Tooth loss can keep you from enjoying your favorite foods and affect the way you feel about your smile. Fortunately, dental implants are available to Kansas City patients who are struggling with one or more missing teeth. These artificial replacements - titanium posts on which dental restorations are affixed - are meant to look and function naturally; Dr. John Goodman can tailor the prosthetics to blend brilliantly with your overall smile characteristics. This patient previously had traditional braces that left areas of discoloration, outlines, and detail in the teeth. The Dental Implant was surgically placed and was given a temporary crown during healing time. Healing or "osseointegration" generally takes three to six months for most patients". Once the gums healed, Dr. Goodman was then able to intricately customize the Porcelain Crown to match the patient's distinct smile.