Dental Implant Treatment in Indianapolis
If you are unhappy with your smile because of missing or damaged teeth, dental implants could be the solution for you. Implants are a permanent tooth replacement that can restore your confidence and reduce the amount of time and money spent on future dental procedures.
At Central Indiana Periodontics, we offer comprehensive dental implant treatment, as well as many advanced procedures to improve your oral health. Bone and tissue grafting, or sinus and ridge augmentation, can help your implant treatment be more successful, and your smile more confident. Call our friendly implantology team today and schedule a consultation!
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What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a comprehensive treatment to replace a tooth from root to crown. They are made of titanium and surgically inserted into the jawbone by our dental implant specialist. Implant posts have become a popular option because they feel very natural.
Once inserted into the jaw, the dental implant will bond with your natural bone through a process called osseointegration and transform into a sturdy base that can support one or more artificial teeth. A connector called an abutment is attached to the top of the dental implant to secure your custom restoration. Crowns, bridges, and dentures can be successfully supported by dental implants, giving you restorations that look, feel, and function naturally.
Why Implants are the Gold Standard for Replacing Teeth
Dental implant surgery is an investment in your overall oral health and not always covered by dental insurances. However, the total benefits of dental implants make the treatment a worthwhile investment with many benefits, including:
- Restoring your normal chewing ability.
- Giving you back your confidence in speaking without fear of slipping dentures.
- Keeping your existing teeth from shifting.
- Maintaining support for a youthful facial structure.
- Preventing bone loss in your jaw.
Before your treatment, we will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you have existing dental issues, like advanced gum disease, or have waited a long time to replace your missing teeth, you may need prerequisite procedures before your dental implant treatment can begin.
Extractions may be needed to reduce the chance of serious infection during dental implant surgery. Bone grafting can help build up the area where the implant will be placed, and tissue grafting can replace receding areas for a more even gum line. Dental implants have a 95 to 98 percent success rate and are safe for almost everyone. Depending on the state of your current oral health, the time to complete your treatment will vary. After your mouth has fully healed, you will need to resume regular dental exams and cleanings as you would with your natural teeth.
What Should You Expect with Dental Implant Treatment?
In most cases, dental implant placement can be performed during a single office visit if your oral health is in good condition. At Central Indiana Periodontics, we use state-of-the-art techniques, like keyhole surgery, to access the jawbone through your gum tissue and secure the titanium post. Such techniques minimize the manipulation of soft tissue and reduce discomfort and healing time. Anesthesia and oral sedation are available to manage any pain during the treatment.
After dental implant treatment, you may experience some swelling and bruising, which is completely normal. This can be treated with an over-the-counter pain reliever. We will provide you with complete post-treatment instructions to prevent infection and minimize disturbance to the treatment area. The most common instructions include:
- Applying ice packs externally as needed to reduce swelling.
- Rinsing with salt water two to three times a day.
- Eating soft food after the procedure for several days.
- Gently wiping or brushing the treated area clean after eating.
- Avoiding straws to drink for at least 48 hours.
Minus any complications, most patients will completely heal within six months of their procedure. Symptoms to watch for that could indicate infection or implant failure include fever, prolonged swelling, or extreme discomfort. If you experience any of these symptoms, or the implant feels loose, you should immediately contact our office.
Dental Implant Services We Offer
Our practice offers a variety of dental implant services, including:
If you are missing a single tooth or need to have a tooth extracted because its root or structure is beyond repair, the best permanent solution is to replace it with a dental implant. When only a single implant is needed, a single implant and crown can provide a fully-functioning tooth with minimal pain and a shorter treatment and recovery time.
When one or more teeth are missing, dental implants can be used to support a fixed bridge, especially when the adjacent teeth are not healthy enough to provide an anchor. An implant-supported bridge prevents the need for healthy adjacent teeth to be altered to support the fixed bridge, and it provides stimulation to the jawbone to prevent resorption.
If you have lost all your teeth and rely on removable dentures, dental implants can be life-changing. You can now have implant treatments combined with a custom prosthetic to replace an entire arch of teeth. This will provide you with a permanent, stable, and aesthetically-pleasing solution to removable dentures.
Accidents happen, and there may be circumstances where you might need to have a tooth replaced immediately. This type of dental implant treatment is referred to as an “immediate load” implant. It involves attaching a temporary crown to the implanted post on the same day of placement surgery. This procedure is often used for patients who want to have a functional bite right away, including those who require implant-supported dentures. Popular methods used for immediate implants include All-On-4®, Teeth in a Day, and Full Mouth Reconstruction.
How i-cat® 3D Imaging Improves the Implant Process
Our office uses i-cat® 3D imaging, which is one of the best technologies available and a valuable tool for improving the implant process. The i-cat® gives us the ability to examine the structure of your mouth and see your teeth, roots, jaw, sinuses, and nerves in three dimensions. This technology allows our team to determine where to place the implant safely and securely.
This non-invasive, painless, and comfortable diagnostic tool allows us to accurately predict the success of dental implant procedures better than previously used traditional methods. The i-cat® 3D imaging system provides scans that have greater clarity and resolution than conventional x-rays and helps avoid unnecessary surgery.
Advanced Care and Friendly Service
Your comfort and oral health are always our top priority. We offer sedation for anxious patients, including nitrous, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Whenever possible, our team of dental professionals will take a conservative approach by treating your dental issues using the latest technology available, including laser treatments.
At Central Indiana Periodontics, you can trust us to solve your dental problems and provide the appropriate solution for even the most complex cases, including traumatic injuries. We are also experienced in dental implant retreatment and can provide gentle care to encourage a fast recovery. If you are looking for options to replace missing teeth, or already know what you want, we can help you get started on creating a long-lasting smile you will love. Call us today!
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