Dental Implants in Carmel, In

The Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth

Are you missing teeth and worried about how this will affect your oral health? Our implant dentist, Dr. Claren Harmon, in Carmel, IN appreciates that when even one tooth is missing, it can negatively impact the teeth around it. In addition, it can have affect on your chewing function as well as the appearance of your face.

Everyone wants a radiant and natural-looking beautiful smile, but it’s also important to think about the quality and longevity of the replacement teeth you seek. One of the best options available in dentistry today for those who are looking to restore missing teeth in their mouth would be dental implants. In addition to feeling like your natural teeth, they function and chew like a permanent part of our mouth.

 

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are metal posts that can be surgically placed into the jawbone underneath your gums. These serve as a stand-in tooth root and provide a great solid base for your dentist to place any crowns or replacement teeth. You may need a dental implant if you’ve lost teeth due to an infection, excessive decay, or simply because you were born without certain teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

The benefits of implants are that they are quite stable and imitate the function of your natural teeth. It provides a predictable long-lasting option for those who have maybe tried other types of bridges or partial dentures and are ready for a more permanent treatment plan. Your replacement tooth will be attached to the implant and give you a completer and more natural looking smile. If you’ve got healthy gums and good dental hygiene habits, this would be a great option for you! It’s important to talk to Dr. Harmon and learn about what kinds of artificial teeth would be best to attach and what kind of care dental implants would require.

How are Dental Implants Inserted?

Dental implants are put in via a simple surgery. A small incision is made in your gum tissue and a little hole is drilled in the jaw bone. This is where the metal posts get inserted and then the healing process can begin. If your jaw bone is not thick enough, you may need to have a bone graft in order to create a stronger support for the implant. If you have gum disease or a weak/soft jaw bone, you may need to talk to your dentist about different tooth replacement options. Once the dental implants are placed, the healing process typically takes a few months to fully integrate into the bone before your new teeth can be attached.

Why Should I Get Dental Implants?

There are so many options available to those who are looking to replace missing teeth. Perhaps you’ve tried other options such as partial dentures or even full dentures and felt bothered by them or they caused gagging and discomfort. This is not uncommon and many people wish for something more permanent and natural looking. One of the benefits of dental implants when replacing a single tooth is that none of your other existing adjacent teeth need to be drilled or changed in any other way in order to receive implants.

Another advantage of getting a dental implant when you are missing a tooth is that it helps preserve the integrity of the bone where the tooth was and minimizes the risk on bone loss causing a “sunken in” look in that area.

In some cases, we can combine dental implants with dentures or partials giving you a very stable balanced bite that will boost your confidence. This is referred to implant-supported dentures. A small attachment is connected inside the denture that helps to securely stabilize the appliance instead of simply resting on the gum tissue. Many of our patients have been delighted at this option because of the added stability if offers. 

How Can I Care for My Dental Implants?

Something to keep in mind if you’re thinking about dental implants is that, just like your other teeth, dental implants need care and attention. Brushing and flossing regularly is crucial in order to avoid peri-implant disease which is quite similar to regular gum disease. Your dental implants are just like your other teeth. If you neglect them, you may experience pain and discomfort. But if you give them their proper care, you can avoid periodontal disease and have happy and healthy teeth that look and function just like all of your natural teeth.

What is the Cost of Dental Implants?

The price is typically equal to that of a bridge. Because each procedure is unique and every procedure has multiple variables, we prefer to have you come in for a consultation in advance so we can accurately give you a quote. In some cases, we might place one or more implants, or there might need to be bone augmentation, so all these factors need to be intelligently discussed in advance. We can provide you with the most efficient and cost-effective options that work within your budget.

If you are in the Carmel, Fishers or Westfield areas of Indiana and would like a more permanent and natural-looking option, then ask Dr. Harmon if this awesome procedure would be a good fit for you!

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