Implanted Tooth Replacements

Your healthy, natural teeth play several important roles for your oral health beyond just filling out your smile. For example, your teeth are responsible for processing your food and helping you enunciate your words clearly. Their roots are vital for stabilizing your teeth and stimulating your jawbone. All of these functions are lost when you lose one or more teeth, and dental implants offer the best way to restore them all and fully rebuild your smile. Dental implants, which are made from biocompatible titanium, are inserted into your jawbone and act as prosthetic roots for prosthetic dental bridge or denture.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

The ability to replace missing teeth roots is an important advantage when it comes to restoring your smile after tooth loss. Conventional bridges and dentures can do an excellent job of replicating the appearance and function of your teeth crowns, including filling out your smile and helping you bite and chew your food comfortably again. However, only dental implants can give them a level of comfort and stability that closely mimics the support of your healthy, natural teeth roots. This means your replacement teeth will look and feel more like your natural teeth, improving the long-term quality of your restoration.

Do You Qualify for Dental Implants?

While dental implants are often a great option for replacing lost teeth, the placement procedure involves surgically implanting the posts into your jawbone. Your jawbone structure must be strong and healthy enough to receive the implant posts, and to offer the support they need to last for life. If certain areas of your jawbone have lost mass and density, then we may recommend a ridge augmentation procedure (jawbone grafting or sinus lift) to strengthen it. Ridge augmentation can build up your jawbone’s strength with the help of donor bone or biocompatible grafting material, which offers enhanced support for your dental implants.

Learn More About the Benefits of Implants

With one or more dental implants, you can give your smile new life in a way that other tooth replacement options can’t. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cain and our team, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN or Portage, IN today at 219-938-2637, or email our office at We proudly serve all of Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.