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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!

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.

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

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
July 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  
3CuttingEdgeWaysYouCouldBenefitfromDentalImplants

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.”