Dental implants are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. In so doing, dental implants can help prevent mineral loss surrounding a missing tooth-preserving the integrity and natural structure of your jaw even years after a tooth is lost. This is one of the biggest advantages dental implants enjoy over other forms of tooth replacement. It is not, however, the only one.
After placement by Indianapolis prosthodontist Dr. John R. Phelps, dental implants undergo a process called osseointegration. This is the process during which osteoblasts and connective tissue insert into microscopic holes on the surface of implants, securing them firmly into bone. Once the process of osseointegration is complete, your dental implants will not come loose or fall out, giving them another large advantage over alternatives such as dentures. So long as you care for your implants, they should last a lifetime, preserving jaw structure and helping maintain optimal function.
Caring for Dental Implants
Dental implants are cared for in the same manner as your natural teeth. The best way to prevent implant failure is to:
- Brush after every meal and snack
- Floss morning and night
- Visit Dr. Phelps every six months for cleanings and examinations
Coming to our Indianapolis office every six months allows Dr. Phelps to check the integrity of your implants while also examining your teeth and gums for any indication of decay or disease. These visits also allow Dr. Phelps to check neuromuscular conditions and cosmetic issues that may be impacting your smile. Biannual visits include professional cleaning and polishing of teeth, allowing us to keep your teeth healthy and your smile attractive year-round.
If you have questions about dental implants in Indianapolis, we welcome an opportunity to address them. Please contact John R. Phelps, DDS, MSD to schedule a consultation and learn more today.