D.E. Kelley, DDS | What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implant

Tooth human implant (done in 3d graphics)

While most of us aren’t exactly thrilled to learn we need a dental implant (or any other surgery for that matter), it should be comforting to know there have been major advances in this field of dentistry and the end result will have you flashing that familiar smile with no noticeable differences.

Am I a good candidate for an implant?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.

Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas, they are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your own. Your dentist and periodontist will work together to make your dreams come true.

What is the procedure like?

This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.

  • Replacing a Single Tooth   If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it.
  • Replacing Several Teeth   If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them.
  • Replacing All of Your Teeth   If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.
  • Sinus Augmentation   A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.
  • Ridge Modification   Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.

What Happens After the Implant?

As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!

Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering us for your dental implant services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress-free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.


The Modern Day Tooth Fairy

toothfairyLosing one’s baby teeth is still a pretty big deal. Why not use this opportunity to celebrate growing up by making the visit from the tooth fairy a special event? Here are some ways (simple and inexpensive) that you can add a little magic to the experience. In the old days, when a child lost a tooth, they’d stick it under their pillow and find a quarter there the next morning. These days, the tooth fairy has gotten a lot more creative.

Here are 3 ideas to make your child’s tooth fairy experience a great one!

  1. Catch the tooth fairy in the act.
    Create a photo of the tooth fairy making a visit to see your child by taking a picture of them sleeping the night the fairy visits. Upload it to icaughtthetoothfairy.com and receive a digital image that shows the tooth fairy herself in the middle of her transaction. ($10 charge).
  1. Use a Tooth Fairy Pillow

Consider using a tooth fairy pillow for your child to place their lost teeth in. You can buy a pre-made tooth fairy pillow from a store or make one yourself using a few craft supplies, such as cotton fabric and batting. A standard tooth fairy pillow looks like a tiny pillow with a small pocket. You can write your child’s name on the tooth fairy pillow using colorful glitter glue. Here’s a link to creating your very own pillow: http://mamamommymom.com/tooth-fairy-pillow-loose-tooth/

  1. Sprinkle Fairy Dust Under the Pillow or Leading Up to the Door

If you can handle the glitter clean-up, some parents like to sprinkle glitter (fairy dust) around the money or gift that’s left under your child’s pillow as proof that the tooth fairy has been there to visit. To make it even more magical spray glitter on a coin or bill itself.

You can also turn your child’s lost tooth into an opportunity to teach proper dental care with a few other tooth fairy ideas. Place a new toothbrush with toothpaste under their pillow with a note encouraging them to brush.