Dentist restores smiles in Indianapolis with dental implants
How do you know if you are a candidate for dental implants? If you are missing one or more teeth, consider tooth restoration.
Dr. Matthew Church performs these restorative procedures at his office, Washington Street Dentistry, in Indianapolis. This dentist is highly skilled in the dental implant procedure. He considers multiple factors when helping you determine if this treatment is your best option. They include:
- Do you have a jawbone that has reached full growth?
- Do you have healthy oral tissues?
- Do you have any health conditions that can affect bone healing?
- Are you willing to commit to the treatment process?
- Are you unwilling or unable to wear dentures?
- Do you have diabetes or osteoporosis?
- Do you have adequate bone density and volume to secure the prosthetic?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Church thoroughly examines your teeth and gums. He may take x-rays and CT scans to ensure your bone structure is sufficient for the procedure. X-rays also help determine where to place the implants. Dr. Church works with you to tailor a treatment plan for your situation. You receive information on the condition of your oral tissues and thorough aftercare instructions.
The entire process takes several months, depending on your situation and time needed for healing. During a minor surgery, Dr. Church gently places a titanium implant into your jawbone. You may opt for a local anesthesia or other type of sedation for the procedure. Over the next three to six months, the implant fuses to jaw bone. Once healed, you return for the next phase of treatment. Dr. Church adds a post with an artificial tooth to the implant. Since the crown is made of porcelain, it blends in nicely with your natural teeth.
With proper care, your restoration could last a lifetime. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss nightly, keep your dental appointments, and maintain a diet minimal in sugary foods.
Is it time to restore health and beauty to your smile? Our friendly, professional, and caring team would love to talk to you about your options. Call (317) 333-6788 to schedule a consultation.