Indianapolis, IN dentist explains the process of placing dental implants

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When patients in the Indianapolis, Indiana area are ready to restore their smiles, many are introduced to the idea of dental implants. Dental implants are a popular choice in tooth replacement. These restorations are made of titanium and are placed into the bone of the jaw and restored with a crown, bridge, or denture. These versatile restorations are permanent and provide patients a no-fuss way of addressing tooth loss.

Benefits of dental implants

There are several advantages to dental implants.

  • Affordability
  • Permanency
  • Biocompatibility
  • Easy care and maintenance
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The process

Dental implants can take several weeks. It starts with an initial consultation. Patients book a visit with Dr. Matthew Church at Washington Street Dentistry to assess their situation. X-rays are used to check the health of the bone and locate the sinus cavity. Patients should be free from periodontal disease which can negatively impact the success of placement as this condition can cause bone to shrink. Patients can consider alternatives such as bridges or dentures if they are not appropriate candidates for dental implants.

Once patients decide to move forward with implants, surgery is scheduled. Oral surgery is performed at the practice where the implant is placed into the bone of the jaw. Time is needed for the process of osseointegration to occur, in which the bone grows around the implant to hold it in place. This is where an implant derives its strength and stability. Once the implantation has been successful, the implant is restored with a crown, bridge, or denture, based on the needs of the patient.

Ready to move forward with dental implants?

Contact Dr. Matthew Church at Washington Street Dentistry to discuss the advantages of using dental implants to enhance the smile and restore functionality. Call (317) 333-6788 or visit the office at 10935 East Washington Street.



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