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By Kenneth Krause, DMD
April 15, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Replacing lost teeth can help boost your self-confidence and improve your chewing ability. If you've lost one or more teeth, dental implants, a replacement option provided by your Westfield, IN, dentists at Krause Dental, can help you restore your smile.

How dental implants work

Dental implants restore your missing tooth roots. They're paired with dental crowns, restorations that replace the visible parts of your teeth, to completely restore missing teeth. Implants are titanium posts that are placed in your jaw during minor surgery. Once the implants are in place, they begin to bond to the jawbone in as little as three to six months. The custom-made crown is then placed and you have a new tooth.

When dental implants are a good option

Dental implants may be the right choice for you if:

  • Are Concerned About Your Appearance: Tooth loss can definitely affect your self-esteem. It's hard to feel confident when you have a gap in your smile. Since your dental crowns are made from an impression of your mouth taken in the Westfield, IN, dental office, your new teeth will look completely natural. In fact, no one will know you've experienced tooth loss.
  • Prefer a Long-Lasting Option: Thanks to their bonding ability, dental implants become a permanent part of your jawbone. In most cases, they'll never need to be replaced.
  • Don't Want to Change Your Eating Habits: You'll need to avoid tough or sticky foods with some restorations, but not dental implants. Since the implants are securely attached to your jawbone, they provide excellent biting power.
  • Want an Easy Care Restoration: You'll care for your implants the same way you care for your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing will keep the implants healthy. Good oral hygiene is particularly important, as it reduces the risk of an infection that could loosen your implants.
  • Are in Good Health: Good general and oral health are the key requirements for dental implants. If you're in the midst of chemotherapy or are currently suffering from gum disease, you'll need to wait until your treatment is complete. Implants aren't a good choice if you have an immune condition or take medications that suppress the immune system, as healing can be affected. Tobacco use also affects healing. If you plan to continue to smoke after receiving implants, another type of restoration may be a better choice.

Renew your smile with dental implants! Call Krause Dental to schedule your appointment with your dentists in Westfield, IN, by dialing (317) 399-9329.

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
January 26, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you're thinking about getting dental implants, you may be curious about how long it might take. The answer depends on the health of your supporting bone.

Bone is an integral part of implant functionality as bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the newly placed implant to give it its characteristic strength. The implant also requires an adequate amount of bone to accurately position it for the best appearance outcome.

If the bone is sufficient and healthy, we can proceed with the surgical placement of the implant. The most common practice following surgery is to allow a few weeks for the bone integration described previously to take place before finally attaching the crown. With an alternative known as a “tooth in one day” procedure, we install a crown right after surgery, which gives you a full smile when you leave.

There's one caveat to this latter method, though—because the implant still requires bone integration, this immediate crown is temporary. It's designed to receive no pressure from biting or chewing, which could damage the still integrating implant. We'll install the permanent crown after the implant and bone have had time to fully mesh.

So, if your supporting bone is sound, the complete implant process may only take a few weeks. But what if it's not—what if you've lost bone and don't have enough to support an implant? In that case, the length of process time depends on the severity of the bone loss and if we're able to overcome it. In some cases, we can't, which means we'll need to consider a different restoration.

But it's often possible to regenerate lost bone by grafting bone material at the implant site. If the bone loss is moderate, it may take 2 to 4 months of regrowth after grafting before we can perform implant surgery. If it's more significant or there's disease damage to the socket, it may take longer, usually 4 to 6 months. It largely depends on the rate of bone regeneration.

In a nutshell, then, the health of your jaw's supporting bone has a lot to do with whether the implant process will take a few weeks or a few months. Regardless of the time, though, you'll gain the same result—new, functional teeth and a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, 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 “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”

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.


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.


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.”