If you have one or more missing teeth there are a number of restoration options, but none are proven to be as functionally effective and durable as dental implants.
Implants consist of an artificial titanium root that is implanted into the jawbone. A restoration is then placed on the implant for a tooth that looks and feels like your natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to support a single restoration, a bridge and even full dentures.
When you are missing teeth you begin to loose bone in your jaw due to the missing tooth roots. Because dental implants act like a natural tooth root they can prevent jawbone shrinkage normally associated with missing natural teeth. Dental implants help your jawbone to maintain its natural strength and density. Jawbone loss can affect your bite (the way your teeth fit together and even make your face begin to collapse making you look years older then you are.
Dr. Sisson has received extensive advanced training in the field of dental implants and is able to complete the entire procedure at his office.
Dental implants are actually longer lasting than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. They are so natural looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. Your confidence in your smile affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. With proper care and maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
What can dental implants do?
• Replace one or more teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
• Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
• Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good oral and general health. Adequate bone density is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissue that is free of periodontal disease.
What can I expect during the procedure?
We perform surgery to anchor the “artificial root” into your jaw bone. The procedure is performed in the dental office with local anesthesia. Medications may be prescribed for soreness.
How long does it take?
The process can take several months to complete. After the implants are placed surgically, the healing process can take up to four months. The fitting of the replacement teeth usually takes less than two months.
How do I care for implants?
It is important to floss and brush around the fixture at least twice a day. Regular scheduled cleanings in the office will help you ensure healthy gums.
- Sisson Family Dentistry
- 3027 West US 36
- Pendleton, IN 46064
- Phone: (765) 778-2700
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