Do you have a lost tooth? Maybe you have multiple missing teeth.
Patients can opt to have one or several teeth replaced with implants. Dental implants can also support dentures or a dental bridge for a more stable and comfortable result. Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht offers dental implants in Indianapolis, IN. This restorative dental solution is an effective option for patients who would like to restore their smile with the most natural function and aesthetics after tooth loss.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Implants offer many benefits to patients. Dental implants:
- Restore damaged or decayed teeth
- Restore normal chewing and biting ability
- Have no dietary restrictions
- Are a conservative treatment option
- Prevent other teeth from shifting out of alignment over time
- Reduce the risk of gum infection and tooth decay
- Prevent further jaw bone loss
- Have a long-term success rate of 90-95%
Most patients enjoy their dental implants for life with no need for future replacement or repair. As an additional plus, the crown that caps off the implant looks and feels natural. Because of this, many patients forget that they have one or more dental implants.
There is a range of available procedures for addressing concerns regarding the condition or stability of your bone and soft tissues prior to placing a dental implant. It is now possible to augment areas of lost bone and enable a wider range of patients to receive dental implants and enjoy a successful result. Dr. Ahlbrecht will work with a local specialist as needed to help you establish a healthy and stable oral foundation for placing one or more dental implants.
Patients who are not typical candidates for dental implants can benefit from a bone graft. Dental implants rely on bone tissue to support the titanium post. However, patients who have lost one or more teeth may not have tooth roots or enough healthy bone tissue. A bone grafting procedure is sometimes needed to prepare for a new restoration, whether that includes dental implants or an implant-secured bridge or denture.
There are different types of bone grafts. Some may be performed after a tooth extraction to prevent jawbone atrophy and maintain the shape of the jawbone. Other grafting methods may address significant bone loss by transferring bone from the lower jaw.
A sinus lift may be necessary for some patients to create enough supporting bone to allow implant placement. The procedure can be performed using local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and oral sedation. During treatment, your oral surgeon exposes the bone adjacent to the sinus so he can make a small opening. The membrane lining is gently moved to make room for bone grafting material. After the graft is placed, the incision is closed with sutures. A sinus lift can sometimes be completed in conjunction with the implant procedure.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Prior to treatment, Dr. Ahlbrecht will conduct a full oral exam to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. This exam also helps him determine the size and shape of the implant. Dr. Ahlbrecht works with local specialists to coordinate the surgical phase of the implant process. He will follow up with you and meet with you to monitor your healing progress in preparation for the final restoration of your smile.
The implant requires a healing period of 3 to 6 months during which it fuses to the jawbone. An abutment, or metal post, will be attached to the implant. Then a custom-fabricated porcelain crown is fitted to the abutment. If a denture is being placed, we may work with you to complete all phases of treatment during one day using a process known as All On Four. This technique relies on advanced diagnostics and treatment planning and can include tooth extraction, implant placements and the attachment of a hybrid denture in one day of coordinated care.
Request an Appointment
Call North Meridian Dental Excellence today at 317.204.7134. You can also schedule a consultation with one of our dentists on our website.