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Dental Implant Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants in Fishers, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants in Fishers, IN

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Are you a candidate for dental implants?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If you mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

 

More Information

For more information about dental implants in the Fishers, Indiana area, feel free to contact us at:

Mailing Address
9126 Technology Lane
Suite #300
Fishers, IN 46038

P: 317-849-3667
F: 317-849-3668
E: info@fishersoralsurgery.com

Meridian St. OMS
3737 N. Meridian St.
Suite #400
Indianapolis, IN 46208

P: 317-931-3299
F: 317-931-3229
E: info@fishersoralsurgery.com

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

What are Dental Implants?

The dental implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These posts act as tooth root substitutes and also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for the replacement teeth. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions about dental implants in Fishers, IN, 317-849-3667.

The Surgical Procedure

Traditionally, the procedure has been performed in two steps. The dentist began by placing the implant, which was left for from three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, the patient was given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown could be put in place.

Today, there is an alternative to the two-step method that allows you to have the implant placed in one single session. This new method has simplified the procedure, both for patients and dentists.

The procedure that is chosen depends on several factors, such as the patient's dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.

Who actually performs the dental implant placement?

Dental implants are a team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Restorative Dentist. While Dr. Bennett performs the actual dental implant surgery, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis (crown, over denture, etc). Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the dental implant process.

What types of prostheses are available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments and can be removed by you, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Why dental implants?

Once you learn about dental implants, you will realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose one or several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to a renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

Why would you select dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?

One reason is for improved appearance. When you lose a tooth, your bone will begin to deteriorate. The shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or bridge doesn't.

Another reason is to maintain your natural teeth. With traditional practices, two teeth adjacent to a missing tooth must be ground down to anchor a bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.

Finally, implants are a more permanent solution. There are no loose parts to worry about. The implant is stable and comfortable. No longer will you have to worry about your denture being loose or slipping.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Dental implants and bone graft procedures can be performed in the office under local anesthesia with IV sedation. However, some procedures will allow for the patient to only have a local anesthesia. The type of anesthesia will be discussed at the initial consultation appointment.

Do dental implants need special care?

Once the dental implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.