Dental Implants – Carmel, IN
Truly Comprehensive Tooth Replacement
For patients who don’t want to just replace their missing teeth, but rather look and feel like their teeth never went missing in the first place, Dr. Springhetti highly recommends dental implants. Thanks in part to his time spent at the prestigious Dawson Academy, he’s able to provide all phases of implant care to help our patients rebuild their smiles in a way that can be trusted to last a lifetime. If you’re ready to enjoy a full and healthy set of teeth again, he’s ready to give it to you, so contact us today.
Why Choose Springhetti Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- Dentist with Extensive Oral Surgery Experience
- Entire Procedure Provided Under One Roof
- Strong Relationships That Lead to Better Care & Better Results
What is a Dental Implant?
Your teeth are comprised of two main parts—the crown you can see, and the root below the gum line. Most other dental prosthetics only bring back the crown, but implants actually replace the root as well. A small titanium post is positioned within the jawbone where it acts as an artificial tooth root and gives a patient’s new teeth a strength and stability that far surpasses traditional bridges and dentures. The implant roots can be used to support a variety of restorations, including single crowns, bridges, and even full dentures.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Compared to other treatments, dental implants offer a variety of unique benefits, including:
- Premier Stability: Dental implanted teeth never slip out of place, allowing a patient to enjoy a wide variety of foods with complete confidence.
- Lifelike Appearance: Unlike other dental prosthetics, dental implants are self-supporting and don’t have unnatural-looking metal or acrylic attachments. This helps them restore the smile’s appearance as well as its strength.
- Bone Preservation: The jawbone naturally starts to shrink after tooth loss, and right now, dental implants are the only tooth replacement shown to stop and even reverse this process.
- Easy Maintenance: All a patient has to do is brush and floss their teeth like normal to keep their implants looking and functioning like new.
- Lifetime Solution: Thanks to the techniques and high-quality materials used to place implants, they have been shown to last anywhere from 30 years to life, which is many times longer than regular bridges and dentures.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Basically, if you have missing teeth and want to get them back, dental implants are definitely an option for you with Dr. Springhetti. All a patient really needs to bring to the table is decent oral/overall health, and if either of these is lacking, Dr. Springhetti can provide assistance to change that. Once a patient is ready, they can choose to rebuild their smile in the following ways:
Missing Single Tooth
Rather than filing down and sacrificing two teeth to place a bridge that restores one tooth, Dr. Springhetti can use a single implant root to hold a porcelain crown. This crown won’t lean on the neighboring teeth for support or require them to be altered at all, and it will be designed to blend seamlessly with the rest of the smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Several teeth can be brought back at once using just a small number of implants that attach a bridge or partial denture directly to the jawbone. These implant-retained prosthetics are much more stable than their removable counterparts, and they last longer as well.
Missing All Teeth
We can replace an entire row of teeth using just four to six implants that provide the foundation for a full denture. Implant dentures are smaller and look more natural than regular ones, and they allow a patient to recover much more of their bite strength.
Many patients with longstanding tooth loss have a jawbone that is too thin or brittle to adequately support dental implants. In the past, they would be forced to get a less reliable treatment, but not with Dr. Springhetti. He can use a bone grafting procedure to build up and strengthen the jaw right where it’s needed so a patient can safely get implants and enjoy the lifelong benefits.
A sinus lift is used to thicken the back of the upper jawbone so dental implants can be placed there. If the bone is too thin, when the titanium roots are inserted, they may accidentally pierce the sensitive sinus membrane located right above the jaw, and no one wants that! With a painless procedure that can be completed in a single appointment, Dr. Springhetti can gently “lift” the sinus membrane to make room for a bone graft that will enable a patient to get dental implants.
How Dental Implants Work
Thanks to Dr. Springhetti’s extensive oral surgery experience, our dental implant patients are able to get absolutely everything they need in our Carmel office. Dr. Springhetti can surgically place implants into the jaw, attach them to restorations, and even provide sedation to ensure the entire process is as comfortable as possible. Most other practices break up the procedure between different specialists and locations, but with us, you get a one-stop-shop that offers world-class quality from beginning to end.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Because dental implants can be used to reverse different degrees of tooth loss, the cost of the procedure is always different and based on the unique needs of the patient. Someone replacing a single tooth will likely pay less than a person replacing all of their teeth, for example. Despite this variation, dental implants are widely considered the most budget-friendly tooth replacement option thanks to their longevity. Rather than getting a traditional prosthetic that will need to be replaced every 5-10 years, a patient can instead get dental implants just once, spending thousands less over time.