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Dental Implants – Indianapolis, IN

Replace Missing Teeth from the Roots Up

older couple with dental implants in Indianapolis sitting on their front porch If you want an attractive, durable, and permanent solution to replace missing teeth, then you’ll want to learn more about dental implants in Indianapolis. Drs. Farthing and Tepner use this modern restorative solution to complete smiles, increase confidence, and improve a patient’s overall quality of life. Because dental implants replace missing teeth from the roots up, they’re able to last longer and feel more natural than traditional dentures and dental bridges. To learn more about how dental implants can transform your smile, call our team at Indianapolis Family Dentistry today!

Why Choose Indianapolis Family Dentistry for Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

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There are three parts to a dental implant: the titanium implant post, a restoration, and a metal abutment that connects the two. The implant post is surgically inserted into the jawbone to mimic the lost tooth’s root. After it fuses to the jawbone via the osseointegration process, an abutment is placed. This allows us to restore your implant with a custom-made dental crown, bridge, or denture, instantly completing your smile with a solution that looks, feels, and functions just like real teeth!

The Dental Implant Process

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In the first phase of the dental implant process, one or more implant posts are surgically placed in the jaw. We may refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for this procedure if your situation requires it. Following surgery, we’ll give your mouth time for a process known as osseointegration to occur.

During the osseointegration phase, your implant naturally bonds with the jawbone, creating a strong bond that mimics the bond between the jaw and a natural tooth root.

Once the osseointegration process is complete, you’ll begin the restorative phase of your treatment. In the restoration phase, Dr. Farthing or Dr. Tepner attach a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture atop the implant(s), completing your smile and your treatment.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants provide patients with a number of benefits. Some of the most significant are listed below.

Want to make the best decision for your smile, your wallet, and your oral health? It’s simple -- nothing replaces one or more missing teeth as effectively as dental implants.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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Whether you have just one gap in your grin or you need a full mouth replacement, dental implants can help you. Here are some of your treatment options that your dental implant dentist in Indianapolis offers:

Missing One Tooth

To replace one missing tooth, a single implant post can be inserted into the socket and topped with a lifelike dental crown. This solution brings back your tooth without requiring the alteration of surrounding teeth like dental bridges do.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Several consecutive missing teeth can be restored by anchoring a dental bridge onto just two implant posts. Missing teeth throughout the mouth can be brought back with a partial denture.

Missing All Teeth

You might think that dental implants are out of reach for you because you have extensive tooth loss. However, implant dentures from Dr. Farthing and Dr. Tepner just might make you feel differently. This advanced tooth replacement method makes it easy to replace multiple teeth on opposing sides of the mouth and even all the teeth in a given arch! After your detailed consultation, we’ll confirm your eligibility for treatment and make sure you understand all the details of the overall process.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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As with most things, when it comes to investing in your smile, you get what you pay for. While dental implants tend to cost more than other options, their unique benefits are always well worth it. That said, there are many factors that contribute to the overall cost of your dental implants in Indianapolis. We will always be able to give you a better idea during a consultation. However, we’ve also included some important information about dental implant pricing below.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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Before you can receive dental implants, preliminary treatments like gum disease therapy and tooth extractions may be necessary, which will increase your total cost. Surgery will incur its own separate price, and it can vary based on the type of anesthesia used. Because dental implants involve a referral to a skilled implant dentist in Indianapolis, you’ll have two separate costs: one for our office and one for the implant specialist.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

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The number of dental implants that you need will directly impact the cost. However, the material they are made of will also contribute to the treatment price. Implants are made of titanium, zirconia, or other materials. Just like cars or clothes, different brands are better and longer lasting than others. We will always be transparent about the types of implants and restorations that we recommend.

Final Dental Implant Restoration

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Once your implants are placed, we will provide you with custom-made restorations. If you’re missing a single tooth, we can use a dental crown to complete your smile. For multiple missing teeth, a dental bridge supported by implants will literally “bridge” the gap. Lastly, if you’re missing all or most of your teeth, an implant denture will effectively replace your entire smile with ultimate stability and security.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Usually, dental insurance doesn’t cover dental implants in Indianapolis. However, there are sometimes exceptions. Insurance can cover your consultation, treatment of preexisting issues, and part of your restoration, but this will vary from plan to plan. Our friendly front desk team is always happy to review your insurance and contact your provider to maximize benefits for lower out of pocket costs.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

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No insurance? No problem! We are committed to making this amazing dental service affordable for all budgets, which is why we also have our own in-house membership plan. This savings plan allows you to enjoy numerous dental benefits, including routine checkups and cleanings, for one simple annual fee or low monthly payments. The best part is that this savings plan includes 15% to 20% off on ALL other dental services, which is an advantage that you’d never be able to get with dental insurance. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions.

Dental Implant FAQs

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Many people are not familiar with dental implants until a dentist tells them about the treatment. Once you find out how successful and effective it actually is, you’re sure to find your future tooth replacement even more exciting! Of course, we understand if you have questions. That’s why we’ve included a detailed list of your most common concerns and our answers. If your question isn’t listed, we’d be more than happy to take your call!

What are dental implants made of?

Dental implants are made from titanium in most cases. This is because, like many other medical treatments, titanium is an incredibly biocompatible material. This simply means that it integrates well with existing bone and soft tissue and is designed to last for a very long time in the body. In other cases, dental implants can be made from ceramic, but these tend to cost more.

How long do dental implants last?

On average, dental implants typically last between 25 years and a lifetime. This is substantially longer than any other tooth replacement method, largely because of the integration process that implants undergo with your bone and soft tissue. Dental bridges and dentures tend to only last between 10 and 15 years and will inevitably need to be replaced. As long as you take proper care of them daily and visit our dental office once every six months for checkups and cleanings, you can expect true longevity from your tooth replacements.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients are candidates for dental implants as long as they have sufficient oral health, healthy gum tissue, and enough bone for the implants to integrate to. These factors play a major role in whether or not you’ll be able to receive dental implants. In the event that you need preparatory treatments to become eligible for dental implants, we’ll be more than happy to walk you through the process and confirm exactly what needs to be done to ensure a safe and successful implant placement.

Do dental implants ever fail?

While it is technically possible for dental implants to fail, it is an incredibly rare occurrence when the treatment is performed by a professional. If an implant does fail, it’s typically because of poor aftercare on part of the patient, especially if they use tobacco in any form shortly after completing surgery. If you want to ensure that your implants do not fail, make sure to follow all of our dental office’s aftercare instructions.