At Derek M. Stephens, DDS in Merrillville, Indiana, we’re thrilled to offer state-of-the-art dental implants. Unlike traditional types of treatments for replacing missing teeth, implants are capable of lasting for an entire lifetime.
Merrillville, IN Dental Implants Are a Predictable Option
Why are dental implants different than conventional forms of rehabilitative dental work?
In fact, research shows that a well maintained dental implant has a 98% chance of lasting for the rest of your life.
A dental implant is a biocompatible, artificial “tooth root” made of materials that trigger new bone growth within the jaw. This process called “osseointegration” is what fuses the implant into your bone and makes it a permanent part of your body. Compared to other types of modern tooth replacements, implant therapy can be the only permanent solution.
While the majority of a dental implant rests below the gum line, in a “socket” that resembles the root of your natural teeth, a very small part of the implant is visible just above the gums. On top of this surface our dental implant dentist will attach what is called an “abutment,” which is what your new crown, bridge, or stabilized denture will be attached to.
If you’re considering dental implants, call Dr. Derek M. Stephens to schedule an evaluation to find out if you’re a candidate. If traditional options aren't possible, we offer dental implants of all shapes and sizes in order to make this type of treatment available and more affordable. Contact us today to learn about your options!