Stabilize Dentures, Replace Missing Teeth in Indiana
If you’re looking for a solution to stabilize your dentures or replace missing teeth, dental implants may be exactly what you’re searching for to improve your chewing. Dental implants function and resemble your natural teeth and nearly meet the biting force that you had with your natural teeth.
There is no solution in dentistry that comes close to providing the durability and strength of dental implants Indiana. The first tooth implants were placed in the 1960s, and now modern technology allows us to place implants in just one visit. Our dental implants, which are made from titanium, fused to your jawbone and anchor a permanent restoration or denture.
A dental implant consists of three parts – the implant, abutment, and permanent restoration. Dental implants can last a lifetime and are great options for patients looking to get rid of their unreliable, removable dentures. "For patients who have been wearing sloppy and ill fitting dentures, finally, we came up with a solution obviously of placing some implants. By placing two implants we can do a snap on denture and sometimes we need four implants but usually we just can go with two implants. So a lot of these patients, especially the patients who have been wearing dentures for a long time, that bone is resorbed and as that bone is resorbed, their denture has gotten really sloppy and ill fitting and moving around. By placing two implants or four implants, we can snap that denture right down on top of those implants and it is unbelievable how the patients, they are so happy after they find out that, you know that thing has been moving for years and all of a sudden now I can eat again; corn on the cob, apples, whatever you need to eat." Removable dentures only give you about 20 percent of the chewing ability you had with your natural teeth. By stabilizing dentures or replacing teeth with dental implants, we can give you the chewing force you lost years ago.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
Before dental implants, the best option to replace missing teeth would have been a dental bridge. Dental bridges consist of three or more dental crowns designed to fill the gaps caused by missing teeth, but they are generally not supported by dental implants.
Dental bridges are supported by healthy teeth, which means we have to shave down your healthy teeth around the missing tooth to support the restoration. This is the biggest downside to dental bridges. Even if the healthy teeth around the missing tooth are virgin teeth – they have never had cavities – they must be filed down to support the restoration.
With dental implants, we can replace individual missing teeth without compromising the adjacent teeth. Dr. Kapers places tooth implants in a simple, two-step process. During your first visit, he will place the implant, abutment, and then a temporary restoration on top. You’ll wear your temporary restoration until your permanent crown or denture is created and placed at a second visit. Our permanent restorations are life-like and feel natural inside your mouth.
Our dental implants not only restore your chewing ability, they preserve your jawbone and can make you look 10 years younger. When you lose your teeth, your jawbone recedes because it loses its job of supporting the tooth root. This usually happens within the first 18 months. As your jawbone begins to recede, your nose and chin grow closer together. Dentures supported by dental implants can help you maintain your natural vertical height between your chin and nose – which reduces wrinkles and gives you a more youthful appearance.
If you want a permanent solution to your dentures or missing teeth, call our St. John dental office at 219-322-9920 or the Valparaiso location at 219-462-1970. You can also use our online form to schedule an appointment.