Dental Implants: Exceptional Implants for Northwest Indiana
Dental implants or bridges can replace missing teeth. Many people in Northwest Indiana and around the country have missing teeth. It is usually advisable to replace these missing teeth with dental implants or bridges, which will help prevent the other teeth from moving. When teeth shift, it can create areas that are difficult to keep clean. This often leads to problems with the gums and can also contribute to cavities. Additionally, the teeth may no longer fit together properly, which often causes excessive wearing down of the teeth, headaches, and other problems.
Dental implants have been utilized for many years to replace missing teeth, and they are made of titanium. Titanium is accepted by the body, thus allowing for great integration with the jaw bone. Implants are surgically placed in the area of the missing tooth or teeth, and it usually heals within three to six months. This is often determined by how strong the bone is.
How do Dental Implants Work?
The bone will osseointegrate or fuse to the implant, creating a very strong and stable replacement for your missing tooth. After the dental implant is integrated with the bone, another piece is attached to it that extends above the gum and provides something for a dental crown to attach to. This will give you a new tooth with which to chew, and it will close the space that might have led to the other teeth shifting.
Implant bridges are also used at times to replace multiple missing teeth. Another common use of dental implants is placement to help improve the retention and stability of a denture. Sometimes patients who have worn dentures for decades have implants placed that their dentures “snap” onto, which makes the denture feel much more like their own teeth.
Implants work especially well in cases where the adjacent teeth are in good shape and are in line with one another. If the bone level and quality is good, then bone grafts (addition of bone) are usually unnecessary.
Dental bridges are also utilized frequently to replace missing teeth. If the adjacent teeth are compromised, a bridge is often a good option so that the teeth are restored at the same time that the missing tooth is replaced. This option will also restore excellent form and function in this area. The cost to replace a missing tooth with a three-tooth bridge is similar to the cost for implant surgery and a crown.
Come See Us in Valparaiso or Chesterton!
Several factors need to be considered in order to make the right recommendation for each patient. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, please call Smiles by Arnold & Associates at 219-926-5445 or 219-531-8914 for a free consultation, or a new patient exam to see which replacement option works best for you.