Unlike partials or full dentures, dental implants are not removable. Unlike bridges, they’re not held in place with crowns. Instead, they’re free standing and act like natural teeth! In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about how we create new teeth that look and function like real ones using implant dentistry.
Inserting Your New Roots
The key to their natural-like support is the implant post. Made from titanium, a biocompatible material, the post is inserted into the jawbone, the surgical procedure guided with advanced technology. The body accepts this as a new root, and this stimulates the growth of bone tissue around the post. The procedure, known as osseointegration, ensures your new root could last for decades to come, and also prevents further tooth loss or an aged appearance from occurring, which could otherwise happen once we lose our natural teeth.
Restoring Your Tooth
Once we have your new roots in place, we need the visible portion to look natural too! We attach an abutment which extends above the gum line. A dental crown is then affixed to the abutment. The crown will be custom-made from materials like ceramic, which not only endure bite forces and pressure, but can be color-matched to blend with your smile. Many of the materials we use also contain stain-resistant properties. If you have lost several teeth, we could use multiple posts to secure not only a bridge, but a partial or even a full set of dentures! These will be fixed in place and last far longer than traditional bridges or removable dentures. You will be able to eat your favorite foods again, and also smile with confidence!
Preserving Your Smile
Your dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime, supporting a crown or even a full set of dentures. But how do we help ensure they continue to last? They can still be vulnerable to issues like gum disease, so you need to brush and floss daily, and also see us for a checkup and cleaning, so we can keep an eye on your smile and offer advice for keeping your new and natural teeth stable and healthy. If you have any questions about how we address missing teeth, or about implant candidacy, then contact our team today. We want to help restore function, health, and beauty by replacing your missing teeth with a stable and natural-looking prosthetic.
Talk To Your Kansas City, MO Dentist About Replacing Missing Teeth
We would like to help you enjoy a complete smile once again using advanced and lifelike dental implants. If you would like to find out how our team replaces one or more lost teeth, try scheduling an appointment by calling Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO, at (816) 531-8000.