Dental Implants Springfield MO
If you are facing the loss of one or more teeth, you are not alone. You might feel self-conscious about it. You might be unable to eat or chew properly. You might feel unfairly judged because of it.
But you don’t have to live with it. There are a number of different options available for replacing missing teeth. At our Springfield, MO dental clinic, the best choice for replacing missing teeth and getting back the most natural form and function is dental implants.
You don’t have to live with missing teeth. Call White Smiles Family Dental to learn more about this life-changing restorative dental procedure.
- What if I don’t replace my missing tooth?
- What are dental implants?
- What if I am missing a mouthful of teeth?
- Are there other benefits with dental implants?
- What type of dental implant do I need?
- How do I care for my dental implants?
- How long do dental implants last?
- What are implant retained dentures?
- Are dentures still a good option for tooth replacement?
- Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
- How can I find out more about getting my missing tooth replaced?
What if I don’t replace my missing tooth?
Even just one missing tooth that is not replaced at our Springfield, MO dental clinic can compromise the health of the rest of the teeth in your mouth. When you are missing a back molar, for instance, you might think it is just one tooth—and it doesn’t really matter since it is barely noticeable. But if you imagine a shelf of books and removing one of the books, the other books tip over to fill in the gap. The same is true with your teeth. When a tooth is missing, the rest of your teeth will shift to fill in the gap. This leads to undue wear on your teeth, problems with the bite, and ultimately more tooth loss.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the most advanced way to replace a missing tooth.
What makes implants different from other tooth-replacement options is the titanium post surgically placed into the jaw to replace a missing tooth's root. A crown is then placed on the top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the tooth. Most patients report a quick recovery from the surgical process to place the implants. It takes about four to six months for the dental implants to integrate permanently with the bone. Patients also report that it is well worth the wait.
Implants look and function much like natural teeth do. By choosing a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth are not altered in any way, making this a conservative way to replace missing teeth.
What if I am missing a mouthful of teeth?
If you are missing a full upper or lower arch—or both—you might not want to undergo surgery for that many dental implants. At our Springfield, MO dental office, we can combine the convenience and affordability of dentures with the stability of dental implants with implant supported dentures.
Dental implants can also be used to anchor a denture. By allowing the denture to be attached to two to four implants, its stability and retention are significantly improved, allowing easier eating and speech. Imagine—no more worrying about your dentures flying out of your mouth with a simple sneeze!
Dental implants are permanent structures, so unlike dentures alone, they will not move or shift. Recipients are able to chew, eat, and speak normally—even if all of their teeth have been replaced with dental implants. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Are there other benefits with dental implants?
An additional benefit of implants that many people are not aware of is that healthy bone density is maintained with dental implants. This is because the implants continue to stimulate the jawbone just as your natural tooth roots do. The sunken-in look—also called facial collapse—most denture wearers eventually develop does not happen with dental implants.
What type of dental implant do I need?
There are a couple of different dental implant options available at our Springfield, MO dental office.
Single tooth replacement—If you need just one tooth replaced, a dental crown can also be used with a dental implant. After placement of the implant, Dr. White can place a dental crown on the implant that is strong and attractive resulting in a full smile that lasts a lifetime.
Multiple tooth replacement—If you need multiple teeth replaced, Dr. White might recommend crowns, a partial denture, or a bridge.
The implant bridge consists of implants placed on either side of the empty space, which is filled by the pontic, an artificial tooth. This is a good option if you are missing a number of teeth in a row.
A partial denture consists of many artificial teeth that can replace missing teeth that are not lined up. The dental implants are placed appropriately to anchor your partial denture.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Caring for dental implants is no different than caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss the way you normally would, and visit your Springfield, MO general dentist every six months for examinations and cleanings.
Your implants cannot develop decay the way your natural teeth can, but you are still susceptible to gum disease so maintaining good oral health is crucial.
How long do dental implants last?
If you take good care of your dental implants, they can last a lifetime. Unlike dentures, they will never need adjustments, which makes them a good financial investment in the long run.
What are implant retained dentures?
If you are missing all your teeth and need a full denture, or already have a denture that won't stay in place, we can attach it to two to four dental implants dramatically increasing the stability and preventing rocking and shifting of conventional dentures.
Are dentures still a good option for tooth replacement?
Today's modern dentures are a great option for tooth replacement. Unlike the face-looking, ill-fitting dentures your grandparents had, dentures today look more natural and fit more comfortably than ever before.
If you are missing a few teeth, you might want to consider a partial denture. These consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. Clasps hook around teeth adjacent to the space in your mouth, filling in the gap left by missing teeth. A partial will keep your healthy teeth from shifting.
For those who are facing the loss of all their teeth, we can create a set of complete dentures that are custom-made just for you. Most people will not even be able to tell you are wearing dentures. They look that good these days!
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
The best way to find out whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants is to make an appointment for a consultation at our Springfield, MO dental office. Dr. White can conduct a thorough examination to determine whether or not you have enough bone to support the implants. If you don’t, there are options, including bone grafting, which can help build up the bone.
Dr. White can also talk to you about other options for tooth replacement.
How can I find out more about getting my missing tooth replaced?
If you are tired of missing teeth and ready to talk about the options available to improve your dental health, call White Smiles Family Dental today.