Dental Implants Offer a Stable, Permanent Solution to Replace Missing Teeth
Matthew A. Turner D.D.S., P.C., offers a variety of dental implant restorations to residents of Kansas City, MO at our office in Blue Springs, MO. Treatments include crowns, implant-supported dentures, and other dental procedures. Dental implants are a stable and permanent restoration for patients with missing teeth to improve the functionality and appearance of their smiles. Implants work differently than traditional restorations by preventing bone loss to support oral health.
How Dental Implants Work
“Implants work differently than traditional restorations by preventing bone loss to support oral health.”
A dental implant is a screw-like titanium or titanium alloy post that replaces the whole structure of a missing tooth or teeth from root to crown. They are surgically placed in the jaw and fuse to the jawbone for a permanent restoration that looks and feels like a natural tooth. A single implant may be used for a crown, or multiple implants may be used for partial and full dentures.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Patients who are missing one or more teeth may be candidates for dental implants. If you currently wear a denture that you find uncomfortable or limiting, you may be an excellent candidate for this treatment. Candidates must have ample bone tissue to support the implants and may need a bone graft. Any underlying oral health conditions require treatment before implant surgery. Patients should be non-smokers, or be willing to quit prior to and following implant placement, and be in good overall health. It is important to commit to proper oral care before and after receiving your implants and restoration for treatment to be successful.
Dental Implant Procedure
During a consultation, Dr. Turner will evaluate your overall health and examine your teeth, gums, and jaw. Dr. Turner will review his findings with you and fully explain the process for treatment. Once you are approved for dental implant placement, your implants will be placed by a skilled oral surgeon on our team. After several months, when your implants have fused to your jawbone, the surgeon will place the abutment. Approximately two weeks later, Dr. Turner will place the permanent restoration.
Risks and Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implant placement is an oral surgery and as such, there are risks and side effects. Risks may include infection and injury or damage to the surrounding teeth, blood vessels, tissues, and nerves. Dr. Turner practices very conservative implant treatment with proven methods to greatly reduce risks. Patients who continue to smoke, have uncontrolled diabetes, or consume too much alcohol may experience implant failure, meaning the implant does not fuse to the jawbone. Temporary side effects may be experienced such as bleeding, pain or discomfort, swelling of the gums or face, and bruising.
The majority of dentists and patients believe the benefits of dental implants far outweigh the risks. Implants act just as a natural tooth would, drawing essential nutrients to the jawbone to maintain the structure and tissues and prevent bone loss. Dental implants offer a permanent, more comfortable, and convenient solution over traditional dentures. Because implant restorations are non-removable, there is no risk that they will slip out of place, which can make speaking and chewing easier. Additionally, these restorations are cared for just as you would care for natural teeth. Dental implant restorations can improve your appearance and make you more confident in social settings.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are interested in replacing missing teeth or dentures that slip out of place, dental implants may be an ideal solution. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Turner and to receive a treatment cost estimate.
Best dental experience anyone could ask for. It's very obvious the entire staff works together as a team and truly cares about the patients.Jackie P.