Dental Implants and Dentures for replacing missing teeth
Teeth can be lost due to several reasons. They may be professionally extracted, knocked out, or even fall out due to advanced gum disease or tooth decay. This results in an incomplete smile that you would probably be embarrassed about, and you might start seeking tooth replacement options. At Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Matthew Church offers multiple tooth replacement options, including implants and dentures, so patients can walk away with a complete smile they would be proud to show off.
Considered the “gold standard” for tooth restorations, dental implants have quickly gained popularity among patients who come in to see Dr. Church. Unlike dentures, which simply rest on the gum line, dental implants are considered complete tooth replacements as they effectively replace both the root structure of the tooth and the tooth itself. Because the implant is surgically inserted directly into the jawbone, it can mimic the function of a tooth root. It provides stimulation to the jawbone so that long-term bone loss does not become an issue. Through a process called osseointegration, the implant fully fuses with the bone, making it an incredibly durable option that can last a lifetime. The materials used in dental implants are also biocompatible, resulting in a very low rejection rate.
If you require a complete denture set, your best option is implant-supported dentures. While regular dentures simply rest on the gums, implant-supported dentures attach to dental implants surgically inserted in the jawbone. Additionally, since no implants replace the missing tooth roots with traditional dentures, you would begin to see jawbone deterioration over time. This eventually leads to your face taking a sunken-in appearance. With implanted-supported dentures, this is not a problem. And because they are attached to implants, the fit is comfortable and sturdy!
If you are interested in learning more about implant and denture options available to you in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, please reach out to Dr. Matthew Church at Washington Street Dentistry today. To schedule an appointment, please call (317) 333-6788.
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