Your smile helps you eat, speak and express yourself. If it's damaged, oral function, appearance and self-confidence suffer. It this describes you, consider innovative dental implants from Christiana Creek Dental Care in Elkhart. Our dentist, Dr. Gavin Schiil, really cares and has the expertise to fill smile gaps permanently and beautifully.
Dental implants restore smiles
Just what is a dental implant? As the name implies, a dental implant is an artificial tooth implanted, or inserted, into the jaw bone below the gum line. Made of biocompatible titanium, this screw-like device adheres to the jaw bone through osseointegration. Several weeks to months after the oral surgery performed at Christiana Creek Dental Care in Elkhart, the dentist attaches a metal post and crown to complete the new tooth.
Dental implants benefit many patients
You could be one of them. Dr. Schill uses digital imaging and visual examination to determine oral health, including jaw bone density. Your bone must be sizable enough to accept the implant device. If it lacks sufficient structure, it may be augmented with donor tissue before the implant surgery.
Additionally, know that even people missing several or even all their teeth may receive dental implants. The dentist may insert two, four or even six implants to support a full arch of top or bottom teeth as needed. And, just as with single-tooth implants, these prosthetics meld with the jaw for maximum security and bone health.
Caring for dental implants
Your hygienist will instruct you on oral care specific to your dental implants. However, implants generally are no harder to care for than natural teeth. Brush twice a day, as the American Dental Association advises. Floss every day, too, to keep the gum line clean. See Dr. Schill and his team semi-annually for a professional cleaning and check-up.
Additionally, tobacco damages implant sites. So, if you smoke or chew tobacco, please think about a smoking cessation program through your primary care physician.
Get your smile back
Modern implant dentistry really works wonders. If you wish to restore your smile, please contact Christiana Creek Dental Care for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Schill. Your treatment plan will be fully-customized to fit your needs and goals. Call us for an appointment at (574) 262-4378.