Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are titanium root form structures that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by an oral surgeon or periodontist. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will typically last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
Radiographs and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone by an oral surgeon or periodontist, and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to three to six months.
Once the implant has healed into the bone sufficiently, which will be confirmed by the oral surgeon or periodontist, the dental implant is ready to restore.
Impressions of the implant will be made, a custom abutment and final crown will be fabricated by a certified dental laboratory technician, and both restorations will be assembled and seated into the dental implant. The fabrication time for this stage is approximately three weeks.
Dr. Sterley works closely with several Indianapolis area, board certified oral surgeons and periodontists who are expert in accurately placing dental implants. Dr. Sterley will then restore the implant with the crown or prosthesis desired by the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, our office is happy to assist you. We have also provided an informative video located under our website links.