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By Kenneth Krause, DMD
June 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants

Having missing teeth can be a real blow to your confidence. You may feel as though you’re smile will never be the same again. The good news is, you can restore your smile with dental implants and regain your bright smile and your confidence. Dr. Kenneth Krause is a dental professional at Krause Dental in Westfield, IN. He offers restorative treatments including dental implants.

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth, even all your teeth. They can also be used to provide a secure foundation for a denture or dental bridge. So, you can regain your smile no matter how many teeth you’ve lost.

Dental implants have become a very popular solution for the problem of missing teeth. Westfield dental patients have found that implants provide benefits that can’t be matched by other tooth restoration methods such as dentures or traditional bridgework. Consider that implants offer:

  • A beautiful, natural look: Dental implants are made from porcelain, which can be colored to match your natural color.
  • Complete stability: Because your bone grows around the titanium implant, the tooth is completely secure.
  • Easy to maintain: You can brush and floss your dental implants just like you do your natural teeth.
  • Permanent and durable: Dental implants never decay, their porcelain material is also resistant to stains, so your implants will look great for years to come. What’s more, dental implants have a 90%-95% success rate.
  • Protecting your bone: When you have missing teeth, your jawbone in those areas will begin to erode. Dental implants stimulate bone growth.

If you live in Westfield and you would like to find out more about how dental implants can restore your smile, call Dr. Krause today on (317) 399-9329.

DiabetesCanMakeGettinganImplantDifficultButNotImpossible

Over 26 million Americans have diabetes, a systemic condition that interferes with maintaining safe levels of blood sugar in the bloodstream. Over time, diabetes can begin to interfere with other bodily processes, including wound healing—which could affect dental care, and dental implants in particular.

Diabetes affects how the body regulates glucose, a basic sugar derived from food digestion that's the primary source of energy for cell development and function. Our bodies, though, must maintain glucose levels within a certain range — too high or too low could have adverse effects on our health. The body does this with the help of a hormone called insulin that's produced as needed by the pancreas to constantly regulate blood glucose levels.

There are two types of diabetes that interfere with the function of insulin in different ways. With Type I diabetes the pancreas stops producing insulin, forcing the patient to obtain the hormone externally through daily injections or medication. With Type II diabetes, the most common form among diabetics, the body doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't respond adequately to the insulin that's present.

As mentioned, one of the consequences of diabetes is slow wound healing. This can have a profound effect on the body in general, but it can also potentially cause problems with dental implants. That's because implants once placed need time to integrate with the bone to achieve a strong hold. Slow wound healing caused by diabetes can slow this integration process between implant and bone, which can affect the entire implantation process.

The potential for those kinds of problems is greater if a patient's diabetes isn't under control. Patients who are effectively managing their diabetes with proper diet, exercise and medication have less trouble with wound healing, and so less chance of healing problems with implants.

All in all, though, it appears diabetics as a group have as much success with implants as the general population (above 95 percent). But it can be a smoother process if you're doing everything you can to keep your diabetes under control.

If you would like more information on managing dental care with diabetes, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

TheRealTruthBehindEdHelmsMissingToothinTheHangover

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
DontLetGumDiseaseCutShortYourImplantsServiceLife

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.