Gaps in your smile can do more than just cause you to feel poorly about your smile. In fact, missing teeth come with some troubling side-effects. Luckily, dental implants can fill in your gaps to save your smile and keep you smiling for years to come. Find out how dental implants from your Noblesville, IN dentist, Dr. Wayne Kinney at Keystone Dentistry, can help you.
Dental Implants in Noblesville
Dental implants combine dental expertise with surgical technology to replace your missing teeth. Underneath your gum line, each tooth is held in place by the jawbone. A dental implant uses the bone underneath a missing tooth to secure a replacement tooth by implanting a tiny, titanium post into the bone itself. Over time, this post, called the implant's fixture, integrates into the bone itself, permanently becoming part of your mouth. After successful integration, the fixture is strong enough to securely hold a replacement tooth in place.
How can dental implants save my smile?
The bones in your body require stimulation to remain healthy. The same is true for the bone underneath your gum line. A missing tooth no longer stimulates the bone, causing it to atrophy. This process causes the bone to break down and degrade over time. In turn, bone atrophy can cause sagging facial muscles resulting in a prematurely aged appearance and problems with self-esteem. Additionally, teeth tend to drift in the mouth until they hit something. A missing tooth no longer holds the surrounding teeth in place, causing them to drift and move to compensate for the gap. This causes issues with your bite, making eating and speaking more difficult and increasing your risk of developing conditions such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
How can Dr. Kinney help?
Your dentist is the best tool you have to determine whether or not dental implants are right for you. At an initial consultation, Dr. Kinney will determine if you are a good candidate for implants. Good candidates have enough bone volume remaining under their missing tooth to securely hold the implant. Candidates should also be in good dental and general health in order to undergo the procedure. After determining you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Kinney helps you determine which treatment plan is right for you, your body and your lifestyle.
For more information on dental implants in the Noblesville, IN area, please contact Dr. Kinney and the staff at Keystone Dentistry. Call (317) 575-1120 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!