Indiana patients ask, ‘Who is a proper candidate for the placement of dental implants?’
Tooth loss can greatly affect the health, function, and beauty of the smile. Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons. Patients should not feel embarrassed when they have experienced infection that has resulted in loose teeth or an injury that causes a tooth to be knocked out. Instead, patients should see their Indianapolis, Indiana area dentist to discuss the advantages of treatments such as dental implants.
Dr. Matthew Church of Washington Street Dentistry describes dental implants as titanium tooth root replacements. The implant is put into the bone of the jaw and then restored in the way the patient needs. Implants can be used for supporting:
- Dental bridges
Candidates for treatment
The placement of dental implants requires sufficient bone structure to ensure success. Bone structure is determined by taking x-rays and checking the area of the jaw. The implant is placed into a hole made in the jawbone and is then held there thanks to bone growth caused by osseointegration. Osseointegration can take some time to occur, typically several weeks, but this gives the implant a solid foundation. The best candidates are individuals with healthy and strong bone structure. However, patients serious about the placement of dental implants may also consider bone grafting procedures to prepare the area. This can be done with a periodontist who is experienced and trained in building up the bone for implants. If patients are not viable implant candidates, they may consider other tooth replacement solutions including dental bridges and full or partial dentures, also available at our practice.
Contact Washington Street Dentistry today by calling or visiting the office conveniently located at 10935 East Washington Street. Our team is here to assist patients who are considering the benefits of using dental implants to restore their smiles!