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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are one of the options we offer at Premier Dental Care for replacing the teeth missing from your smile. A dental implant is a small, screw-like post. The implant is surgically inserted in the jawbone to act as a replacement for the root of the lost tooth. The bone bonds with the implant, ensuring that your restoration is stable and secure. After a period of healing, our talented dentist will place a dental crown or full or partial denture on top of the post to complete the restoration. This portion of the dental implant replaces the crown of the missing tooth and restores the function and beauty of your smile. We use Zirconia Z-System and CERAROOT dental implants in Indianapolis, Indiana, to make certain that you achieve the best possible results.

Do I need a dental implant?

Dr. Marla Wilson knows that healthy teeth form the foundation of a beautiful face and can be critical to overall health. Our teeth influence how we eat and how we speak, and they also affect our jaw position and posture. Missing teeth can cause shifting of existing teeth and the collapse of the bite, which will lead to significant health complications such as headaches, neck pain, and sleeping disorders.

For a more natural feel, many patients select an implant to replace a missing tooth. Because implants feel like natural teeth, they offer stability, exceptional chewing comfort, do not constrict the space for the tongue, and are aesthetically natural and healthy in appearance. An implant makes sense because it helps strengthen adjacent teeth as well as protect and preserve the jaw bone. Since the implant functions as a root, it maintains the bone levels on the adjacent teeth so they are not lost overtime.

Simply stated, an implant is an artificial tooth root inserted into the location of the previous tooth, and it consists of three major parts. These include the implant itself, the abutment that screws into the implant and is where we cement the crown on, and the crown that is the visible portion which looks like the original tooth.

Implants have served patients for the last forty years with a success rate of about 95%. More than four decades of scientific research and clinical experience have shown that dental implants function as an optimal and permanent solution to tooth loss.

Furthermore, dental implants are a better alternative to dentures because they are made to mimic your natural teeth in both form and function. Traditional dentures are removable, prone to slippage or an imprecise fit, and require ongoing maintenance. They also have unsightly hooks that show when you smile.

3D Imaging
3D imaging is an important image for dentists to use when placing implants because they allow us to visualize the placement of dental implants in three dimensions. This enables the dentist to get an advanced, detailed look at the interior section of the jawbone, surrounding tissues, and nerves. A customized scanning guide for obtaining the image of the jaw enables the fabrication of an accurate, computer-generated surgical guide that makes the best use of available bone, minimizes surgery, and avoids potential problems such as nerve exposure and sinus perforation. The guide makes placing implants easier and safer. Call us today to learn more.