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Dental Implants – Bloomington, IN

The Best Tooth Replacement Option

Tooth replacement used to mean that the dentist only restored those parts of teeth visible when patients smiled. Dental implant-retained tooth replacement offers complete tooth restoration, both roots and crown, for a more natural looking and feeling replacement option. Whether you’ve lost a single tooth or a full row of teeth, our team can use dental implants in Bloomington to provide improved stability to your tooth replacement option. Call us to schedule your dental implant consultation at our Bloomington, IN office. We also treat patients from surrounding communities including Martinsville and Ellettsville.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Each year, over 500,000 people choose dental implants, making them one of the most popular tooth replacements. Because they’re surgically placed in the jawbone, they offer a number of advantages that you simply won’t be able to get with other solutions like dentures or bridges. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of dental implants in Bloomington.

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Day-to-Day Benefits

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  • Diet: Do you avoid certain foods because of your missing teeth or unstable denture? Dental implants allow you to eat all your favorite foods for a more enjoyable AND nutritious diet. This obviously helps with your quality of life, but it also betters your overall health with a more varying diet.
  • Confidence: Missing teeth can make it difficult to feel confident in social or professional situations. Plus, dentures can shift or slip around. Thankfully, dental implants allow you to show off your grin with a boost of self-esteem.
  • Oral healthcare: Restorations like dentures require extra maintenance. The cleaning, soaking, and upkeep can be inconvenient. However, dental implants can be cared for similar to your natural teeth. Just be sure to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit our office for routine appointments.

Health Benefits

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  • Jawbone preservation: Unlike any other replacement option, dental implants stimulate the jawbone to prevent it from deteriorating after tooth loss. This keeps any remaining teeth healthy and in place, but it also provides you with a more full and youthful facial appearance.
  • Dental health: Options like bridges require the alteration of your natural enamel to accommodate the restoration. However, dental implants support themselves as they are rooted in bone, which protects your remaining teeth. Also, they keep your smile from shifting out of place – your teeth rely on each other for alignment, so even one missing tooth could cause crookedness.
  • Overall health: Dental implants placed by your implant dentist in Bloomington promote healthier gums and teeth, which decreases your risk of issues like gum disease. Additionally, patients with good oral health spent 10% to 40% less on cardiovascular care.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • Durability: While dental implants tend to cost more, they can last for over 30 years or even the rest of your life with proper care. This saves you from extra time and money spent on dentistry from avoided replacements. For example, dentures must be replaced every 5 to 7 years.
  • Success rate: One of the most predictable dental services, dental implants have a success rate of 95% even after 10 years. This is due to their unique osseointegration process, allowing the titanium posts to permanently fuse to the jawbone.
  • Comfort: Because dental implants in Bloomington look, feel, and function like your natural teeth, you’ll be able to enjoy ultimate comfort for the rest of your life. You may even forget which teeth were replaced with dental implants – they’re the closest thing we can give you to a natural smile.

Indications for Dental Implants

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Whether you’re missing just one pearly white or a whole mouthful, dental implants can provide the structure and stability you need to solve the problem of your tooth loss.

Missing Single Tooth

A single missing tooth can be replaced with one dental implant post. First, a small incision is made in the gumline to access the jawbone and place the post there. Then, over a period of three to six months, your jawbone will actually grow around the post until it’s essentially a part of your own anatomy. Finally, when the implant is firmly in place, Dr. Barco will top your implant with a customized crown to give your implant the final step it needs to look just like a natural tooth.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you’re missing two or more consecutive teeth, you can receive two dental implants, one at each end of the gap in your grin. We can then place a dental bridge over the space. A bridge involves two crowns placed on the natural teeth on either side of the gap, with artificial teeth in between. Upkeep is incredibly easy. Simply brush as normal and floss under the replacement teeth and your bridge should last for years to come!

Missing All Teeth

For patients who are missing an entire row of teeth along the top or bottom arch, Barco Family Dentistry offers All-On-4 implant-retained dentures in Bloomington. As the name implies, these dentures are held in place by four strategically positioned dental implants. The result is a natural-looking smile with dentures that offer the security of a firm foundation in your jawbone.

Your Bloomington implant dentist uses the ATLANTIS Conus concept, which is a removable prosthesis that offers the comfort of a fixed restoration. This system is easy to clean, provides optimal chewing ability as well as a keener sense of taste because of the open palate option and better speaking ability, as well. And these implant-retained dentures eliminate common denture wearing problems such as pressure pain, poorly fitting dentures due to gum and bone atrophy, and the need to reline dentures.

Team-Based Dental Implant Treatment

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At Barco Family Dentistry, we partner with the best dental implant placement specialists in the area to make sure you receive the specialized care you deserve. These experts are more than qualified to perfectly place your implants without you having to worry about a thing. With this approach, you have a maximized chance of success. Then, once your implant is fully integrated with your jawbone, return to us and we can install the final restoration.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

No two cases of missing teeth are created equal, and as such, neither are any two dental implant cases. There are several factors that may influence the cost of your implant placement, such as:

  • Where in the mouth your implant is located
  • How many implants you’re receiving
  • Any preliminary procedures like a bone graft or gum disease treatment

No matter how much the dental implant process ends up costing for you, remember that you’re making an investment that will ultimately be worth it. Your oral health will be vastly improved, and you’ll have a tooth replacement that can easily last a lifetime.

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Dental Implant FAQs

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When it comes to rebuilding a smile that’s incomplete due to missing teeth, dental implants are often considered the gold standard of tooth replacement. After all, they are the only solution to tooth loss that replaces the entire structure of the missing tooth, not just the visible crown. As a result, they offer countless benefits over other options like traditional bridges and dentures. However, you might be a bit apprehensive to go through dental implant treatment. To help assuage your anxieties, we have compiled and answered this list of frequently asked questions about dental implants.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Through several decades of clinical research, dental implants have been shown to be incredibly safe. Implants are typically made of titanium, which is highly biocompatible. This means that it meshes well with human bone, which is why it’s the perfect material to replicate the structure of a missing tooth root. Unless you have a sensitivity or allergy to metal (in which case we can use an implant made of a different material), dental implants should be perfectly safe for your smile.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Your oral surgeon will make sure to administer plenty of local anesthetic, and possibly sedation, prior to beginning your implant placement surgery. Although the procedure might sound like it would be painful, the vast majority of patients report minimal discomfort during their implant placement. Many of them actually prefer it to having a tooth extracted.

Because getting dental implants involves oral surgery, you can expect to deal with some degree of swelling and soreness for a few days following your procedure. Don’t worry, though. This is nothing that can’t be alleviated by taking your prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications as instructed on the label.

How Long Will I Need to Take Off Work to Get Dental Implants?

The answer to this question depends on the complexity of your surgery. For example, if you’re only receiving one implant and elect to receive only nitrous oxide or no sedation at all, you might be able to resume your day as normal after your procedure. On the other hand, if you’re having multiple teeth replaced at once, chances are you’ll need at least a couple of days at home to rest and recover. We can go over an estimated recovery timeline at your consultation.

I Smoke. Can I Still Get Dental Implants?

Yes, but not without certain risks. Whether you chew it or smoke it, tobacco use negatively impacts your mouth’s and jaw’s ability to heal, which is crucial in the success of your implants. The process of osseointegration, during which the implants fuse with your jawbone, is slowed down significantly, which may eventually lead to implant failure. If you currently smoke, we highly recommend quitting at least two weeks before your implant placement procedure. For help kicking the habit, you can always ask Dr. Barco. He’ll be more than happy to help.