What is a Dental Implant?
Implants are the perfect solution for missing teeth. A dental implant is shaped very much like a screw and is affixed to the jawbone to mimic a tooth's root. This root is then topped with an abutment and crown to keep the surrounding teeth in line while restoring form and function.
Types of Dental Implants
mplants can be used to replace a single missing tooth. After the implant has been placed, a crown will be attached to match your natural teeth. If properly maintained, implants can last a lifetime and are the best tooth replacement option available.
If you are missing several teeth, then multiple implants can be placed. This is often your best option when the adjacent teeth are healthy.
Generally, four implants are placed and used to secure a row of prosthetic teeth without the need for bulky, loose dentures. You will get the look and function of a full arch of teeth without the need to replace every missing tooth with an implant. Home care is extremely easy, as you can simply brush and rinse the prosthesis, just as you did with your natural teeth. It is typically removed twice a year by the dentist and professionally cleaned.
Implant Retained Dentures
With implants, dentures can be better secured, eliminating the need for denture adhesive. Implants can allow dentures to not only feel great but to be more functionally stable and help with speech and chewing. Various types of implant-supported dentures exist.
Why an Oral Surgeon vs. a General Dentist?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive specialized training to treat a variety of conditions affecting the head, neck, face, mouth, and jaws. Although a general dentist may perform simple tooth extractions, more complex surgeries, such as removing wisdom teeth, are what we are specifically trained to do. Plus, we have advanced equipment to make procedures more affordable and comfortable for the best overall experience.
How Do I Get Started with Dental Implants in Merrillville?
Every patient is different. To ensure you are the best candidate for dental implants, you’ll want to schedule a consultation with our surgeons to evaluate your mouth. This includes going over your medical history, obtaining advanced 3D imaging to evaluate teeth and bone, and discussing your desires for replacement. From there, we’ll be able to provide you with your treatment options, talk about payment, and discuss how soon you will benefit from the treatment.
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Why an oral surgeon vs. dentist?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive specialized training to treat a variety of conditions affecting the head, neck, face, mouth, and jaws. Although a general dentist may perform simple tooth extractions -- more complex surgeries, such as removing wisdom teeth, are what we are specifically trained to do. Plus, we have advanced equipment to make procedures more affordable, and significantly more comfortable, for you to have the best overall experience.