JEFFERSONVILLE, IN, May 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Dental implants are a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth -- yet many dental patients are unaware of this option for tooth replacement.
"Dental implants have been around for decades, but advancements in implantation and materials have made them an increasingly attractive option for patients," says Michael Kirchner, DDS, a New Albany and Clarksville dentist at Kirchner Dental. "Dental implants serve as an excellent alternative to dental bridges or dentures."
Dr. Kirchner often fields many questions from his patients regarding dental implants for his New Albany and Clarksville patients. Below are some common questions with his answers.
Question: How does the dental implant process work?
Dr. Kirchner: A dental implant re-creates your tooth's natural structures using artificial materials. The implant itself acts like the tooth root while a custom-made crown replaces the missing tooth. Planning for a dental implant involves imaging studies to determine how much jawbone a patient has in the area where the tooth or teeth is missing. This helps determine what angle, what type of implant and where the implant should be placed. The procedure itself is very short -- less than an hour. Once the jawbone has time to heal around the dental implant, a connecting piece called an abutment allows a crown to be attached. The result is a natural-looking tooth replacement.
Question: Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Dr. Kirchner: People with one or more missing teeth. Dental implants can replace an entire upper or lower missing section of teeth, providing an alternative to dentures. Patients should be in generally good health, with healthy gums and bones. Some patients who experience tooth loss quite some time ago may need special interventions to re-build lost jawbone to ensure the implant's success. Very few patients are not candidates for dental implants, but there are always exceptions. Smokers, those with autoimmune disorders or those with poor tissue healing capabilities may not be candidates because the bone must grow around the implant for it to be successful.
Question: Are there advantages to dental implants over other tooth replacement methods?
Dr. Kirchner: My patients opt for dental implants over other tooth replacement methods because of their sturdiness and long-lasting abilities. For example, dentures can slip and slide out of place. Dental implants are firmly anchored in and help patients feel less self-conscious. The implants are also permanent and do not require replacement as dental bridges can. Also, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that encourages jawbone growth. This can maintain a person's facial structure and appearance as jawbone loss can cause the face to appear hollow.
To learn more about dental implants at Kirchner Dental in Jeffersonville, please call (812) 399-3586. To learn about additional services and obtain more information on dental implants, please visit www.jeffersonvillesmiles.com
About Kirchner Dental: Owned and operated by Dr. Michael Kirchner, Kirchner Dental is committed to providing patients with the best in quality dental health care. Dr. Kirchner graduated from Stevenson University in Maryland with a degree in biology and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Recently, the Consumer's Research of America recognized Dr. Kirchner as one of America's Top Dentists in 2010. Dr. Kirchner is also actively involved in his community as seen through the local newspaper at http://newsandtribune.com/local/x1112342244/EVENING-NEWS-BRIEFS-For-Tuesday-Dec-21
Dr. Michael Kirchner
1706 Williamsburg Dr.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
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