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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.”
How dental implants from your dentists in Westfield can complete your smile
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!
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 severe 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.
See if an inventive dental implant can restore your gapped smile. Won't you call Krause Dental to book a consultation? (317) 399-9329.
Since their introduction over thirty years ago, dental implants have become the most popular choice for dental restoration. Their large variety of shapes and sizes — a far cry from the limited choices of the 1980s — has only served to increase their popularity.
In recent years there's also been an expansion in their applicability. Most people recognize them as replacements for individual teeth — but they can do much more. They're now playing a pivotal role in other dental restorations or situations.
Here are 3 of those “cutting edge” ways implants could change your dental health and smile for the better.
Fixed bridgework. In a traditional bridge, prosthetic (false) teeth use the natural teeth on either side of the empty space for support. In this updated version, implants become the support base for the bridge. For example, a bridge as small as three crowns can be supported by two implants attached to the outside crowns of the bridge. Four to eight implants can support a bridge as large as an entire arch of teeth.
Over-dentures. In cases of significant bone loss, a full or partial denture may be a better option than a fixed bridge. Traditional dentures, though, can contribute to even more bone loss, which can cause the dentures to eventually lose their fit. Implants not only can help stop further bone loss but can also stimulate increased bone density. Two or more standard or mini-sized-sized implants can support a full or partial denture.
Orthodontics anchorage. People with missing teeth aren't the only ones who can benefit from implants. While most bite repairs only require the back teeth to provide anchorage for braces, certain complex bites may need a different point of anchorage. Orthodontists can create a more feasible anchorage point with an implant or a temporary anchorage device (TAD) imbedded in the jaw. This can help isolate teeth that need to be moved from those on the arch that don't.
If you would like more information about how dental implants could improve your dental health and appearance, 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 “Dental Implants: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”