Dental Implants in St. John, IN

Teeth can be lost for many reasons including trauma, dental neglect, infection or disease. If you're struggling with tooth loss, you're not only missing out on smiling, but your oral health suffers. Dental implants are the gold standard to restore esthetics and function. With dental implants, you can eat, laugh, and talk with ease again, all while restoring your oral health.

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Why should I choose Dental Implants?

Dental implants look and feel more natural and last longer than any other type of tooth replacement. They are the most effective tooth replacement option to prevent bone loss and do not require other teeth to be shaved down. Because of this, they're an ideal investment in your long-term oral health, and are usually the best option if your mouth is healthy enough to accommodate an implant.

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The first modern dental implant was placed into a patient’s jaw in 1965.

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Providing Expert Surgical Care

Dr. Smythe is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon pleased to provide her patients with unparalleled dental implant treatment to improve their quality of life.

No Guess-Work, More Comfort

With cone-beam computed tomography, or CBCT technology, we give our patients peace of mind. This state-of-the-art technology improves diagnosis and ensures precise implant placement for long-term success.

3D Printed Guides

Our 3D printed guides paired with out intraoral scanner, we can get an in-depth look at the issue and produce a precise and seamless surgical plan. Due to the efficiency of these guides, your surgery will be quicker, more comfortable, and will produce optimal results.

Holistic Materials

We offer biologically-compatible materials to improve your treatment and recovery process. Platelet rich fibrin (PRF), a holistic material derived from your own blood, accelerates the healing process and minimizes pain. It aids in both bone and soft tissue healing.

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Keeping Implant Care Affordable

We understand that dental implants are an expensive investment in your oral health. That’s why we’re delighted to help you finance your treatment by offering an exclusive implant special. Get high-quality care without breaking the bank today!

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The Benefits of Dental Implants

Implants Can Last A Lifetime

With proper care, dental implants have a high long-term success rate. Some patients even keep them for a lifetime.

Dental Implants Look & Feel Completely Natural

Your implant is built to work just like a real tooth. You care for it just like you would natural teeth, by brushing , flossing, and coming into our office for routine six-month teeth cleanings. You can smile, eat, and speak with confidence with an implant.

Your Implant Protects Your Oral Health

Dental implants prevent common issues after tooth loss, such as teeth shifting. Uniquely, they also protect your jaw bone. They stimulate the bone and prevent it from weakening over time. Other treatments like bridges and dentures don’t do this, so your jaw bone could continue to weaken over time.

The Dental Implant Process

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Dental Implant Placement

First, you'll meet with Dr. Smythe for an evaluation and CBCT to ensure that you are a candidate for implants. You will also discuss anesthesia options. Then you'll come in for surgery which is done in our state-of-the-art office. A small incision is created in the gums and jaw to allow a tooth size titanium implant to be precisely placed. The site will be sutured and you will be sent home with appropriate medications.

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Recovery & Building Your Restoration

Once your dental implant has fully healed, you'll come back for one final appointment to check the implant.  This is a quick and painless appointment. Dr. Smythe will communicate with your dentist that it is time to start making the restoration (crown). In some cases an intraoral scan may be taken that day to start the process, but your dentist will always make the crown.

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Implant Recovery and Healing

Most people return to work the next day depending on the complexity of the surgery. It takes 1-2 weeks to heal fully from your initial surgery, but it will take several months for your bone to heal around the implant. We encourage our patients to view this time as an investment in their long-term oral health. The implant will act as the foundation for a new tooth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When placed properly and maintained with care, dental implants have a high success rate and are one of the longest lasting treatments in dentistry.  In fact, it's quite common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. To protect the implant, a bite splint or night guard is often recommended.

The implant restoration, however, may not last as long. Restorations such as dental crowns or overdentures take on regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more. After time, the restoration may need to be replaced to keep your smile healthy and functional. Regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist are important to maintain implant health.

Yes, dental implants can become infected, but this is a very rare complication. This type of infection is known as “peri-implantitis,” and usually only occurs if the implant is not kept clean or is not properly cared for after surgery.

As with any surgery, dental implants can become infected, but this is a very rare complication. One implant infection is known as "peri-implantitis," and may occur if the implant is not kept clean, is not properly cared for after surgery, or if there are abnormal forces on the implant.

In very specific cases, you may be able to get an implant in just one day, depending depending on the type of implant and your specific bone. In some cases, the restoration your doctor provides will be a temporary appliance to keep your tooth healthy and functional until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. With your temporary restoration, you'll be able to smile and speak normally, but will have functional restrictions on the types of foods you can eat with your temporary. We do not want forces to disturb the bone healing to the implant.

Both Dr. Smythe and your general dentist will schedule a series of follow-up appointments to track your healing process and take digital scans of your teeth. These impressions or models will help the lab create your custom-made restoration. Your permanent restoration will be durable and more natural-looking than your temporaries. We recommend coming in for a consultation to see what type of dental implant treatment might work best for you.

Yes. After losing a tooth, your jaw will no longer be stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. This causes bone loss to occur and also weakens the jaw bone.

When the dental implant post is placed, the jaw bone will bond directly with the implant and act as an artificial tooth root. This titanium “tooth root” transmits the force of chewing and biting through the dental crown and into your jaw bone just like a real tooth would, keeping it healthy and strong.

Most dental implants are made from Titanium, however more recently they are also made from Zirconia. Years of research has gone into the specific implant coatings that allow for bone attachment and integration.

Implants are made in trusted laboratories that supply a wide selection of implant sizes. Based on your CBCT the proper size and type will be selected for your situation.  The restoration, on the other hand, is a custom-made appliance. This ensures each patient gets a result that meets their exact needs. After the healing period, the implant will connect to the crown using a custom abutment. Your restoring dentist will either make your crown in-house using a milling machine, or they will send detailed impressions or models to a partner lab. A long-lasting, resilient dental implant restoration will be fabricated just for you. A custom acrylic night guard is commonly recommended to protect your teeth and your new implant.

Single tooth implants are the most-frequently used dental implant and are made up of two main parts. The first is the dental implant, which is a titanium foundation with a screw-like shape. The second part is the dental crown, or restoration, which will be attached to the titanium implant. This dental crown is the abutment and crown, or restoration that reinstates the shape, function, and appearance of your natural tooth. Unlike a removable partial denture, single-tooth implants are extremely durable and never move or shift.

All-on-4 implants are great for patients who are looking to replace an entire arch of teeth. By using just 4 implants, your entire upper or lower set of teeth can be replaced in as little as one appointment. All-on-4 is more permanent and natural-looking than dentures, and usually costs less than replacing each tooth individually.

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