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 smile and appearance.
Our dentist in Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Amy Marckese understands the embarrassment and anxiety that often comes with losing your teeth. DentalSpa offers dental implants in Indianapolis to replace missing teeth, as well as a range of other restorative dentistry options to enhance your natural smile. 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. They bring back full function to patients allowing them to eat and speak normally without limitations. Dr. Marckese emphasizes the importance of maintaining and restoring the stability and health of ALL teeth. Even one missing or severely damaged tooth can lead to complex dental problems down the road. Addressing a missing tooth right away can ensure that you prevent additional dental health problems from developing.
Dental Implants in Indianapolis, IN
This type of tooth replacement treatment option consists of a bio-compatible titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. When fully integrated with the bone, the dental implant will provide stability and support for a replacement tooth.
A tooth 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. Dental implants offer patients several important dental health benefits:
- Reduced bone loss: The implanted post acts like a tooth root and helps maintain healthy bone tissue where a tooth has been lost.
- Natural smile appearance and function: It is custom matched to remaining natural teeth and can enhance your smile.
- Patients can eat and speak normally: It 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 is able to provide all types of dental implants in Indianapolis, IN at her dentist office. Dr. Marckese will coordinate the entire treatment plan and work closely with a local specialist for the initial oral surgery phase; the surgical placement of the post into the jaw. 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, it will be performed first. 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 may be able to immediately complete the dental implant with a dental crown, bridge, or denture. In other instances, a temporary restoration will be placed while the dental implant heals and integrates with the jaw 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. You will be able to enjoy your beautiful smile in no time.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the dental implant treatment take?
Dental Implant treatment is usually a two-part procedure. The first part of the procedure involves the surgical placement of the implant. This is performed by a local oral surgeon. Dr. Marckese will follow up with you for the next phase of treatment.
When possible, the surgeon will place a temporary crown while the implant heals (about 3 – 6 months). Once the dental 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 will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are a candidate. It is important that you have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone structure, Dr. Marckese may coordinate with a specialist to complete bone grafting prior to the implant surgery. You should also be free of gum disease, as this can hinder the healing process.
Are there any alternatives to implants?
Yes, DentalSpa offers a variety of treatments for missing teeth. We offer dental bridges, dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Dr. Marckese will work with you to determine which choice is best for your dental health and personal smile goals.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
If you are missing teeth and interested in the best dental implants Indianapolis has to offer, schedule a dental exam and consultation with our trusted dentist in Indianapolis, Dr. Amy Marckese. We will discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals for your smile, and budget concerns to determine if dental implants are right for you. We are currently accepting new patients! Give our dentistry a call today.