When patients come to visit us here at our Indianapolis office, they’re looking for ways to brighten their smile and enjoy good oral health again. In addition to our dentures, we offer dental implants. For many, dental implants are not something that’s part of their understanding of oral health. But dental implants are a viable option for many of our patients. Today, our denturists at McCall Dentures will cover the ins and outs of dental implants.

Types Of Implants

There are a variety of sizes, heights, and types of dental implants, and your denturist will determine which is right for you during a consultation. Typically, our denturists work with two types of implants: endosteal and subperiosteal.

Endosteal Implants

An endosteal implant is surgically implanted into the jawbone of the patient. After the gum tissue that surrounds the implant has healed, your denturist will conduct a second surgery that connects a post to the first implant. Once the post is in place, an artificial tooth is attached. Artificial teeth can be added individually, or as a group of teeth, that can connect to dentures or other implants.

Subperiosteal Implants

Unlike endosteal, subperiosteal implants utilize a metal frame with metal posts already mounted to it. The frame is fitted onto the jawbone itself, just below the gum tissue. The gums heal and fix the frame to the jawbone. The posts mounted to the frame protrude through the gum line, allowing artificial teeth to be fitted to the posts.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are mounted directly to your jawbone, meaning they provide stability for your artificial teeth. This helps to keep your existing dentures or bridges from shifting in your mouth, ensuring that you can speak clearly and chew your food in comfort. To ensure that dental implants are comfortable for the long-term, patients must commit themselves to a high quality of oral care and visit their dentists and denturists regularly.

Who Needs Dental Implants?

For some, dental implants are their only option artificial teeth. For some patients, sore spots in the gums, poor ridges, or a pronounced gag reflex keep them from using bridges and dentures effectively. Because they are fitted within the gum, dental implants feel more natural than bridges and dentures. Bridges need adjacent teeth to be in place for them to sit securely in the mouth. Dental implants require no adjacent teeth, and no teeth need to be ground down for the artificial teeth to be fitted to their posts.

Connect With McCall Dentures For Your Implants

If you’re in the Indianapolis area and are in need of dental implants, then you’ll want to reach out to the specialists at McCall Dentures. We utilize the skills and talents of our entire team, staff, lab, and doctors, to provide you an individualized dental implant solution. While our implant services are already very affordable, we are proud to offer our Care Credit financing to those who need it. Share your smile with the world. Contact us today and schedule your appointment!