Today, dental implants are the most effective approach for restoring and preserving both oral health and personal appearance.
Innovative medical technology allows us to use advanced techniques and space-age materials to recreate your natural teeth. Unlike other forms of dental restoration, implants look, feel and work as effectively as – or better than – healthy, natural teeth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
In general terms, an implant is any medical device that replaces the form and function of some part of the body. In the dental field, we use implants to replace missing teeth as well tooth roots.
Dental implants use tiny, threaded metal cylinders, typically made of medical-grade titanium, to replace your tooth’s root. The cylinders, commonly called posts, are implanted directly into the jawbone. Because titanium is biocompatible with the human body, bone structures and immune systems accept them as their own.
Doctors then place a custom restoration on top of the posts. This is typically a crown or bridge, which replicates the appearance and function of your own teeth.
The Implant Procedure
Because this technology has come so far, implants can often be done in our office using local anesthesia, in the same way as filling a tooth. In some cases, however, a surgical procedure may be required, especially if ridge augmentation is necessary.
At Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our surgeons use CT scanning technology to produce three-dimensional renderings of your mouth, allowing them to design and test implants virtually. This way, when the time comes for the real thing, they can place your implants with pinpoint precision.
During the implant procedure, the doctor begins by creating a channel for the metal post. The post is then implanted and covered with a temporary crown or bridge. Over the next few months, the post will integrate with the bone and literally become one with your jaw.
Once the initial healing process is complete, you will return to our office for placement of your permanent crown, bridge or denture.
Almost Better Than Natural Teeth
Although nothing can truly replace your own healthy teeth, dental implants come very close, and in some ways, they may be even better.
Having your missing teeth replaced means your remaining teeth won’t shift to fill in the empty space or move out of alignment. The titanium post anchored in your jaw will ensure that bone loss is minimized or eliminated ― a significant risk with dentures and other less effective restoration techniques.
What our patients like best about implants, other than their attractive, natural appearance, is that they can’t decay. Patients can resume eating their favorite foods without worry or discomfort. Simply care for your dental restorations as diligently as you do your natural teeth, and they will provide you with many years of faithful service.
To determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Indianapolis. Our doctors can provide all the information you need to help you make the move to affordable, permanent dental implants.