You want your smile to be perfect. When it looks great, you feel more confident and outgoing. When it’s healthy, you can live pain-free and eat the foods you need. You can even talk normally. When one or more teeth go missing, one of the best tooth replacement options to restore your smile is dental implants. Instead of having an embarrassing, damaged smile that can’t serve its purpose, you can get one back that is great-looking and functional with our trusted Jeffersonville, IN dentists, Dr. Kirchner of Kirchner Dental.
Replace Your Missing Tooth
A missing tooth is a big deal. Your smile cannot look attractive with a big gap in it. More important than appearance, however, is the effect of missing teeth on your health. Food particles will get stuck in that empty space more easily, increasing your chances of cavities on nearby teeth and of gum disease. Without that tooth giving support to the others, nearby teeth will lean toward the space and become crooked. Even your jawbone suffers. When a tooth root goes missing, the bone tissue where it used to be starts to weaken.
A Dental Implant Can Help
Dental implants have three parts. A titanium root is surgically placed in the jawbone. An abutment is connected to the top of the root sticking out of your gumline. A dental crown made to look like a healthy version of the missing tooth is then connected to the abutment. The root protects the jawbone from deterioration. The crown restores function and appearance by filling the space, making it easier to eat and harder for food particles to collect there. It also supports nearby teeth so your smile doesn’t get crooked.
Dental Implant Placement
Trusted Jeffersonville, IN dentists Dr. Kirchner will work with a local surgeon to place the implants. First, the site is thoroughly cleaned. Then, the surgeon will numb the area and surgically place the root in the socket left behind by the tooth. If your jawbone is already weak, you can get bone grafts beforehand to make it strong enough to support the implant. Once the site has had time to heal, the bone will have fused with the root. This makes it as strong as any natural tooth. Finally, Jeffersonville, IN dentists, Dr. Kirchner of Kirchner Dental will make a custom crown with our CEREC® machine and connect it to the abutment.
Replace Several Missing Teeth
You have options if you need several or even all of your teeth replaced. Partial dentures replace several teeth in a row. Full dentures replace all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth. Implant-supported and implant-retained dentures do the same, but they use implants to hold the dentures securely in your mouth. All-on-4® treatment concept is similar to dentures with dental implants, but this method uses four implants for an entire arch of teeth, with the two back dental implants placed at an angle to add even more stability. These replacement teeth are not removable.
The Teeth in a Day Option
Dentures can sometimes take a while to be made and fitted correctly. If you want to walk out of our Jeffersonville, IN dentist office with a full smile, Teeth in a Day can help you do that. This process uses temporary replacements for a whole arch of teeth until your permanent replacement teeth are ready. You’ll get implants placed by a local surgeon and get replacement teeth from Jeffersonville, IN, Dr. Kirchner of Kirchner Dental all in one day.
Dental implants can save your smile. Call Kirchner Dental in Jeffersonville, IN today at (812) 913-6093 for your next appointment.