At Excel Dental, patients of the Ozark, MO area who are interested in obtaining tooth replacements are often urged to ask the team about one of the most popular options: dental implants. Dental implants are used to replace one or more teeth within the smile in a permanent manner, with a restoration that looks and functions just like a natural tooth does. Our dentists can help patients learn more about these restorations, find out if they are candidates, and discuss the process of placing and restoring dental implants.
The dental implant is a restoration that is used to replace missing teeth. They are versatile, allowing individuals to replace one or several teeth at a time. This is because dental implants act as a tooth root replacement and can be restored over the top with crowns, bridges, or dentures—whichever the patient desires! The implant itself is made of titanium, a metal used in many types of implants throughout the body in the medical field. Titanium is biocompatible with the body and is safe to use. The implant looks like a tiny hardware screw that is placed during oral surgery into the jaw. It stimulates the process of bone growth, known as “osseointegration,” which allows the implant to sit firmly in the jawbone and provide a proper foundation for restoration.
Patients who might want to consider dental implants are those:
To determine candidacy, patients will undergo a thorough evaluation with Dr. Tracy Davis. This includes a series of X-rays, which allow the team to examine images of the jaw bone to decide if the placement of the implant will be successful. If patients do not have enough bone to ensure the implant will stay in place, alternative replacement options may be discussed. In some instances, patients might be able to undergo bone grafting to rebuild the jawbone and prepare it for the placement of an implant later on.
There are many reasons why a patient might consider the placement of a dental implant versus alternative restorations such as bridges and dentures. Dental implants last a lifetime with proper care and become one with the bone to maintain the best in stability and strength. They are costlier than alternatives, but they provide the best in function and longevity. In fact, most patients think of the cost of an implant to be a great investment in the future of their smiles! Dental implants are easy to care for and provide a versatile option for many individuals faced with different tooth loss or extraction situations.
The team at Excel Dental in Ozark, MO, believes in providing the best possible care and attention for new and current patients in the area. If you are in need of replacing missing teeth and want to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, connect with our staff by calling (417) 233-4280. We are here at 1701 West James River Road to help you meet your dental needs with today’s amazing, revolutionary solutions available in the field of restorative dentistry. We always accept new and existing patients into our practice at Excel Dental.