At Baker Family Dentistry, we offer several tooth replacement options to make our patients feel confident about their smiles. Dental implants are our top restorative solutions that help replace not just your tooth but also your tooth root.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are restorations that essentially replace the missing tooth root. The implant is a screw and is surgically placed inside the jawbone. After placing the implant, the surrounding bone begins to fuse around the implant over some duration. The abutment is a connector piece that secures the implant to the prosthetic tooth. Dental implants can support a single dental crown, a dental bridge, or even dentures. They can replace one or an entire arch of teeth.
Dental Implants Procedure
The first step is to determine your suitability for dental implants based on a few criteria. During your consultation, Dr. Lisa J Baker will outline your procedure, including the number of implants required, costs, and likely duration of treatment.
The next step is the surgical placement of the implant screw in the jawbone. Local anesthesia is given to make you comfortable before the procedure. Once you are numb, we will place the metal post in your jaw and seal the incision.
Over a few months, the implant will graft to the jawbone to create a solid base for tooth restoration. Once your jaw heals, we will attach the abutment to the dental implant and secure the tooth restoration, usually a dental crown.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When choosing dental implants over other tooth replacement options, you are practically replacing your tooth with a natural one. With this treatment, you can experience several benefits, including:
With dental implants, chewing, speaking, and biting feel similar to having natural teeth.
The jawbone begins to decline after tooth loss. Dental implants help prevent bone loss.
With dental implants, you won’t experience loss of facial structure that often leads to sagging skin, wrinkles, and a sunken look. They will help maintain your youthful appearance.
Dental implants both look and feel great. They never make you feel self-conscious about your smile again.
The space of the missing teeth acts as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease. When you replace your missing teeth, gum disease can be prevented.
With efficient care, dental implants can last your lifetime.
To learn more about dental implants, visit our office, Baker Family Dentistry, at 4217 E 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47401, or call (812) 332-2000.