April 27, 2018

If you are missing teeth, you already know some of the problems this condition can cause. Dental implants have become a popular way to replace missing teeth, and with their numerous advantages, it is easy to understand why. If you are interested in implants, turn to an experienced oral surgeon such as Dr. Mulokozi Lugakingira to ensure a safe and long-lasting procedure. He can explain everything you need to know about implants.

Why Choose Implants?

Missing teeth should not be ignored because they cause numerous difficulties. Certainly there is a cosmetic concern, but there also are health risks. Remaining teeth may shift, and eating and speaking normally may become difficult. Implants have advantages over other replacement options such as dentures and bridges.

  • They will not fall out unexpectedly.
  • They do not make embarrassing noises.
  • With proper care, they last up to 10 years.

Perhaps most importantly, they preserve the jawbone. When teeth are absent, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. Dental implants not only provide an improved aesthetic, but when inserted by a skilled oral surgeon, they preserve your jawbone and can stimulate new bone growth.

Getting Implants

There are multiple steps in the implant procedure.

  1. Bone study: Before surgery, an oral surgeon must first study your jawbone structure using advanced technology to determine if you need bone grafting.
  2. Metal post: The surgeon places the metal post of the implant into your jawbone.
  3. Abutment: The surgeon inserts this extension of the metal post. If your bone structure was initially strong, this extension may be inserted with the metal post.
  4. Final teeth: The surgeon will make molds of your oral structure and eventually place the final inserts.

An oral surgeon can examine your teeth and jaw bone and thoroughly explain what your specific procedure will entail.

Schedule an Appointment

If you think you may be a candidate for dental implants, contact our office in Fort Wayne, IN to speak to a professional and schedule an appointment with oral surgeon Dr. Lugakingira.



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