A Better Solution for Missing Teeth

Dental Implants and Dentures Columbus IN

For people who have all their teeth, it can be challenging to understand the far-reaching effects of missing teeth. Even though your mouth is only one part of your body, think about how many important things you do with it. You breathe, you eat and drink, you talk, you smile and make other facial expressions, and the list goes on! At Dental Solutions of Columbus, we know that missing teeth can make all those things and life in general harder, especially when you add the frustration of an ill-fitting, uncomfortable denture or a retainer with false teeth. We have a better solution: dental implants. Dr. Sitaram and our team can give your smile a second chance with implants, which might just make you feel like you’re getting a second chance at living life to its fullest! Dr. Sitaram is a certified member of the International Team of Implantology (ITI).

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Contact us at 812-342-9666 or email us to schedule an appointment with our friendly dental team!

What Is a Dental Implant?

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small titanium post that can be surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw to serve as a replacement for the root portion of a missing tooth. Because of the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the surrounding jaw bone to become a solid anchor for the replacement tooth that goes on top of it (called a dental implant restoration). Dental implants can be used as a long-lasting solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth, and for stabilizing dentures.

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The Versatility of Implants

Implant-Supported Bridges

Dr. Sitaram doesn’t recommend dental implants as a “one size fits all” solution for missing teeth, but rather as a versatile option for creating custom treatment plans to restore patients’ smiles according to their individual needs. If you have one missing tooth, the procedure to replace it is relatively quick and simple — a single implant replaces a single missing tooth. For replacing multiple teeth in a row, implants can be placed to hold a fixed dental bridge. The teeth on either end of the bridge serve as anchors, and the crowns on the anchor teeth attach to the false tooth or teeth of the bridge.

When all top teeth or all bottom teeth are missing, a removable denture is a common solution that can be anchored by implants for increased stability. An alternative to removable dentures is a full arch replacement made permanent by implants. Many patients desire to have all their upper or lower teeth replaced with a restoration that does not come out because permanence is most convenient and feels closest to having their natural teeth back.

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All-On-4® Implant-Supported Dentures

All-On-4 Implant-Supported Dentures Illustration

The All-on-4® treatment was created to offer patients who are missing teeth—particularly all teeth of an arch (upper or lower)—the option to get their whole arch restored with only four dental implants. Then, a fully-loaded fixed or removable denture can start being used immediately. The two back implants are placed at an angle, which increases implant-to-bone contact, thereby improving support provided to the denture. The benefits of this placement method also include a reduced need for bone grafts to build up the back part of the jaw because horizontal space is maximized instead of requiring more vertical space. All-on-4 is not only a revolutionary alternative for stabilizing dentures, but it is a very efficient one as well, again thanks to only needing four implants. Who doesn’t appreciate fewer appointments and shorter visits?

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Like all complex treatment at Dental Solutions in Columbus, All-on-4 is planned and performed using 3D x-rays and imaging integrated with special software and computer-guided equipment. We think this is the best kind of virtual reality! We precisely plan procedures digitally so when we perform the actual treatment, it is amazingly predictable because we have gone through the specifics for the individual patient virtually.

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GALILEOS 3D X-Rays

We’ve brought the GALILEOS 3D x-ray imaging system into our advanced dental office in Columbus, Indiana. Its digital x-ray scanner is mounted on a mechanical arm that rotates around as the scanner projects x-rays in a computer-controlled, cone-shaped beam. In seconds, all needed data is collected during one complete pass of the scanner. The detailed images can be viewed on a computer monitor in varying angles and views, including 2D, 3D, and panorama. It’s totally cool! These 3D x-rays allow us to see more of patients’ teeth, bones, tissues, nerves, and airways than ever before. Dr. Sitaram continues to invest in this technology and its benefits for patients by updating to the latest and greatest model. The newest unit is called GALILEOS Comfort(PLUS). Dr. Sitaram wants to keep his practice at the forefront of innovation so you have access to everything that your smile and oral health might need.

Galileos X-ray Machine

This 3D imaging technology is superb for dental diagnostics and treatment planning. We can digitally plan entire procedures like implant placement with such detail that when we perform the actual treatment, it is amazingly predictable and we can better achieve the desired results. We strongly believe that complete information is a vital aspect of comprehensive restorative dental care!

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