Are Dental Implants the Best Way to Restore Missing Teeth?
Dental implants seem like the ideal option for replacing missing teeth.
However, a lot of patients forego getting an implant because of the cost. They want to know for sure that implants are the best long-term option.
Today, you’ll learn why your Carmel implant dentist highly recommends this type of restorative procedure.
What are Dental Implants? How Do They Work?
A dental implant looks like a screw and is placed in the jawbone. After you heal from implant placement surgery, your dentist will place an abutment, which attaches to the implant screw. Your implant crown will fit on top of the abutment.
An implant procedure can take a few months to complete. You need to factor in time for:
- An extraction (if the tooth is still present)
- A bone graft (if there isn’t enough bone to support an implant)
- Healing time once the implant is placed
- Lab time if the dental crown is fabricated by a dental lab technician
Additional time may be needed if the implants are being used along with dentures.
Why Your Carmel Dentist Recommends Implants
There are a few reasons an implant dentist in Carmel encourages patients to consider this restorative process:
Implants are made of strong metal and integrate into the bone just like the roots of your teeth do. This allows you to eat just about anything you want.
The roots of your teeth anchor the jawbone in place. Without them, the jawbones start to recede, which is why you often notice that people with dentures have very thin jawbones. Thin bones can easily fracture, and it can be difficult for dentures to fit thin ridges.
Easy to Clean
To keep your jawbones and the rest of your teeth healthy, daily home care is necessary. Thankfully, it’s easy to do with an implant. You simply brush and floss as per normal.
Why Choose Smile Arts Dental for Implant Procedures
Dr. Alex Balaban is a member of the Perio Institute of Implantology. He takes his education and his patients’ needs very seriously. You can trust that Dr. Balaban is up to date on the latest implant technology and best practices. If you’re ready to invest in implants, your Carmel dentist is happy to discuss your options.
Are you interested in restoring a missing tooth with a dental implant? Contact us today at 317-575-1995 to find out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure.