Dental Implants

A Dental Implant Can Replace a Missing Tooth and Its Root

If you have a missing tooth, a dental implant and crown can be used as a replacement. The implant restoration replaces both the missing tooth and the root. This option is preferred over other tooth-replacement options because it looks and functions like a natural tooth, and it achieves that without compromising the health of the remaining teeth.

The dental implant advantage

After a tooth is lost, the bone in the area is no longer receiving stimulation from the tooth’s root and gradually, the bone starts to deteriorate. It is possible to halt further bone breakdown by placing an implant to replace the lost tooth and restore the lost stimulation. This is especially crucial for the front set of teeth, where bone resorption is most likely to be noticed.

Also, the gap left by the missing tooth can allow nearby teeth to move or shift. When the teeth are out of alignment, the bite is affected negatively in a condition known as malocclusion. This can alter how the person chews, and affects the surrounding muscles and joints, causing issues such as recurrent headaches. It is harder to clean misaligned teeth, predisposing them to the risk of decay and gum disease. Dental implants can prevent healthy teeth from moving into the gap and provide stability for the bite while reducing excess pressure on remaining teeth.

Placing a dental implant

The implant procedure involves the surgical insertion of a small titanium screw into the jawbone where the tooth was lost. Over three to five months, the implant and the bone will fuse to create a solid anchor for the tooth prosthesis. During this process (called osseointegration) the dentist will place a temporary tooth crown over the implant site until the final crown is placed.

After osseointegration is complete, the next process is often to uncover the implant and connect the abutment if it was not placed initially. The abutment will be the link between the implant post and the dental crown. The gum will be left to heal for some time after this process. Finally, the dentist will fabricate a porcelain dental crown for the patient, which will be fixed over the abutment. After cementing the crown permanently in place, the patient will have a restored dentition and all dental functions.

A missing tooth can affect oral health and self-confidence. The teeth should not be treated as single units, but as a team working together in harmony. Dental issues occur when the teeth are disjointed.

Do you have one or more missing teeth?

A dental implant can give you a natural-looking dental restoration that will fit in with the rest of the teeth. It is the only replacement option that does not only replace the crown, but also the root. This makes it the perfect choice to preserve jawbone volume and maintain oral health. If you are looking to replace a lost tooth, contact our office to book a consultation appointment.

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Smile like you did when you were a child. Dental implants can repair a smile and make it look as good as new. Call us for more details today!

Dental Implants

If you have experienced tooth loss, dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. We create beautiful looking teeth that are as strong and durable as natural ones.

Dental Implants

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

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A Strong, Sturdy, Functional And Natural-Looking Replacement

Dental implants are the most modern and effective way to replace lost teeth. Unfortunately, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry finds that “More than 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws.” This condition occurs largely due to age, diseases, or accidents. Living without teeth or with fewer teeth than one needs creates a number of challenges.

For starters, lost teeth restrict what food one can eat since one has to be careful about chewing hard foods. In addition, people who have lost teeth tend to be very self-conscious and do not smile as much as they could or should. This creates a social challenge. Finally, lost teeth can influence speech patterns, making it difficult to clearly pronounce or enunciate certain words. With dental implants, all these problems can be a thing of the past.

A natural feel and appearance

It can be difficult to find tooth replacements that feel natural and function naturally. The dental implants system works much like the natural system that the body designed. There is an anchor, which is the dental implant itself, and then there is the tooth. The tooth itself is replaced with a dental crown, which is a common replacement for teeth. The dental lab will make dental crowns out of a durable porcelain that does not harm other teeth. In addition to this, the porcelain dental crowns look and feel exactly like your natural teeth, so nobody will ever even know they are there.

The dental crown is attached to an abutment, which is a small portion of the dental implants left above the gum line. The dental implants themselves are a tiny cone-shaped object, often a screw, which is placed directly into the jawbone for added strength and stability. The flat portion of the dental implants is where the abutment is attached and provides the surface for the tooth to be attached.

Similar to the root of a natural tooth, the tiny screw acts to support the tooth and work in concert with the jawbone itself to support the new tooth. Even more impressive, patients do not ever have to worry about taking them out or providing special care for the dental implants.

Dental implants are sturdy and functional

Dental implants are one of the most permanent solutions available when it comes to replacing lost teeth. Upon placement, they remain in the mouth indefinitely. Caring for the crowns on top of the implants are much the same as caring for the regular teeth. Brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash are all ways to keep the implant healthy. While the porcelain itself cannot get cavities, infections or discoloring, the gum is still natural tissue and needs preventative dental care through proper oral hygiene.

In addition, you do not want to encourage infections or cavities in the teeth around the dental implants. If these teeth yellow, the implant will become far more obvious. Dental implants are changing the way we see tooth loss. Do not hesitate to consider dental implants for tooth replacement.

Dental Implants

If you have experienced tooth loss, dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. We create beautiful looking teeth that are as strong and durable as natural ones.

Dental Implants

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

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Using Dental Implants To Replace Teeth

The use of dental implants, to replace lost teeth, is a testament to the resilience of a treatment method that has been around for thousands of years. Dental implants are so successful that we are actually starting to change how people view what their options are with tooth replacements. For most people, the idea of tooth loss is limited to people in their older age, a myth that often delays not taking great care of your teeth. The truth is that tooth loss affects people of all ages and all demographics.

Timeless Method

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, AAID, finds that 69 percent of people over the age of 35 have lost at least one tooth. Teeth are critical for multiple functions. First, they are the starting place of all human digestion. Second, they are what we use to enunciate and form words. Third, they are the foundation upon which we base certain social signals like smiling.

All of these make teeth critically important to modern human life. This makes it ironic that we are using a treatment that dates back thousands of years to the ancient Mayans. In the old days, the ancient Mayans would hammer pieces of bone or shell into a person’s gums to give them new “fake teeth”. Today, we have divested with the hammers and the shells for modern materials and the benefits of medical science.

However, the basic idea of replacing a lost tooth with an implant remains the same. The teeth we are able to secure, look and feel exactly like the natural teeth around them to the point where, after a while, even the patient will forget that he or she has a fake tooth on a dental implant.

Space Age Material

It is interesting to note that NASA uses the same material to make space objects, including parts of the spacecraft, out of the same material we use to fabricate dental implants. Titanium is one of the most durable and strongest metals that holds application in many places. Titanium can withstand a tremendous strain, including titanium that is in the mouth. In addition to the strength this metal brings to dental implants, it is also extremely biocompatible, meaning that it fuses effortlessly with the bone for maximum stability.

Dental implants serve a dual purpose

Dental implants provide an anchor for the new teeth, also known as dental crowns. The implant helps the crown remain stable and strong. Dental implants also provide the jaw with much-needed stimulation, which under normal circumstances is provided by the root of the tooth. When the root is lost, this stimulation ceases, often leading to a deterioration of the quality and density of the bone mass in the jawbone. Dental implants help the jawbone to regain lost mass.

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