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Dental Implants Specialist

Richard J. Stuart, DDS

Prosthetic and Implant Dentistry located in Indianapolis, IN

Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. If you have missing teeth, Richard J. Stuart, DDS, specializes in prosthetic and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants, for people in Indianapolis and the nearby Washington Township communities. Replacing missing teeth with individual, custom dental implants restores your smile both functionally and aesthetically. If you lost one or more teeth to decay or an accident, call today to schedule a consultation or use the convenient online booking tool.

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial teeth that look and function most like your natural teeth. Implants consist of a “root” that’s typically made from medical grade titanium. The titanium screw becomes a permanent part of your jawbone in a process called osseointegration.

During osseointegration, the titanium fuses to your jawbone, so it provides a strong support structure to hold the crown — the visible tooth part of the dental implant. Dr. Stuart surgically implants each individual titanium root into your jawbone, and once it fuses together, he adds the custom-fitted crown. Dental implants allow you to restore a single tooth or several, and you can even get a whole set of overdentures that snap into place on implants.

What are overdentures?

Dr. Stuart offers the convenience and comfort of All-on-4 dental implants. These overdentures are a full set of teeth that snap onto four implants in your mouth. You won’t need messy denture adhesives with All-on-4 implants, and you won’t have to worry about your teeth slipping out of place when you eat or talk.

In most cases, you can get overdentures in a single dental visit, so you don’t have to go without teeth. All-on-4 overdentures, like dental implants, become a permanent part of your mouth and can last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Because dental implants are restorations that are most like natural teeth, there are many advantages and benefits, such as:

  • Enhance long-term oral health
  • Improve the aesthetics of your smile
  • Improve the function of your teeth for chewing and talking
  • Help prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of place into an empty space
  • Improve jawbone density and health
  • Maintain facial structure as you age
  • Durable materials that require minimal maintenance
  • Enjoy your favorite foods

You care for your dental implants as you would your natural teeth, too, so you don’t have to worry about special cleaning methods. Dr. Stuart designs your implants to seamlessly match the surrounding teeth, so nobody will be able to tell the difference.

If you have one or more missing teeth, replacing them with dental implants can save you from more extensive dental work in the future. Learn more about implants by scheduling an appointment online or calling the office.