Springfield, MO – Do you have some missing teeth and are looking for a permanent solution to correct them, but aren’t excited about the idea of traditional dentures? Dental implants might be your answer.
The Ozark dentists at Excel Dental are trained in helping you find the right solution to repair teeth that can’t be restored. It’s important that once a tooth has been lost or removed that it gets replaced, not just for esthetics, but for function as well.
“Dental implants provide the stability we need to then place a replacement tooth,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “The implant keeps replacement teeth from moving around in your mouth.”
Implants fuse directly into the jawbone, which patients love because it means the replacement tooth or teeth can’t slip around in the mouth, and they will feel more natural and comfortable. They are an option for almost all patients, unlike standard dentures and bridges. Some patients can’t wear regular dentures because there may be painful spots in their mouths, or they have bad ridges. Others might not have surrounding teeth that are healthy enough for a bridge to affix to. But with implants, none of that is a concern.
Typically, patients who are healthy enough to visit their dentist for an extraction or oral surgery are good candidates for implants. Patients need to have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant in place. Patients who may not be proper candidates are those who are heavy smokers, who have uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes and heart disease, who patients who have had radiation therapy to the head or neck.
Prior to the procedure, your dentist will work with you to create a custom treatment plant that meets your specific dental needs.
During the procedure, the titanium implant will be placed in the bone where the missing tooth was. The jaw will heal around the implant, anchoring it to the jaw. This process can take up to 12 weeks.
Once the implant is secured, a connector post is attached. This will hold your new tooth in place. Your dentist will make impressions of your teeth and create a mold of your bite to ensure the replacement tooth fits properly. Because it is secured to your jawbone, not only will it look like your natural teeth, it will also feel like your own teeth.
- Improved appearance and comfort
- Improved speech
- Better function
- Durability and convenience
There are several types of implants available. The option that is best for you will be determined by a dental consultation, during which your dentist will take into account the amount of bone you have left, your general health and your preferences.