Dental Implants // Dental Implants for Mishawaka & South Bend
A dental implant is a surgical procedure that replaces a tooth without affecting the adjacent teeth. A titanium post is placed directly into the bone and is covered by a healing cap. After adequate healing time, the healing cap is removed and an abutment post is placed. The crown (the replacement tooth) is cemented to the post.
There must be adequate bone to support the implant. If the bone is too thin or soft a bone graft will be needed to support the implant. A sinus lift might be needed as well if the sinuses are too close to the jaw.
Dental Implant Benefits
There are many benefits in selecting dental implants as a long term solution to failing teeth, because they look, feel, and function just like the natural teeth and are otherwise indistinguishable from natural teeth. Better still, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. Dental implants are a solution that requires no additional maintenance outside of your normal dental routines.
Being both strong and stable, dental implants are designed to fit comfortably in your mouth without the discomfort and embarrassment often associated with dentures slipping out of place. Once you are fitted with your dental implants, there are no more cavities, to worry about, no extraneous damage to surrounding teeth, (which could be the case with a bridge), so there's no slipping, clicking or shifting of denture work, and no costly re-treatment work required.
Patients who are losing teeth or who have lost teeth benefit from regaining their ability to preserve their facial contours and natural smile with replacement teeth that look and feel like natural teeth. Dental implants restore the ability to smile, eat, talk and enjoy life like never before.
Dental implants are changing the way people live. The dental implants themselves are fixed in place using small posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the posts, creating a strong foundation for each new artificial tooth. The dental implants helps preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that often occurs when teeth are missing. If you would like to schedule a dental implant consultation, contact Coulter Family Dentistry today, and we'll be pleased to help you.
Facial Bone Loss: Can a Dental Implant Help You Avoid Looking Prematurely Aged?
One of the potentially serious problems with a missing tooth is bone loss in that area. In order for bone to maintain itself, it needs stimulation. Without it, the bone beneath the missing tooth will begin to disappear. Dental implants, like natural teeth, transmit chewing forces to the jaw. This stimulates the bone and halts bone loss. Your facial bone supports the muscles and skin on top of it. When you lose volume, it can cause your face to look prematurely aged. Dental implants would offer a solution to stop bone loss.
Once the implant crown is in place, you may not be able to tell it apart from your natural teeth.
Should You get a Dental Implant or a Bridge?
Do not require drilling on opposing teeth
4 months of healing required after any extraction
6 months of healing after implant placement before placing the crown
Helps preserve the bone
Better strength than a bridge
No surgery needed
Can be done in 2 months after extraction
Does not preserve bone in the area where teeth were extracted
Doctor Coulter can explain other differences in these procedures including timeline and cost factors to help you make the best decision on which is better for you.