Dental Implants

An option for replacing missing teeth

If you are self-conscious about missing teeth or wearing dentures, there’s an alternative that may be right for you: dental implants. Dental implants are one option for replacing missing or badly diseased teeth. A dental implant offers comfort and stability and is the restoration of choice because it is the closest thing to a natural tooth.

All of Dr. Jarrell’s restorations are made in the USA. We even have several labs in Kokomo we use to keep our business local. And, we only use the finest materials available in dentistry.

What is a dental implant?

Implants are manufactured “anchors” that look like cylinders or screws. They are artificial replacements for natural tooth roots. They are made of titanium and other materials that are body-friendly. By attaching to the jaw bone and gum tissue, they provide a secure foundation for personalized artificial teeth known as dental crowns. With decades of usage, people of all ages opt for dental implants to replace one or more teeth, or to support dentures, enhancing chewing ability and facial appearance. Unlike dentures, implants and crowns remain in place without the need for removal or adhesives, simplifying maintenance.

The Implant Process

Treatment usually is a three-part process that takes several months.

In the first step, an implant is surgically placed in the jaw. The gum is secured over the implant and remains covered for 3-6 months while it fuses with the bone, a process called “osseointegration.” Surprisingly, this process usually has very little pain associated with it and the only pain medication required is in over-the-counter medication like Ibuprofen.

In the second step, the implant is uncovered and Dr. Melissa attaches an extension, called an abutment, to the implant. 

In the third and final step, Dr. Melissa makes a crown, which has a size, shape, color and fit that will blend with your other teeth. Once completed, the crown is attached to the implant abutment. It is amazing because the new “implant-crown” will feel just like a natural tooth. Another option is to make a denture “snap” into the dental implant with special attachments that are like rubber gaskets. This allows denture patients to eat hard foods again and not worry about their teeth shifting and moving in the mouth.

Are dental implants right for you?

Who’s a good candidate for implant treatment? You are, if you’re in good health and have plenty of healthy gums and adequate bone to support an implant. You must be committed to good oral hygiene to keep your mouth healthy and to scheduling regular dental visits. Ask Dr. Melissa if implants are an option for you.

Is there another way I can have a tooth replaced other than a bridge?

Yes, dental implants can provide artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. Dental implants can also be used to attach full or partial dentures and replace bridges. Ask Dr. Melissa about “Snap-In” dentures or “All on 4.”.

What is “All on 4”?

The term All-on-4 refers to “all” teeth being supported “on four” dental implants, a surgical and prosthodontic technique for total rehabilitation of the edentulous patient or for patients with badly broken down teeth, decayed teeth or compromised teeth due to gum disease. It consists of the rehabilitation of either edentulous or dentate maxilla and/or mandible with fixed prosthesis by placing four implants in the anterior maxilla, where bone density is higher. The four implants support a fixed prosthesis with 10 to 14 teeth and it is placed immediately, typically within 24 hours of surgery. Usually the maxillary arch requires 6 implants and the mandibular arch requires 4 implants. After a 3-D scan of your teeth is performed, we can determine the best plan for your mouth.

What are the benefits of “All on 4 or All on 6”?

The benefits of All-on-4 implants include:

  • Full-arch restorations that stay in your mouth 24/7 (not loose and feel natural) 
  • Palate is not covered so feels more natural and no gagging 
  • Shorter installation times than other implants 
  • Prevents further bone loss 
  • Decreases the need for a bone graft

What are “Snap in Dentures”?

If you’re interested in restoring your teeth with dentures but don’t like the feel of traditional full-palate dentures, snap-on dentures may be a good fit for you.  Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Kokomo offers snap-ons and other types of dentures at our office. Snap on dentures are a removable, palate-less denture that snaps on and off as many times as needed. The snap or “clip” happens when the denture is pressed gently onto the head of an implant. This provides  a removable solution AND a strong bite! Snap on dentures provide the strength and stability to eat the foods you like, such as nuts, apples, carrots, etc. Snap on dentures are NOT permanent dentures. They must be “snapped-out” and cleaned every day. 

From our patients

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