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By Franklin Dental
February 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Couple With Dental ImplantsAfter tooth loss, is it possible to have a beautiful smile that is truly functional? It is when your dentist is Dr. Joshua Stevens at Franklin Dental in Franklin, IN. His state-of-the-art dental implants allow you to bite, chew and speak the way Nature intended, and you'll retain the bone structure and gum tissue you need for great oral health.

The amazing dental implant

An artificial tooth from root to crown, a dental implant from your Franklin, IN, dentist lives right in the jaw bone, not on top of it as conventional dental prosthetics do. Crafted from biocompatible titanium, the implant screw melds with the bone through what professionals call osseointegration. This natural process keeps your jaw bone strong and anchors the implant. The extension post and porcelain crown Dr. Stevens adds on after the sites heals complete your new tooth.

With continued use, the implant becomes even stronger--similar to how a muscle strengthens with exercise. Osseointegration works with multiple implants, too, which may be used as the foundation for fixed bridgework or even full dentures.

The implant process

All of it happens at Franklin Dental. Dr. Stevens performs a complete oral exam and reviews your medical history. Plus, he takes a three-dimensional scan of your mouth to assess the size and density of your jawbone, a measurement critical to dental implant success.

If he determines you qualify for the treatment, you'll receive a local anesthetic to numb the implant site. Then, the dentist opens the gums and drills a small pilot hole into the bone. That hole receives the implant screw, and Dr. Stevens sutures the gums closed.

During the next few months, the bone adheres to the implant, and when the site is ready, you'll return to receive the metal extension post and custom-fabricated porcelain crown.

Will your procedure be successful?

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that dental implants boast a success rate of about 98 percent. However, careful oral hygiene habits and a smoke-free lifestyle are critical to healthy implant sites and long-term retention. So, if you receive one or more implants, be sure to:

  • See your doctor about a smoking cessation program.
  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Consume a nutritious diet, including drinking plenty of water
  • Come to Franklin Dental semi-annually for hygienic cleanings and exams

Restore your smile
Have great-looking teeth and healthy supporting structure, too, with dental implants from Dr. Joshua Stevens and his team. Contact Franklin Dental to learn more: (317) 868-2672.

By Franklin Dental
December 13, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers  

You admire beautiful smiles, and you wish you had one. No, gum disease and cavities are not problems for you, but uneven tooth size and a cracked incisor ruin your looks. Let Dr. Joshua Stevens at Franklin Dental help you with dental veneers. In his Franklin, IN, office Dr. Stevens uses stunning porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve smile aesthetics and help people feel confident.

What are porcelain veneers?

Composed of lifelike and translucent porcelain, ultra-thin veneers reshape and disguise the front of teeth with obvious cosmetic flaws such as:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Narrow gaps
  • Crowding
  • Odd size and shape
  • Uneven length
  • Deep stains from tobacco, foods and more

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that dental veneers are very realistic and durable, too, because each veneer is made up of layers, bonded to each other and then permanently cemented to a surface-prepared tooth. Dr. Stevens removes 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the front of each tooth.

Enamel reduction allows the veneers to fit comfortably in the mouth and to bite correctly. Don't worry, though. The amount of enamel removed is small, especially compared to how much a tooth is reduced and reshaped to receive a porcelain crown.

Do you qualify?

If your teeth and gums are healthy, you probably do qualify for porcelain veneers. Dr. Stevens will look at your teeth carefully and take digital X-rays, photos and oral impressions. This information goes to a dental lab for veneer fabrication. You'll wear temporary veneers as you wait for the permanent ones.

Additionally, patients who brush and floss carefully, get their six-month cleanings and check-ups at Franklin Dental and who avoid hard foods (peanut brittle, for instance), do well with porcelain veneers. These enhancements can last ten years or even longer with disciplined care.

Your new smile starts now

Porcelain veneers are only one of many cosmetic dental treatments available to you at Franklin Dental. Please contact Dr. Stevens to learn more: (317) 868-2672. You can have a beautiful smile just like the ones you have always admired.

By Franklin Dental
August 23, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

dental veneersWhat Are Dental Veneers?

Let dental veneers cover your dental imperfections and renew your smile. Dr. Joshua Stevens of Franklin Dental, which is located in Franklin, IN, offers a full range of dental services, including veneers. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about veneers. 

Dental Veneers Overview

Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that are placed over the teeth to improve your smile. They're used to fix teeth that are misaligned, worn-down, crooked, or cracked. They're also used to close small gaps between teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their shape, color, size, or length. They can be made from resin composite materials or porcelain. You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist. 

Benefits of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers can give you the smile you've always wanted. Veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are discolored, chipped, misaligned, uneven, or worn down. These shells change the outside appearance of your teeth, while leaving the natural, healthy teeth underneath. 

Dental Veneers Procedure

You will make a preliminary office visit at which your dentist will take x-rays. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and sent it to a lab to prepare the veneers, which takes about one to two weeks. When the veneers are ready, your dentist will prepare the teeth by cleaning them and roughening the surface of the teeth. The veneers are attached to the teeth with a special cement, then a dental light is used to harden it. 

Caring For Dental Veneers

You must care for your dental veneers just as much as you care for your natural teeth. Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including flossing, brushing, and rinsing with a mouthwash as you normally would. Protect your dental veneers by not biting on hard objects. 

Want to live your best life? Start with your smile. Call Franklin Dental at (317) 868-2672 today to schedule a dental consultation in Franklin, IN. Healthy, beautiful smiles are what we do best.

By Franklin Dentist
May 03, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Franklin, IN dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.

Contact your Franklin, IN Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Franklin, IN dentist to schedule an appointment.