Modern dentistry has many ways to replace teeth and restore a clean, brilliant smile, and dental implants are one of the best available methods. Not only do they provide a cosmetically superior result, but they last the longest of all tooth restoration options, and are the most beneficial for maintaining jaw and oral health. Teeth aging is a fact of life, but with this cutting-edge technology, the care team here in St. Louis, MO can give you back the smile you once had.
What Is Implant Dentistry?
The ‘implant’ refers to the method used to attach the denture into the mouth - instead of sitting on the gums or being attached to other teeth, a sturdy post, usually made of titanium or another bio-compatible material, is firmly set into the mandible (jaw bone). The bone actually grows around and secures the implant, giving it the long-lasting stability that dental implants provide for the prosthetic tooth. With a firm foundation in place, a custom-molded and color-matched denture can be attached for the most natural appearance and feel.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Implant placement involves a series of minor oral surgical procedures carried out at the Johnsons’ dental office. The first appointment involves burying the implant into the bone where the previously existing tooth root was. Usually local anesthesia is perfectly adequate, although other sedation options may be used depending on the patient.
After the post is placed, it needs time to heal. Over time, the bone rebuilds around the implant, a process called osseointegration. After this process has occurred, your dentist will be able to confirm that the implant has set correctly and attach the prosthetic denture at a second appointment. To place the denture, the implant site is re-exposed, and an abutment is attached to hold the prosthetic.
What If I Need Multiple Teeth Replaced?
No problem! Dental implants can be used in multiple places for individual teeth, for whole sections needing replacement, or even for an entire denture set.
Why Dental Implants?
Aside from the near-perfect cosmetic results and low maintenance, dental implants are better for your mouth. Root replacement keeps the surrounding bone from receding and weakening, as usually happens with a tooth is missing. Pressure on the gums from other forms of prosthetics can accelerate this process, and lead to a loose fit and slipping.
Worrying about your smile is a thing of the past! Show your teeth with confidence again and enjoy the benefits of a healthier mouth with dental implants! Call Jeffrey J. Johnson & Jodi B Johnson DDS at (314) 427-7400 to find out more or schedule an appointment!