After 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.