What Are Dental Implants?

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are a safe and effective way to replace a single missing tooth, or multiple teeth, or secure dentures and other large prostheses. Dental implants consist of an artificial root and a manufactured tooth that can be placed on it.

Why a Dental Implant?

There are several benefits that make dental implants the best option for replacing missing teeth, including:

  • Stabilized bone levels and the prevention of bone loss
  • Providing greater long-term support and functionality
  • Denture stabilization
  • Providing an artificial root system, which keeps the remaining teeth in line
  • NO required alteration of adjacent teeth

Are There Different Types of Dental Implants?

Yes. The most common type is endosteal implants. They consist of a metal rod installed into the jawbone and a supporting post that secures either a dental crown or a dental bridge.

Another common type is all-on-4 implants. These revolutionary systems consist of an entire top or bottom denture that is supported by just four implants. The implants are placed so that replacement teeth remain steady and secure. The advantage of all-on-4 implants is that they help patients recover faster and reduce the chances of complications.

What Does the Procedure Entail?

First, our dentist will examine the area in your mouth where you’re considering a dental implant. Then, an oral surgeon will need to decide if there are any current teeth that need to be removed and which type of bone graft needs to be done. These procedures will take place first, followed by enough recovery time to heal to ensure an adequate and strong bone is present at the implant site. Then, the dental implant is placed into the bone and a healing cap is placed over the implant. You will need to follow up with regular check-ups after to ensure proper healing and that there is no infection.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

If you have loose or missing teeth, or were born without a tooth, dental implants may be right for you. If you’re considering implant surgery, give us a call using the buttons below or visit our website at Kansas City Smiles & Co.

 

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How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

Dental Veneers in Missouri

If you’re considering getting dental veneers or have had them in the past, it’s important to know how long they will last. Depending on the type of veneers you receive will play a part in how long your dental veneers will last. Proper care of your veneers will help ensure you get the most out of them. 

 

Taking Care of Your Dental Veneers

Once your procedure is done, your job is not over. Patients will need to follow proper oral health guidelines to make sure their dental veneers stay in good condition. If you want your new smile to last as long as possible, use the following list to stay on top of your oral health: 

 

Daily Brushing + Flossing

You should already be brushing your teeth twice a day, but it’s always nice to have a reminder. Brushing your teeth should take around two minutes to ensure you are removing the plaque on your teeth. Patients should also be flossing their teeth once a day.

 

Limit Sweets

Limiting the number of sweets you consume is a good idea if you have dental veneers. You don’t have to completely stop eating sweets, but it’s important to be aware of how much you are consuming so you can be mindful of your oral health. 

 

Regular Dental Checkups

Visiting our Independence or Blue Springs, MO, office every 6 months is vital for making your veneers last as long as possible. During your visit, we will professionally clean your teeth to make sure they are free of any plaque and debris. 

 

Composite vs Porcelain Dental Veneers

The lifespan of your dental veneers depends on the type you receive. Porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 12 years with the proper care. However, composite veneers usually only last between 4 and 8 years. 

Some dental veneers can last up to 20 years if you take great care of them. Always ask your dentist if you have any questions about the timeline. 

 

Know When It’s Time To Replace Them

Replacing your dental veneers is similar to the process of first getting them on. Your dentist will start by filing away and refining the bonding agent. Then, they will retake a mold of your teeth to ensure your new veneers fit just as well as your previous set. They will then create your new veneers and bond them back to your teeth. 

You should always follow proper oral health guidelines to make sure your dental veneers last as long as possible. If you have been considering dental veneers, reach out to Kansas City Smiles & Co to get your questions answered. 

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Independence, MO

3820 South Whitney Ave
Independence, MO 64055
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Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: By Appointment

Phone

816-373-7374

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Blue Springs, MO

1400 South Outer Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015
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Monday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: Closed

Phone

816-229-4010

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