General Dentistry located in Greenwood, IN
If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth and you want a longer-lasting restorative option than dentures, consider dental implants. At Sauer Dentistry, Aaron Sauer, DDS, Whitney Marsh, DMD, and the team boast years of experience placing and restoring dental implants. To make an appointment at the practice in Greenwood, Indiana, call the office or click the online booking feature today.
Dental Implants Q&A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium. They’re small, screw-like posts that your Sauer Dentistry provider inserts into your jaw during an outpatient procedure.
Following placement, the implants integrate with your natural bone, providing a base for restorations like crowns, bridges, or implant-retained dentures.
Dental implants function like permanent teeth. What’s more, by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting Sauer Dentistry at least twice a year, they can last a lifetime*.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer various benefits, including:
- Clearer speech
- Easier biting and chewing
- Improved oral health
Dental implants are also convenient. You don’t have to remove or soak them overnight like dentures. Instead, you simply brush them like your permanent teeth.
What does getting dental implants involve?
At Sauer Dentistry, getting dental implants takes at least two visits and sometimes three.
First dental implants visit
To determine if you’re a candidate for implants, your provider performs an oral exam and takes 3D computed-tomography scans of your mouth. If you’re missing one or more teeth and you have a healthy jawbone and gums, your provider numbs your mouth and places the implants into your jaw.
Second dental implants visit
When the implants integrate with your bone, a few months later, you return to Sauer Dentistry. If you’re getting a crown, your provider uses the on-site CEREC milling machine to design and manufacture them on-site. When the machine finishes the crowns, your provider connects them to your implants.
If you’re getting a bridge or implant-retained dentures, your provider takes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental facility. The facility uses the impressions to create a bridge or a custom set of dentures.
Third dental implants visit
When your bridge or dentures are ready, you return to Sauer Dentistry. Your provider connects the restoration to your implants and provides care instructions.
How do I keep my dental implants clean?
To keep your dental implants clean, it’s important to brush them twice daily. In addition, the team at Sauer Dentistry recommends visiting the office every six months for an oral exam, digital X-rays, and professional teeth cleaning.
To keep your implants in optimal condition, always wear a mouthguard when playing sports and avoid bad habits like chewing on pen caps or opening packaging with your teeth.
To learn more about dental implants, make an appointment at Sauer Dentistry by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.