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|Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics in Valparaiso has provided dental care for thousands in the surrounding community. With our focus on high quality care using the latest in proven dental technologies, Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics is able to provide high quality dental care in a warm and caring environment. Please click on any procedure to your left to review information about the treatment, and we hope you feel welcome in calling us at (219) 250-1163 with any questions about your dental health.
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will carefully insert the titanium dental implant post into the socket of the missing tooth where it will be sutured closed and left to heal. Over approximately a 6 to 12 week period, the titanium post will fuse together with the jawbone and gum tissue securing it into the jaw.
Dental Implant Abutment Placement
After the healing process is complete and the implant has successfully fused to the jawbone you will return for the remainder of the procedure. A small connector post – referred to as an abutment – will be attached to the implant itself, which will serve as a connector for the tooth replacement. The abutment is usually screwed into the top of the implant post once we expose the implant post and remove the healing cap. The abutment is fixed in place permanently with a dental adhesive.
Dental Implant Restoration Placement
A dental implant restoration will be custom fabricated to perfectly match your bite, to fit naturally between existing teeth and to blend in with natural teeth. We refer to it as a restoration because dental implants can support a wide variety of tooth replacement options – single tooth crowns, multiple tooth bridges, even full arch solutions that can replace every tooth on the top or bottom (or both) arch of your mouth.
Dental implant restorations are made to look and act just like your natural teeth. They allow you to chew whatever foods you would like and restore your facial structure to it’s former “filled out” aesthetic. Tooth loss often leads to a sunken appearance in the cheeks, but dental implant restorations prevent this.
Dental implant restorations are permanently fixed in your mouth to the abutments using a special dental adhesive. Some patients may choose to have a special attachment secured to make for use with a removable denture or bridge.
Am I a candidate for a dental implant?
If you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth or have ill-fitting dentures, a comprehensive implant dental examination will be necessary. We believe in interdisciplinary treatment for precision dentistry and you will meet with Dr. Drone and an oral surgeon or periodontist at the appointment. Together we can discuss if an implant is the correct treatment option for you.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implant posts are surgically inserted into the jaw and are made of titanium because of its unique ability to be accepted by the human biology. Titanium is a biocompatible material, which means that the body will not reject it and grow around it, forming a strong mechanical bond through a process known as osseointegration.
Dental implants are unique and valuable when compared with other tooth replacement options like full or partial dentures because they perform all the same functions that your natural teeth would. When you chew food using dental implants, the implant posts stimulate the bone in your jaw, which encourages the bone to stay happy and healthy.
Preparing for Dental Implant Surgery
A certain degree of preparation is required before any surgery to ensure that the procedure goes well. Depending on the level of sedation that you will be receiving we may ask that you refrain from eating or drinking several hours before your scheduled surgery. General anesthesia is sometimes followed by dizziness or a feeling of nausea, so we like take precautions to ensure your continued comfort before and after the surgery. Be sure to make plans with a friend or family member to drive you home following your procedure as it can take a few hours for the effects of sedation to wear off. It would be wise to make plans with them to accompany you for a few hours following the surgery so that they can help make you feel comfortable.
We always provide pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions to all patients before and after the appointment that are specific to the surgery you will be undergoing.
Post-Surgical Care Instructions
It’s very important that you take good care of yourself and your mouth following the placement of dental implants to ensure their success. When you wake from sedation, take it easy and listen to the signals that your body sends you. It’s fairly common to experience dizziness and nausea following sedation. If you feel dizzy or nauseous, let us know, and we will do our best to make you comfortable. It may take some time for these sensations to subside and we are happy to give you all the time you need. Hydration is important following sedation of any kind as sedation often causes dehydration.
Before you leave our office following your dental implant surgery, we will give you care instructions as well as a prescription for pain medication. It is common for patients to deal with minor pain or discomfort with over the counter pain medications like Advil or Tylenol. If you find that you need relief from significant discomfort, feel free to take the prescription pain medication according to its instructions. With any medication always follow warning labels and dosing instructions. If you are unsure of anything regarding medications we prescribe you, please feel free to give us a call at (219) 250-1163.
It is important that you take it easy following your dental implant placement surgery. Over-exertion can result in a rise in blood pressure that can adversely impact the healing process and cause bleeding at the implant site. You will go home with some gauze placed over the surgery area and some extra gauze to change it out. There is a good chance that you will need to stick to a soft food diet following surgery. Foods like gelatin, pudding, soup, and applesauce can help you to keep your strength up while staying hydrated in a day or two following surgery.
Maintaining your Dental Implant
Proper care around your implant is critical to long-term success. A cavity cannot form around an implant, but inflammation around the implant and gum tissue can occur without proper oral hygiene and routine exams at Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics. Our office will demonstrate and provide you with techniques for maintaining your implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used to replace just one or many missing teeth successfully. Dental implants are preferred by most patients over removable dentures because they provide a structured prosthesis that functions similar to natural teeth.
Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Therefore, they improve speech, appearance, self-esteem and functionality for the patient. Additionally, they are much more comfortable, durable and convenient when compared to dentures or bridges. Implants can add tremendous value in the form of health benefits. By replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you get to:
||Eat whatever you want whenever you want
||Avoid denture adhesives and upkeep
||Promote bone growth in the jaw
||Enjoy the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile
At Drone Prosthodontics, we are committed to giving you a smile you’ve always wanted and helping you to keep it healthy for years to come. Remember to come in to see us at least twice a year for your annual examinations and professional cleanings so that we can help you to keep your mouth healthy.
Dental implants are not an option for everyone. They require adequate bone and tissue health. If you have one or missing teeth and are considering dental implants call us today at (219) 250-1163 to schedule your exam where Michael Drone, DDS] will determine if you are a good candidate for implants.
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