Dr. Shank is both highly skilled in providing exceptional dentistry and in treating patients gently and with compassion. His commitment to comprehensive patient care is apparent from your very first visit.
Dental Implants in Indianapolis
Dental implants are a long-lasting, reliable method of replacing missing teeth. While dental implants may seem like a relatively new treatment, modern dentistry has used dental implants for decades. Over the years, dental implants have grown in popularity, and improved materials have made dental implants a highly successful way to protect the health and appearance of your smile.
Experience and Excellence in Dental Implant Treatment
Dr. Shank invests many hours in ongoing continuing education in dental implant treatments. In addition to an ever-increasing number of hours of continuing education, he is part of a local dental implant study club. Our practice has also invested in the latest 3-D imaging technology to be able to provide our patients with the most accurate and predictable as well as the least invasive treatment modality possible.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants mimic your natural teeth in structure and appearance. In fact, a dental implant is really the only type of prosthetic implant in modern medicine that both looks and functions like the part of the body it replaces! The cylindrical titanium implant actually integrates with your natural jawbone, offering exceptional stability to support a highly esthetic dental crown. Knowledge of dental occlusion (bite) and precise treatment planning will deliver the best results. Dr. Shank’s attention to detail will ensure an ideal outcome.
After evaluating your bone quantity, quality, and density, we place your dental implant based on 3-D analysis using cone beam imaging technology, many times using 3-D computer-guided techniques. This state-of-the-art technology allows us to precisely place the implant in the ideal location with minimal trauma while avoiding biological structures such as sinuses, nerves, and other teeth.
Many patients wonder if dental implant placement will hurt. The truth is that dental implants do not have to be painful. Dr. Shank uses effective anesthetic and techniques to ensure your comfort. Most patients report very little discomfort, even after surgery, and this can typically be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. Patients often declare that the treatment was much easier and far less painful than anticipated.
Once we place your dental implant, we allow proper healing time for your bone and your implant to integrate. This process usually takes 4 to 6 months – in some cases less – before proceeding with placing a crown on the implant.
Custom Dental Implant Restoration
Because dental implants are a long-term solution for tooth loss, we take great care in creating your dental crown. We create the porcelain restoration to match the rest of your natural teeth so that when you smile it appears seamless.
Proper fit and bite are essential to the longevity and comfort of your dental implant. Dr. Shank will make small adjustments to your final restoration, ensuring a good fit and, therefore, great, long-lasting, and reliable function.
Dental implants can also be used to anchor a denture that does not stay in place. By placing just a few dental implants, Dr. Shank can create a denture (or in some cases retrofit an existing denture) to snap onto these implants, allowing you to chew, speak, and smile in comfort without the fear of the denture moving.
The Many Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have obvious esthetic benefits because they complete your smile and appear natural. Dental implant benefits extend far beyond just appearances, however:
- No dietary restrictions
- Bone retention
- Bite preservation
- Long-term solution
- Convenient care
You can care for your dental implant the same way you care for your natural teeth. It is essential! Brushing, flossing, regular dental exams, and professional dental cleanings will help to protect and preserve your dental implants for many years to come.
Your dental implants will give you the freedom to smile confidently and eat the foods you love!
Do You Have Missing Teeth? Contact Us!
Call our Indianapolis, IN dental office and discover how dental implants can improve your quality of life and protect your smile. Shank Dentistry provides hundreds of patients just like you with beautiful, comfortable smiles each year.