Many of our patients come to Meridian Street Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery with important questions about tooth replacement options. These questions are an important piece in the process of picking the option, and the doctor, that is best suited for their needs. To help our Indianapolis, IN patients make the right tooth replacement decision, we have compiled this page of information about the parts of your new dental implant.
Dental implants are a natural-looking tooth replacement that are permanently anchored into the patient’s jawbone with small titanium anchors. Dental implants usually have three individual parts:
The total dental implants process time can be different for each patient. Patients who have multiple teeth replaced or who need supplemental procedures may need a longer healing time. If supplemental procedures are not necessary then the entire process can takes 6 to 8 months. If you would like to know more about supplemental treatments, please check out our supplemental procedures page.
The high level of functionality sets dental implants apart from other tooth replacement options and has made them the standard of care for many dentists and doctors. The success is largely credited to a process called osseointegration. During this amazing process, the porous nature of titanium lets the tooth root permanently fuse with the jawbone tissues. Dental Implants also prevent bone deterioration and halt new bone loss.
When patients are missing teeth, they often have a sunken facial appearance and premature wrinkles around the mouth that can make them look years older than they actually are. This is where dental implants can help. In just a few short office visits, dental implants can restore face shape, improve the tone of muscle, allow patients to chew better, improve speech, and let patients smile with confidence once more. And, most importantly, dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement option that can stop jawbone deterioration and help repair the weakened bone.
Many of our patients want to know if there is anything they can do to better prepare for dental implants. The answer to this is yes. Patients should prepare themselves by practicing good oral hygiene first and foremost. This means brushing, flossing, and seeing your doctor regularly for check-ups. Patients can also prepare themselves by eating a well-balanced diet, drinking lots of water, limiting sugar, reducing alcohol intake, and avoiding tobacco products. These practices can improve your healing, strengthen your mouth, and increase healthy oral tissues. Please feel free to call our office for further tips.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, you understand the desire to restore your smile quickly. However, your first step needs to be to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bennett to see if dental implants are a good option for you. This initial examination involves a careful inspection of your mouth, teeth, and gums to see if you are ready for dental implants placement. In some instances you may have insufficient gum tissues or inadequate jawbone density. In these cases, one or more supplemental procedures may be required. Give us a call now to schedule a consultation or to ask any additional questions.
If you live in the Indianapolis, IN area and want to experience the amazing benefits of dental implants for yourself, please feel free to call us for a no-obligation consultation. We offer great payment options and a helpful staff to answer all your important questions. Now is a great time to get started on a healthy and functional smile with dental implants from Meridian Street Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery so call us now to get started.
Dr. Michael Bennett
Fishers Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
9126 Technology Lane, Suite #300
Fishers, IN 46038