Dr. Falender is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He has practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery, implant surgery, and laser surgery in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 1987. Dr. Falender is a graduate of Indiana University and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
He is an associate professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Falender enjoys traveling, sports, music, and spending time with his family.
If you are interested in learning more about which dental implant solution is right for you, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Falender.
If you’re unsure of either a dental treatment plan, dental implants pricing or the dental treatment itself that you were given at another office in Indianapolis, feel free to see Dr. Falender for a second opinion.
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option designed to look and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants are revolutionizing the way people think about tooth restoration; while before removable prosthetics were the only solution available, now there are a variety of dental implant-based treatments that offer patients a lifelong solution to tooth loss.
Dental implants are made up of three separate parts. The implant itself is a medical-grade titanium screw that replaces your natural tooth’s root. This screw naturally stimulates the bone surrounding the teeth, just like your tooth’s root would, which prevents bone loss and preserves the structure of your face and jaw. A connecting abutment attaches to the screw and secures your prosthetic tooth or teeth in place. The prosthetic teeth (also known as crowns) are custom made to mimic the appearance of your natural teeth. The secure three-part design allows patients to eat, smile, and speak comfortably without ever worrying about a prosthesis coming out of place.
Until recently, the main option for replacing multiple teeth, other than dentures, was to replace each tooth with an individual tooth implant. This was an extremely expensive and time consuming, especially for a full bridge of teeth. The new procedure of full teeth on 4 implants offers a much more cost effective option (less than ¼ of the price) and treatment times are considerably faster too.
The cost of receiving dental implants can depend on several factors. The number of teeth being replaced, the extent of bone loss that has taken place, and the need for additional procedures, such as dental extractions or bone grafting, must all be taken into consideration when undergoing dental implant placement. Sometimes, your insurance will pay for a portion of the dental implant procedure, but please keep in mind that this is not always the case. Despite some advertisements for “bargain” implants, the only way to get an accurate estimate of how much your procedure will cost is to schedule a consultation with an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The training and experience obtained by oral surgeons, such as Dr. Falender, allows them to accurately assess your needs and develop a treatment plan which addresses the long-term health of your mouth and dental implant.
Most Dentures Are Positioned Incorrectly
Most dentures are positioned incorrectly. Natural teeth are offset from the bone whereas dentures must sit over the bone. Dentures also diminish the back teeth and fail to support the face as they should.
Dentures Often Fit Inadequately.
Dentures often fit inadequately, and as your facial bone recedes with age, the teeth are placed further and further towards the back causing your lips to lose natural support which gives you that sunken look many denture wearers have.
More Cost Effective Option.
If too much time passes, there will be insufficient bone mass to complete an implant procedure, and your dentures will fail to stay in place at all. The earlier your All-on-4 Dental Implant® procedure is completed, the more cost effective it is.