Dental Implants Fort Wayne, IN
Dr. Lugakingira Talks About Dental Implants
Do you have one or more missing teeth? Though more than 178 million Americans are missing at least one of their teeth, the loss of a tooth is still embarrassing and can make it especially difficult for your mouth to function properly. A missing tooth leaves a gap that can cause surrounding teeth to shift to accommodate the space. If not replaced, your jaw bone will begin to deteriorate from lack of stimulation from the tooth’s root. Drs. Mulokozi Lugakingira and Franklin Awah place dental implants to ensure your teeth, gums, and jaw remain healthy and your aesthetic smile is restored.
Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?
While we always provide comprehensive consultations to determine if you are a good candidate, many patients are qualified to receive dental implants if they have adequate jaw bone volume. In addition to restoring normal biting and chewing function, dental implants act just like a natural tooth root, stimulating the jaw bone and preventing further damage. When we place the titanium post, it immediately begins to fuse to the jaw bone, creating a permanent and stable base for a dental crown. It is necessary for there to be adequate jaw bone structure in order to support the implant, so you may need bone grafting or a sinus lift depending on the current state of your jaw. There are many benefits to dental implants:
- Improved quality of life
- Prevention of jaw bone loss
- Increased stability and durability
- Restoration of normal tooth function
- Life-long solution, with proper care
The Dental Implant Process
Proper placement of your dental implant is critical to both the functional and aesthetic final results of your smile. Our oral surgeons take both these factors into consideration when determining the ideal placement for your implant. Using advanced technology like the Cone Beam CT scan, we can clearly view your oral structures, including the exact location of your teeth and sinus cavities. This 3D visualization helps us plan your treatment with the highest level of detail and removes all guess-work from the process. We then place your dental implant using guided implant surgery for greater safety, precision, and predictability.
Aesthetic and Functional Results
Accurate placement of dental implants requires careful planning and meticulous attention to detail during the procedure. Not every doctor provides this level of care, so it is important to look to expertise and experience when considering such a long-term investment as dental implants. Drs. Lugakingira and Awah are not only fully trained in correctly placing implants, but take great pride in completely restoring the health of your mouth, for both highly aesthetic and functional results.