Dental implants is an area that's been around since the 50s. It's interesting when I look at the beginning of my career what it was like. It looked like these blades that they would stick in jaws. Then as time as progressed it's just gotten to the point where it's a very very predictable procedure. If there's any area of dentistry that I have really enjoyed bringing in, it's been over the last few years utilizing implants for our cases. Here was the thing you always had in the past. Let's say you had a patient who lost a tooth. The options you had in the past was one would be a removable partial. A lot of people don't like removable partials and quite honest in dentistry that's the area that I like the least. They tend to accumulate food. It's never close to what you had originally, and everything is a compromise.
The next option we would have is well if we're going to do something permanent and they've lost a tooth then we can crown the tooth behind the space and we can crown the tooth in front of the space. Then we can have a permanent tooth in between that's held by those 2 teeth and goes down. That's called a bridge. Bridges were great, they're tried and true. I still use them every day. I've seen bridges in patients that I never saw that have been there for 40 years. I know it's a good procedure. The problem is is that a lot of time the tooth that you wanted to use as part of the bridge support was a great tooth. Nothing wrong with it. I'd hate to go in and adjust on a nice tooth when it has nothing wrong with it. If the tooth had a big filling, it needed the help anyway then you felt good about it. You just never felt like it was the absolute best we could do. It was the best in terms of dentistry at the time, but it wasn't necessarily the best for the patient.
Over the past few years implant dentistry has gotten to a level that if you think before you get into the case, you can have extreme predictability. You've got a procedure that will last for years and years and years. Here's the beauty of it though. You're just dealing strictly with the issue you have and you're not hurting any teeth on each side of it. It's opened up all kinds of options for us and allowed us I think to provide even a greater service to our patients.
Are you missing one or more teeth? Dental implants are designed to authentically replace any number of missing teeth. Depending on your specific needs, we can find an implant solution that will help you regain what you have lost are our Kansas City, MO dentist office! Regain a beautiful, healthy, functional smile by choosing dental implants as your tooth replacement option.
Below we have provided some general information regarding how implants are placed and the types of implant solutions we offer. If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please feel free to contact our team. We will be happy to help you get all the information you need to make the best decision for your smile.
How Dental Implants Are Placed
Dental implants are comprised of two parts: the actual implant (prosthetic tooth root) and the restoration (the replacement tooth or teeth). Our team will surgically place your implant(s) into the gum. Over a period of about four months, the site will heal as your jawbone fuses to the implant(s). This will create a sturdy foundation for your restoration.
Traditional Single Implants
Traditional single implants are used to replace individual missing teeth. The implant, after it is healed, is topped with a single replacement crown. This procedure results in a very natural-looking smile, because we match the color, size, and shape specifications to meet your needs. Traditional single implants are a great option for restoring your appearance, functionality, and maintaining the health of your remaining natural teeth and bone.
Implant-secured dentures are designed to replace an entire arch or mouthful of teeth. Are you considering dentures but do not want to deal with them slipping around or popping out on you? Implant-secured prosthetics are designed to stay in place at all times. They provide the functionality of a traditional full-arch denture with the stability, reliability, and authenticity of dental implants.
We offer two different types of implant-secured dentures: implant-retained and implant-supported. Implant-retained dentures use ball attachments and implants to secure the denture, while implant-supported dentures use a bar attachment. Both options are effective at maintaining security. Talk to our team to determine which option might be best for you.
Immediate Placement After An Extraction
In some cases, we can even place dental implants immediately after an extraction! If you are otherwise relatively healthy, this procedure can save you a lot of healing time. By combining the two procedures, you will save time and be able to get your permanent replacement teeth faster. Talk to our team to determine if you are eligible for this option.
Make An Appointment
Are you ready to regain what you have lost with dental implants? You deserve an authentic, reliable smile that will help you feel great! Book your appointment by contacting our team directly. You can call us at 816-399-5539 or use our online contact form to send us a message. We offer extended business hours so that we can help you schedule an appointment time that is convenient for you. We look forward to working with you!
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