Missing teeth are often more than a dental problem. They can affect daily quality of life as well as your sense of confidence in your appearance.
Indianapolis dentist Dr. Amy Marckese-Braun understands the embarrassment and anxiety that often comes with losing your teeth. DentalSpa offers a wide range of options for replacing missing teeth including dental implants. For many patients, dental implants provide the best long term results for both esthetic and health reasons.
Dental implants are the most permanent, natural looking solution for missing or broken teeth and allow patients to eat and speak normally. Dr. Marckese-Braun emphasizes the importance of maintaining or restoring the stability and health of ALL teeth– even one missing or severely damaged tooth can often lead to complex dental problems down the road. Addressing a missing tooth right away can ensure that you have treatment options and prevent additional problems from developing.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant is a bio-compatible titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone, replacing the root of missing teeth. When fully integrated with the bone, the dental implant will provide stability and support for a replacement tooth.
A dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth or used to replace all of your missing teeth by supporting a denture or over-bridge.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer patients several important dental health benefits:
- Reduced bone loss: the implanted post acts like a tooth root and helps to maintain healthy bone tissue where a tooth has been lost.
- Natural appearance and function: a dental implant is custom matched to remaining natural teeth and can enhance your smile.
- Patients can eat and speak normally: a dental implant fits securely and permanently in the mouth, allowing patients to eat a varied healthy diet without concerns about slippage
- No need for daily maintenance: one of the most convenient benefits, no need for adhesives and fear of an appliance falling out.
The Dental Implant Process
Dr. Amy Marckese-Braun is able to perform a majority of dental implant procedures in our Indianapolis dental office. A small number of cases are referred to specialists to have the dental implant placed. In either situation, Dr. Marckese-Braun will coordinate the entire treatment plan and work closely with the specialist, when necessary, to be sure everything is properly placed. Our staff will assist you with any scheduling that may be needed in the event you are referred to a specialist.
If a tooth extraction is needed, that will be performed first and then the dental implant will be surgically placed in the jawbone. The implant is a small post made of titanium that will fuse with the living bone as it heals, forming a solid structure for the replacement tooth.
In some cases, Dr. Marckese-Braun may be able to immediately replace the dental implant with a dental crown, bridge or denture. In other instances, a temporary restoration will be placed while the implant heals and integrates with the bone.
It typically takes 3 to 6 months for the implant to fully fuse with the jawbone. The final restoration will be attached to the dental implant for a permanent restoration.
Dental Implant FAQs
How long will dental implant treatment take?
This is usually a two part procedure. The first part of the procedure involves the surgical placement of the implant. In some circumstances, the dental implant can be placed and restored with a dental crown during this visit. Other times, Dr. Marckese-Braun will place a temporary crown while the implant heals (about 3 – 6 months). Once the implant has integrated with the bone, you will return to DentalSpa for the final restoration of the implant.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants can be used for patients of any age with sufficient healthy jaw bone. Dr. Marckese-Braun will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant. It is important that you have enough bone to support the dental implant. If you do not have enough bone structure, Dr. Marckese-Braun may coordinate with a specialist to complete bone grafting prior to the dental implant surgery.
Are there any alternatives to implants?
Yes, DentalSpa offers a variety of treatments for missing teeth including dental bridges and dentures. Dr. Marckese-Braun will work with you to determine which choice is best for your dental health and personal goals.