Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. When a fracture or decayed tooth is removed, a dental implant is placed in the jawbone to replace the missing tooth or teeth.

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. When a fracture or decayed tooth is removed, a dental implant is placed in the jawbone to replace the missing tooth or teeth. The implant actually fuses to the bone and becomes very sturdy and strong. A crown is placed on the top of the implant and the combination of the implant and crown look and function just like a natural crown and its root. This type of treatment allows you to chew naturally, laugh and talk normally.

Dr. Shankland and his staff can treat you with both conventional and mini implants. This wonderful service also helps hold dentures and partial dentures in place when nothing else has worked. Imagine having a denture and still being able to eat, talk or sing normally with no concern of a loose denture?

 

Dr. Shankland offers a free consultation concerning implants. The apointment includes an extensive oral and cancer examination and any necessary x-rays as well as a thorough consultation in which all of your treatment options will be discussed. In the picture below, a conventional implant with its crown is pictured. The picture on the far right shows the implant embedded within the bone and the bone actually growing up to and around the implant. Oftentimes, we can place the implant and crown at the very same appointment!

conventional-implant-with-crown

Are dental implants safe? Dr. Shankland, being a mercury-free dentist since 1979, if very concerned with using only biocompatible materials within the human body. Dental implants are usually made of titanium, a biocompatible material that’s been used in the body for decades for joint implants. To date, Dr. Shankland has not discovered or read any study which demonstrates that titanium is injurious to the body.

 

Titanium is a strong and sturdy material. After placing the implant into the jawbone, your bone actually locks around the implant, fusing to the implant. This gives stability and great support to implants so that missing teeth can be replaced for normal, daily functions.

 

If you’re interested in discussing implants with Dr. Shankland, contact the office and make an appointment for a free-of-charge consultation.

 

Mini Implants vs Conventional Implants.

Implants have revolutionized dentistry in recent years. Today, there are many methods to restore missing teeth. Considering implants, there are two main categories, namely mini implants and conventional implants.

Although fairly new to North America, mini implants have been used in Europe for decades. Taught by the premier mini implant dentist is the US, Dr. Shankland provides mini implants to his patients if their anatomically qualify for this excellent service. Unlike most conventional implants, mini implants can often be placed and restored at the same appointment. No longer do patients have to wait 6 months or more to place a crown or bridge on the implant with mini implants. Also, loose or ill-fitting dentures can be secured at one appointment with mini implants. Best of all, with mini implants, there is no real surgery! No incisions or sutures and virtually no post-operative discomfort.

Conventional implants, on the other hand, are outstanding implants for a variety of reasons. The only problem with these implants is that once they are surgically placed, a wait period of at least 6 months is needed before the crown for the implant can be created.

Preventative Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is a practice of maintaining your oral hygiene by caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. It teach the patient how to prevent dental problems like cavities, gum disease, enamel wear etc.

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Invisible Orthodontics

Invisible orthodontic therapy is simple alternative to braces. Aligners are almost invisible and you can eat & clean your teeth normally.

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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry means using the medication to help patient to get calm & relax during dental procedure. We can provide you with safe and effective sedation so that your appointment will be pleasant and comfortable as possible.

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Restorative Dental Care

Restorative dentistry is the diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of oral health problems and restoring mouth to functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. When a fracture or decayed tooth is removed, a dental implant is placed in the jawbone to replace the missing tooth or teeth.

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Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is snoring with quiet pauses in breathing ending in gasping, snoring or choking sounds. Have you or your spouse awakened suddenly in a panic, not being able to breathe? If this continues, the diagnosis may very well be obstructive sleep apnea.

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TMD

TMD, commonly known as TMJ, are a group of musculoskeletal disorders that involve the temporomandibular joint.

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Facial Pain

Facial pain is a pain disorder of the face. It is mostly experienced by patient to one side of the face and can be described as sharp, dull, crushing, aching or burning.

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About Dr. Shankland

Dr. Wesley Shankland is highly trained in  general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and the treatment of TMD (TMJ) and other facial pain disorders.  He has been in practice since 1978 in Central Ohio.

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Staff

The staff at Dr. Shankland’s office in Westerville are dedicated to providing the best possible service to our patients. They are very knowledgeable in their fields, and most have been with him for many years.

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