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Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
December 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out why so many adults dealing with tooth loss are turning to dental implants.

Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? If so, your goal is probably to find a replacement that will function and look just like a real tooth. This is why so many people are turning to our Westfield, IN, dentists, Drs. Kenneth & Katie Krause, to receive dental implants. Given that implants are the only tooth replacement option that can effectively replace tooth roots, they offer some pretty amazing benefits as a result. Read on to learn what this treatment can do for you!

Implants function like real teeth

People turn to our Westfield, IN, general dentists to undergo dental implant treatment because they feel, look, and act just like real teeth. In fact, once the implant is installed, you won’t even be able to tell a difference between your natural teeth and your artificial ones. This is because implants actually fuse together with bone and natural tissue, causing your mouth to treat the implant just like it’s a real tooth.

This replacement could last a lifetime

Other restorations will need to be replaced or adjusted regularly throughout your lifetime; however, an implant rarely if ever needs to be replaced. This is because the implant itself is made from a biocompatible metal such as titanium, which melds together with the jawbone and isn’t rejected by the body. As a result, you receive a durable tooth replacement that stays in the jawbone and could last the rest of your life.

An implant prevents bone loss

When an adult loses a permanent tooth, the roots are no longer there to provide the stimulation that the jawbone needs. As a result, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. Even within the first year of losing a tooth, if a patient doesn’t receive an implant, they could lose as much as 25 percent of the jawbone’s volume. This will continue to get worse over time unless an implant is placed.

Implants fully restore chewing

If you’ve ever found it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods because of one or more missing teeth, then you’re in luck. Since implants function like real teeth and fuse together with the jawbone, they will firmly stay in place. This means that you can enjoy all of your favorite foods without stressing about your teeth.

Contact us

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and whether your smile could be a good candidate for this treatment, call Krause Dental in Westfield, IN, today at (317) 399-9329 to schedule a consultation.

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
September 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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Among dental restorations, implants are the closest prosthetic we have to real teeth. They not only replace the visible crown, but the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone adequately substitutes for the tooth root. Because of their unique design, implants are not only life-like, they’re highly durable and could potentially last for decades.

But while their success rate is remarkably high (more than 95% exceed the ten-year mark), they can fail. Ironically, one possible cause for implant failure is periodontal (gum) disease. Although an implant’s materials are themselves impervious to disease, the tissues and underlying bone that support the implant aren’t. If these natural tissues become infected, the secure hold the implant has can weaken and fail.

A gum infection usually begins with dental plaque, a thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces. Certain strains of bacteria within plaque can infect the gums. One particular form of the disease known as peri-implantitis starts as an initial infection and ensuing inflammation of gum tissues around an implant. The disease can quickly spread down to the bone and destroy the integration between the bone and the implant that helps keep the implant in place.

That’s why it’s important for you to keep the implant and the tissues around it clean of plaque, just as you would the rest of your natural teeth. This requires daily brushing and flossing around the implant and other teeth, and visiting your dentist regularly for more thorough dental cleanings.

You should also be alert to any signs of disease, especially around implants: gum redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. Because of the rapidity with which peri-implantitis can spread, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.

Preventing gum disease, and treating it promptly if it occurs, is a key part of implant longevity. Preserving your overall dental health will help make sure your implant doesn’t become a loss statistic.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
January 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  
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While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.

Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.

But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.

These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.

Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.

These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
July 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your dentists in Westfield can complete your smiledental implants

Do you have gaps between your teeth, caused by missing teeth? Are you having trouble eating the foods you love because of missing teeth? Are you embarrassed by the gaps in your smile? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to consider closing the gaps with dental implants! Drs. Kenneth and Katie Krause at Krause Dental in Westfield, IN, want to share the facts about how dental implants can complete your smile.

Dental implants can replace single or multiple missing teeth with the closest alternative to having your own teeth. Dental implants can also provide strong support for a dental appliance so that the appliance doesn’t move around. They also help to conserve the bone in your jaw, which is a critical advantage for people who have worn a dental appliance for a long time.

You will enjoy many advantages when you choose dental implants. These advantages simply can’t be matched by dental appliances or bridgework. Consider that dental implants:

  • Look and function just like real teeth; the implant crown material is also light-reflective, just like natural tooth enamel.
  • Are completely stable; the implants are surrounded by bone so they won’t move around when you eat or speak.
  • Are easy to maintain; you brush and floss them just like natural teeth, without ever taking them out.
  • Have long-lasting beauty; they will never decay and will resist stains from tobacco, coffee, and other diet and lifestyle factors.

Dental implants are placed during a simple in-office procedure. Over time, bone will fill in around the implant, locking it in place. After the healing period is complete, your implant will be capped with a beautiful new implant crown. That’s how you close the gaps in your smile!

If you are tired of the gaps in your smile and want a complete, beautiful smile that looks completely natural, dental implants are the choice for you! To find out more about dental implants, call Drs. Kenneth and Katie Krause at Krause Dental in Westfield, IN. Get started on a smile that is uniquely yours by calling today!