A dental implant is a synthetic tooth root that is placed into the jawbone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to this synthetic root, giving the look and feel of a real tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple implants can be placed if you are missing multiple teeth.
Implants or dentures?
The advantage of dental implants over traditional dentures is that they feel much closer to one’s natural teeth. In addition to feeling more like natural teeth, dental implants are also more stable to other alternatives. They do not rely on neighboring teeth for support so they do not compromise the health of other teeth.
Implant Procedures at Union Chapel Dentistry
Unlike many general dental offices that refer patients to oral surgeons for implant placement, Dr. Painter has the training and expertise to place implants right here in our Fort Wayne dental office. As a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he has completed numerous advanced courses and trainings in implant dentistry, including placement and restorations. Our team is able to place and care for implants all while being your general dentist for cleanings and exams, making your entire dental experience as convenient as possible. The first step in restoring your smile with dental implants is to extract the tooth, or any remains of that tooth, that the implant would be replacing. The next step is to place the implant into the jawbone in this open spot. After the implant has integrated with the bone and the site has healed, Dr. Painter will place the replacement tooth on the implant. In order to serve our patients with the most comfortable care, Union Chapel Dentistry offers IV sedation. This allows for more comfort during any extractions to prep for the implant and placing the implant itself.
Implant Care and Maintenance
Care for dental implants is similar to natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular checkups help to ensure the health of the implant. The better you take care of your implants the longer they tend to last.