What Are Dental Implants?
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are a safe and effective way to replace a single missing tooth, 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 can make dental implants the best option for replacing missing teeth:
- Dental implants stabilize bone levels and can prevent bone loss
- Dental implants provide greater long-term support and functionality
- Dental implants stabilize dentures
- Dental implants provide an artificial root system, which keeps the remaining teeth in line
- Dental implants do NOT require alteration of adjacent teeth.
Are There Different Types of Dental Implants?
Yes. The most common type of dental implant is endosteal implants. Endosteal implants 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 of dental implant 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 dental implants, give us a call using the buttons below or visit our website at Kansas City Smiles & Co.
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