Understanding the Benefits and Risks of Dental Implants
When a patient has suffered tooth loss, dental implants are usually the best available option to restore function and aesthetics. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically embedded in the jawbone to replace the natural tooth root and support a crown, bridge or denture. Before choosing this advanced option, it is very important to understand the many benefits and risks of dental implants. Dr. John Goodman helps patients in the Kansas City, MO, area by placing the titanium posts with great precision and providing beautiful restorations that blend seamlessly into their smiles. He believes in patient education, and is glad to help patients fully understand dental implants before making a decision. If you are missing teeth and would like to learn more about dental implants, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Goodman.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
For patients, the most immediate benefit of dental implants is fully restored function. Missing teeth cause chewing and speaking to become difficult and uncomfortable. After your dental implant procedure, you will no longer need to compensate by only chewing on one side of your mouth. You will also regain the ability to enunciate properly. Implants are especially beneficial for denture wearers because they allow patients to chew foods like pears and rare steaks without worrying that their dentures will shift out of place.
Meanwhile, our partner dental laboratory can craft custom restorations from highly lifelike materials that will look and feel just like your natural teeth. Beautiful crowns, bridges, and dentures can be made from high-quality materials like porcelain or zirconia, which are extremely durable, and can last a lifetime with proper care. Implant-supported restorations allow you to smile with confidence.
Perhaps most importantly, dental implants are the only restorative treatment that can prevent jaw bone atrophy. When tooth loss occurs, the underlying jawbone stops receiving stimulation from the tooth roots, and the jaw will begin to atrophy, or shrink, as a result.
When you choose Dr. Goodman for your implant procedure, you will be in the most capable hands. Dr. Goodman has extensive experience in all restorative dentistry treatments, and consistently provides optimal outcomes for his patients. He has an outstanding reputation and unparalleled safety record.
Possible Risks of Dental Implants
No surgical procedure is completely without risk, but you can significantly reduce these risks by choosing an excellent surgeon. As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection involved in dental implant placement. In some cases, implants fail to integrate with the jaw. Dr. Goodman minimizes the risk of surgical complications by maintaining a sterile operating suite and practicing a cautious approach to all procedures. By planning every surgery meticulously, he can place the posts in their ideal positions to ensure maximum long-term satisfaction.
Make a Dental Implant Appointment
If you have suffered tooth loss and would like to learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goodman.