Dental implants boast a 90% success rate, which is due to the fact that the body accepts them as natural roots. Oral surgery makes it possible, and in today’s blog your Kansas City, MO, dentist will explain how we place your new teeth, from the technology we use to plan and guide the process, to the IV sedation to make the experience comfortable!
First, we need to look at your smile to understand the factors behind your tooth loss and assess the severity. After all, we may need to treat underlying issues like gum disease before we move forward, as this could complicate implant placement. Using digital x-rays and intraoral camera images, we can identify sinus cavities and nerve tissues, and choose the best position and angle to insert the dental implant post. We want to make sure it supports your new tooth or teeth without complication!
Using digital technology, we gently guide the post into place. Beforehand, we administer a local anesthetic and dental sedation to help patients enter a calm and relaxed state, even if they have high levels of dental anxiety. In fact, we’re one of the only practices in the area that offers IV sedation!
The post is made from titanium, a biocompatible material that bonds with the jawbone like a natural root. As a result, the body accepts it as a new root. This stimulates the growth of bone tissue to support new teeth and prevent further tooth loss, while also preserving your facial structure. This process is known as osseointegration, which is what makes dental implants last so much longer than traditional bridges or removable dentures. In fact, some people could enjoy a lifetime of tooth replacement!
For an individual one, we can attach an abutment to secure a custom-made crown into place. The crown is crafted from lifelike materials and color-matched to blend with your smile. The material is also durable and able to absorb daily bite forces, restoring your ability to enjoy your favorite foods once again. If you have multiple missing teeth, then several posts could be inserted, allowing us to attach a bridge or denture. Your fixed denture lasts much longer than crown-supported or removeable options, allowing you to smile with confidence. Your prosthetic also doesn’t need to be removed for cleaning, and never slips when you eat or speak. If you have any questions about the process of placing and restoring your new teeth, or if you have gaps in your smile, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT IMPLANT DENTISTRY?
To learn more about restoring missing teeth and other surgical procedures for your smile, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288. Our team is ready to help restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile.