Lee's Summit, MO Dental Implant Services
Dental implants are the revolutionary, state-of-the-art tooth replacement option that can save your smile. They provide many benefits which are unmatched by traditional tooth replacement solutions like bridges, partials or dentures. Dental implants look completely natural, can last throughout your lifetime, and won't shift or slide around in your mouth like dentures can. Implants won't ever decay and have strong stain resistance. They can be cleaned by simple brushing and flossing, just like your natural teeth.
How Implants Work
The bottom part of the implant, which looks like a screw, is placed in your jaw during a simple in-office procedure. The screw is made of titanium, a material that is biocompatible, meaning your body won’t reject it. Over a period of several months, your jaw will grow more bone to fuse with the dental implant. Once the implant screw is firmly embedded in your jaw and the tissue is fully healed, our dentist will place a natural-looking dental implant crown on top of the screw, completing the procedure. You now have a new tooth!
Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth. They can also provide a supportive framework for a full denture, which is snapped in place over the implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike other dental restorations, implants are designed to be permanent. Once they have healed successfully, they are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Like natural teeth, they require meticulous oral hygiene, regular dental exams, and professional cleanings to help prevent infections and gum disease.
Implants are the only restoration that help to prevent bone loss in your gums. An implant can be used to replace a single tooth, or a set of dentures — with just a few implants! If you are in good overall health and have enough bone density, dental implants may be a good option for you.
Another important benefit of dental implants is that they help you retain the youthful fullness and contours of your face, especially your firm jawline. Your body produces more bone to fuse with the implant and the increased bone production fills out your facial contours. You won’t have the sunken, sagging look of someone who wears dentures for a long time.
How Can Implants Be Used?
• Full Upper Replacement - The entire upper set of teeth is replaced with implants.
• Full Lower Replacement - The entire lower set of teeth is replaced with implants.
• Anterior Replacement - Implants are used to replace the front teeth (incisors and cuspids).
• Posterior Replacement - Implants are used to replace the back teeth (bicuspids and molars).
• Single Tooth Replacement - One tooth is replaced, and none of the other teeth are affected.