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, MO, 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; our skilled dentist can tailor the prosthetics to blend brilliantly with your overall smile characteristics.
Types of Dental Implants
John P. Goodman, D.D.S. will help determine the most appropriate restorative dentistry treatment for you based on the amount of space to be filled, the portion of remaining bone in the treatment area, and your individual input.
The types of dental implants include:
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Dr. Goodman discusses the benefits of dental implants, including their longevity, stability, and ability to blend seamlessly with natural teeth. He also addresses the evolution of dental implants and how they have transformed the way smiles are reconstructed. If you are ready to discuss a viable solution for tooth loss, contact our Kansas City dentist today!View More
Placing Dental Implants
The procedure for placing dental implants is more involved than other restorative treatments, and is handled carefully by our Kansas City dentist and a specialized oral surgeon. Of course, the process varies slightly depending on the type of implant restoration elected. Additionally, some patients may first require bone grafting to strengthen the jaw before implants are placed. Once a healthy foundation is achieved, the treatment basically consists of the following three stages:
Step 1: Oral Surgery
The purpose of oral surgery for dental implants is to insert the titanium post into the jawbone, which will serve as the tooth root substitute. The referred oral surgeon will need to make an incision in the area of the gums with the missing tooth. Once the jawbone is exposed, the oral surgeon will use a drill to make the holes to accommodate the dental implant, which will then be inserted. Any incisions may be closed with stitches. For the comfort of the patient, this procedure is performed under anesthesia.
Step 2: Osseointegration
Osseointegration refers to a healing process that may take 3 to 6 months. During this phase, the jaw bone and surrounding gums must fuse to the inserted titanium post. Temporary restorations, such as bridges or dentures, may be needed to assist you through this time, depending on the extent of the case.
Step 3: Implant Restoration
Once the bone has successfully bonded to the implant, it will be time to place the customized prosthetic tooth at our office! The oral surgeon will first need to make an incision in the gum to expose the implant. Then, he will secure the tooth replacement to the metal connector. Once this is completed, an impression for the restorative crown or implant dentures will be taken and final abutment (if required) and then seated within about 2 weeks.
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Learn More about Dental Implants
If you are ready to discuss a viable solution for tooth loss, please contact our Kansas City dental office. Dr. Goodman would be happy to evaluate whether dental implants are a good fit for your smile and explain the benefits and risks and associated costs. Patients in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas may be pleased to learn that this treatment may be combined with many cosmetic dentistry options as well.