By Kenneth Krause, DMD
August 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You have heard of the dental implant, but you don't know details about this modern tooth replacement. Now you have lost a molar due to a dental implantssevere infection. Would a dental implant be right for you? Learn about dental implants from Westfield, IN, dentists, Dr. Kenneth Krause and Dr. Katie Krause. The dental implant mimics a real tooth in appearance and function. Plus, it keeps the jaw bone and gums healthy. The expert team at Krause Dental offers complimentary implant consultations so you make the right decision for your oral health.

If it acts like a tooth, it must be a tooth

Well, the dental implant does act and look like a tooth, but it's 100 percent artificial. Made up of a titanium screw, metal alloy post and porcelain crown, the single-tooth implant resides right in the jaw bone. Dr. Krause inserts the implant device into the jaw bone, and over the period of many weeks, the bone adheres to the titanium metal, forming a bond that rivals that of a natural tooth. This bonding process is called osseointegration, and it's the subject of much study and praise among dentists and orthopedic surgeons alike.

So while a dental implant is prosthetic, it can stay in place and serve a patient for literally a lifetime. Additionally, dentists place multiple implants to support bridges and dentures, giving patients stronger jaw bones, healthier gum tissue and natural facial appearance and oral function. Conventional tooth replacements don't come close to the performance, aesthetics and longevity dental implants in Westfield offer adult and teen patients.

What's the implant process like?

During a free implant consultation, Dr. Krause will examine your mouth to ensure you have good oral health. He'll ask about your overall health as some conditions such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases can make implant placement difficult. Also, the dentist will take some digital X-rays and a CT scan to look at the density of your jaw bone. It must be strong enough to support the implant device.

If you decide to get a dental implant, rest assured that the in-office surgery is simple and comfortable. You should need only local anesthetic to numb the area. The dentist will open the gums at the implant site and drill a hole into the bone. Then, the implant is inserted and the site closed.

After the site is fully healed and the implant well integrated into the jaw, you return to Krause Dental. The doctor re-opens the site and bonds the extension post and customized porcelain crown in place.

Expect your implant to last

Of course, you must brush and floss as you normally do, and come to Krause Dental for six-month cleanings and exams. With good care, your dental implant should serve you indefinitely--up to 40 or even 50 years, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Contact us

See if an inventive dental implant can restore your gapped smile. Won't you call Krause Dental to book a consultation? (317) 399-9329.