improved blood flow via dental implants prevents premature sagging and hollowing out of the cheeks.

And, for those worried about their holistic health, dental implants are designed to naturally integrate with your organic structures without worry of rejection. On average, their success rate reaches between 95 and 98 percent, even after a 10-year period. With proper care, they last between 25 years and a lifetime.

When teeth are lost, dental implants can effectively replace them in the most natural way possible. They are durable, incredibly natural-looking and capable of lasting longer than any other tooth replacement option out there.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Dentist using smile model to explain indications for dental implants

It doesn’t matter if you need to replace one tooth or an entire arch, dental implants are incredibly versatile and ideal for both situations.  While you should always talk to a dental implant expert to determine your eligibility, advancements in the technology have made it possible for most people to receive dental implants. It’s possible to replace single teeth, multiple teeth, or an entire row of teeth in either the lower or upper jaw.

Missing 1 Tooth

Animated smile during dental implant supported dental crown placement

To replace one tooth, regardless of the location, we utilize one titanium implant and one porcelain crown. Titanium is designed to integrate with the body and is commonly used in other forms of implant surgery. Porcelain mimics natural tooth enamel the best and is incredibly durable, making it ideal for implant restorations.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

Dental bridges can be easily customized to fit on top of dental implants. Instead of using natural teeth to anchor the bridge, which requires removal of tooth enamel to do, we use two implants on either end of the restoration. If you want to replace teeth without removing tooth structure, this option is definitely the way to go.

Missing All Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported denture placement

Tired of your denture constantly slipping and sliding when speaking or chewing food? By placing four to six implants throughout your jaw, we can create a more stable foundation for your full or partial denture. Implant dentures can be made to replace the top or bottom arch of teeth. They can also be customized as a fixed or removable denture depending on your preference. Implant dentures can make your denture more stable and remove the need for denture adhesive. Plus, your denture does not need routine relinings like traditional dentures in order to fit properly. Overall, you can expect a denture that last longer and is easier to maintain.

Additionally, we offer All-On-4 dental implants to help patients with severe tooth loss and low jawbone density. All-on-4 treatment allows us to cover your dental implants with a permanent restoration the same day your implants are placed. This means you can maintain a natural-looking smile as your implants integrate with your bone tissue. The treatment uses only four dental implants to restore a full arch of teeth.

Metal-Free Zirconia Dental Implants

Model smile with metal free zirconia dental implant supported dental crown

Many patients would prefer to avoid using metal materials for their implant treatment, which is why we are happy to also offer a solution that is entirely metal-free! The CeraRoot dental implant is made entirely from ceramic materials (specifically zirconium dioxide), while still offering a functional, esthetic and long-lasting solution to tooth loss. These implants are also biocompatible but offer an improved appearance thanks to their tooth-colored properties. This is especially ideal if you have thin gums that could allow the metal-components of dental implants to show.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Dental team member explaining the cost of dental implants

Due to the high level of customization that comes with dental implants, it is difficult for us to give an exact price for every patient. Each individual is going to have their own needs, which means some patients will require more implants and more complex restorations to replace teeth. This, along with the potential need for preparatory treatments like bone grafts, periodontal therapy, tooth extractions or sinus lifts, all influence your total cost.

That’s why we recommend an implant consultation in order to best determine how much you’ll pay for treatment. It is no secret that treatment can be more expensive than traditional tooth replacements, but the long-term benefits generally outweigh the short-term savings. Think of dental implants as an investment to your oral health and a path to achieving a natural-looking and fully functioning smile.

Dental Implant FAQs

Are you interested in getting dental implants? We want you to have as much information as possible so you can feel comfortable throughout each step of the treatment process. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and answered some popular questions below. If you would like to know anything else, you can always give us a call.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants can vary depending on the patient’s needs, but in many cases, a single implant can cost as much as a dental bridge. Insurance may cover some parts of your treatment, but this can vary from plan to plan. The best way to determine the cost is to have a detailed implant consultation with one of our experts first.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

The success rate can vary from person to person as oral care habits can differ. With that said, a person who has good oral health, proper oral care practices, and sufficient bone and gum tissue can dramatically improve their success rate. When placed by a professional, average reported success rates fall between 95 and 98 percent.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

With proper at-home care and regular professional cleanings, dental implants can last between 25 years and a lifetime.

Do I Have to Use Metal In My Dental Implants?

Not necessarily. While most dental implant options use metal materials, there are ceramic alternatives that not only avoid the use of metal materials but consist of fewer components. If you’re concerned about the presence of metal in your dental implants, we can perform biocompatibility testing to confirm which materials are safe for your unique biochemistry.