Indianapolis Dental Implants
If you're missing a tooth or multiple teeth, implant dentistry is one of the most technologically advanced methods for restoring your oral health and the appearance of your smile. John Hartman, DDS, is a skilled and compassionate dentist offering dental implants to improve the health and appearance of his patients' smiles. To learn more about implant dentistry, schedule a visit by phone or online at John H. Hartman DDS in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Implant Dentistry Q&A
What is implant dentistry?
Implant dentistry is the use of dental implants to replace or restore your missing teeth. Dental implants have become increasingly popular over time. They consist of artificial tooth roots used to replace missing teeth with prosthetic crowns that closely replicate the structural design of your natural teeth.
With implant dentistry, you can enjoy all of the benefits of a full and healthy smile again.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts embedded in your jawbone where you're missing a tooth. Titanium is a biocompatible material, so your body doesn't register it as a foreign substance. This means that the bone tissue in your jaw fuses to your implant as you heal from the procedure.
Once fused, your implant serves as a strong foundation for a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures. Dr. Hartman attaches an abutment to your dental implant, then bonds your restoration to your abutment.
In the case of bridges and dentures, Dr. Hartman can use a single implant to support multiple teeth, or a few implants to support an entire dental arch.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants have all of the benefits of traditional restorations, like:
- Restoring the appearance of your smile
- Making it easier for you to eat and speak
- Keeping your natural teeth in alignment
- Evenly distributing the force of your bite
Because dental implants connect directly to your jawbone, they have several advantages over traditional restorations. They tend to feel more natural, secure, and comfortable, and they also provide your jawbone with healthy stimulation. That stimulation prevents bone loss, a common complication with traditional dentures or bridges.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
For dental implants to properly function, you need to have substantial bone tissue in your jaw. Your jawbone is the anchor for your dental implants, and without enough bone tissue, they won't secure as strongly as they need to.
If you don't have enough healthy bone tissue, Dr. Hartman might recommend getting a bone graft before proceeding with your implants. You also need to have healthy gums before you can undergo the implant surgery. If you have gum disease, Dr. Hartman needs to treat it before you can get implants.
To learn more about dental implants or to start the process, schedule a visit with Dr. Hartman today by calling the office or booking online.