A dental implant is very different from bridges or removable dentures. Instead of relying on crowns or suction to stay in place, they are attached to your jaw like a natural tooth. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentists will explain how we prepare your smile and place dental implants, helping those with one or more missing teeth enjoy a full smile again!
Preparing Your Smile
First, we need to understand the factors behind your missing teeth. Some underlying oral health issues, especially gum disease, could potentially cause a dental implant to fail, just like it could lead to tooth loss in the first place. However, we could begin to treat and manage these issues before placement. We may also need to restore lost jawbone structure with grafting or sinus lifts to ensure there is enough to secure a dental new root in place. Once we accomplish this, we will use digital technology to plan and guide the process of inserting your new tooth roots. We want to ensure a successful missing tooth replacement!
Placing Your New Titanium Posts
Dental implants are small, screw-like titanium posts that the body recognizes as natural structure. They then bond with the bone tissue when we insert them, a process known as osseointegration. We plan the placement carefully to ensure they bond with the bone tissue, stimulate the growth of jawbone around the post, and support a prosthetic or dental crown. As a result, these also have the ability to last much longer than traditional bridges or dentures, several decades or even a lifetime in some cases. Once we place them and the area heals properly, we will move forward with addressing the physical aspect of your new smile.
Restoring the New Tooth
For an individual one, we will attach an abutment to the root and then secure a dental crown. The crown will be custom-made from durable materials and tinted to blend with the smile. If you have more than one missing tooth, then our team can create a bridge, partial, or full denture to attach to multiple dental implant posts, provide a prosthetic that lasts for decades to come. If you have any questions about preventing tooth loss, or about addressing the gaps in your smile with advanced implant dentistry, then contact our team today. We want to help our patients enjoy optimal oral health and a full smile.
Do You Have a Missing Tooth?
We want to offer a long-lasting and lifelike option for those with missing teeth. For more information on prosthetic and implant dentistry, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.