Dental Implants in Crown Point, IN
Dr. Rita Patel-Miller and Dr. Paul Miller have seen firsthand how missing teeth can negatively impact a person’s quality of life, and we want to help. They focus on offering solutions for tooth loss because life is too short to live with the pain, inconvenience, and diminished confidence that go along with missing teeth.
We offer several tooth replacement options, but dental implants are the most popular with our Crown Point patients. Unlike bridges or removable dentures, dental implants are the only solution that replaces an entire tooth, from the artificial implant root in your jaw to the crown that shows when you smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
Take a look at all the benefits of choosing dental implants:
- Replaces a single tooth or multiple teeth
- Replaces an entire arch of missing teeth with dentures
- Requires no support of adjacent teeth
- Helps prevent jawbone loss
- Maintains a more youthful facial appearance
- Can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and dental care
Getting Started with Dental Implants
If you are considering dental implants, the first step is an evaluation with our Crown Point dentist Dr. Paul Miller. He will explain the process to understand what’s involved and help you weigh the pros and cons. Dr. Miller will also perform an examination and take digital x-rays to see if you’re a good dental implant candidate.
Placing Your Dental Implant
At Beacon Hill Dental, we work with a network of the top specialists in our area who will efficiently place your implant in your jaw. This procedure takes about an hour and is performed under local anesthesia so that you won’t feel any pain.
If we are replacing one or two teeth, you will receive a single implant. If you are getting full dentures, you will receive 4-6 implants.
Osseointegration: The Implant Healing Period
Once the implant is placed in your jaw, it needs to heal for about 4-6 months. As your jaw heals, a process called osseointegration occurs as bone and tissue fuse with the implant post until it becomes part of your dental anatomy.
Restoring Function to Your Dental Implant
Once the implant heals in your jaw, it is every bit as strong (if not stronger) than the missing tooth root and can support a tooth restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture. At this point, Dr. Miller uncovers the implant and attaches the abutment, which connects the implant post to the restoration.
Your crown, bridge, or denture is custom crafted to complement your appearance and blend seamlessly with your smile. With proper care, your restoration can last ten years or longer, and your dental implant can last a lifetime.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If your jawbone is strong and healthy enough to support an implant, you may be a good candidate. Even if it isn’t, there are procedures like bone grafting that we could recommend so you could get an implant in the future.
The best way to learn if you are a candidate for a dental implant is to call our Crown Point, IN dental office to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Miller.