When a tooth goes missing, it isn’t just the visible part that goes away, but the supporting root underneath as well. The space left by the crown can drastically affect someone’s appearance, but the lack of a root can also lead to problems like shifting teeth and a crooked bite. Dental implants are the only treatment available today that is able to solve both problems, and at Creating Smiles, PC, Dr. Kapers is able to provide this state-of-the-art solution for Valparaiso residents. If you’re ready to not just replace your teeth, but get your teeth back, contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation to discuss dental implants in Valparaiso, IN.
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone to recreate the root structure of a tooth. This is then topped with a crown, bridge, or denture to complete a patient’s smile. No other dental restoration works this way, and that’s why implants offer a number of unique advantages:
No matter how many teeth you might be missing, dental implants are always an option. Dr. Kapers can use them to bring back single, multiple, and even entire rows of teeth depending on your needs. Once the titanium roots are in place, they can be paired with a variety of restorations:
A single dental implant root can be topped with an all-porcelain crown to close a lone gap in the smile. The nearby teeth won’t need to be altered at all to make room for the prosthetic, and the crown itself will be shaped and shaded to match the rest of the smile, creating a seamless overall appearance.
Bridges and partial dentures designed to replace numerous teeth can be attached to the jawbone using a minimal amount of implant roots, giving these prosthetics a stability and longevity that regular ones can’t match.
Just four to six implants are all that’s needed to anchor a full denture directly to the jawbone. Unlike a removable denture, implant dentures allow a patient to recover all of their bite strength, meaning patients don’t have to alter their diet because they can’t chew certain foods.
The dental implant procedure can be broken down into two basic phases: placement and restoration. First, the new roots are surgically positioned within the jawbone and topped with temporary restorations, and once a patient has healed, the temporaries are replaced with their permanent teeth. Dr. Kapers is one of the few dentists in the area who’s capable of performing the entire treatment himself, saving patients the hassle and expense of having to travel between different dental offices.
Because dental implants are so versatile, the cost of the treatment is always different from patient to patient. We can let you know what you’ll be expected to pay (and why) at a FREE implant consultation. While implants tend to be more expensive upfront compared to regular bridges and dentures, their durability usually helps patients save in the long run. Over the course of the average lifespan of an implant, a patient would likely have to replace a traditional bridge or denture multiple times, which normally ends up costing much more than an implant.
Do you wish you could walk out of the office with a brand-new smile the same day as your oral surgery? Want to replace your teeth in either your upper or lower arch and give your denture a more reliable fit? All-On-4 treatment can make that a reality! Dr. Kapers has the knowledge and expertise to place just four implants throughout your jaw, effectively maximizing your bone tissue so it can successfully hold a natural-looking denture!
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