The process of placing dental implants for Indianapolis area patients


At Meridian Dental Center, our team of professionals know how confusing it can be when patients are faced with several choices for tooth replacement. The three most common recommendations including dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. However, patients are often unsure as to which one is right for them. Most patients who are seeking a permanent option and have sufficient bone are the best candidates for dental implants.


Dental implants are titanium posts that act as natural tooth roots. They are placed into the jaw and then restored in many different ways. They can last a lifetime with proper care, making them a worthwhile investment for many. Many patients are unsure about the process required to place dental implants.


First, patients need to determine if they are appropriate candidates. Candidates are those with an overall healthy smile and who have sufficient bone of the jaw. The bone is what holds the implant in place and gives it the strength it requires to function properly. Without this, placement is often unsuccessful. X-rays are taken to check the bone and determine where the implant can be placed. An appointment is made for oral surgery.


Second, oral surgery occurs. This is when the patient comes to the practice for the placement of the dental implant. This is done with proper sedation and anesthetics. After the implant is placed, there is a healing period. A temporary crown or denture may be used until the final one can be placed. This healing period allows for osseointegration to occur and solidify the implant in place.


Third, the implant is restored. This is with the final restoration whether it be a denture, a dental bridge, or a dental crown. The restoration is often made in a dental laboratory with specific instructions from the dentist to ensure a beautiful repair.


Drs. Stephen A. Trager and Jason A. Bayless of Meridian Dental Center encourage patients to consider the advantages dental implants have to offer. Contact their practice today at (317) 926-5467 or by personally visiting at 2291 North Meridian Street. Their office is conveniently located in Indianapolis to assist patients in and around the community.

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