Dentist Merrillville, IN
Implants help to produce the appearance and function of natural teeth and allow you to continue to live confidently while enjoying everyday activities. Our dental implant posts are made of titanium, which we fuse to the jawbone and then covered with replacement teeth or crowns.
Receiving dental implants requires a full mouth and medical history evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate for the surgery.
Once that is established, the dental team will create an individualized plan which outlines your specific needs. Your dentist will take impressions of your existing teeth and bite to produce a model upon which to create your replacement teeth.
The creation of dental implants is a two-step process. Dental implant surgery is usually performed in-office by an oral surgeon, under local anesthesia.
During the first procedure, a dental surgeon will set titanium screws into the bone socket of a missing tooth. Once the screws have bonded to your jawbone, you will need to wait to heal before step 2. The healing process, which usually takes six to twelve weeks, but each patient’s healing will be different.
Once you are fully healed, the second step can be completed. Posts are bonded to the screws, providing a strong foundation for your dentist to attach your replacement teeth.
Your crowns will match your existing teeth and replicate your natural bite, functioning just as natural teeth would. They can be more convenient, practical, and longer-lasting than dentures or bridges.
They improve your appearance and overall oral health, as well as make eating and speaking easier. Dental implants require the same oral hygiene as natural teeth: regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular check-ups with your dentist.