Dental Implants in Liberty, MO
Your smile is one of your greatest assets and when your smile suffers from a missing tooth, your confidence and health suffers as well. Fortunately, modern advancements in science allow our experienced team at Northland Family Dentistry to permanently restore your smile with implant dentistry in Liberty, MO.
How Implants Work
Implants work best for patients who are suffering from one or more missing teeth. The dental implant procedure is unmatched by other tooth replacement services because of its ability to replace both the tooth and the tooth root. The tooth root is replaced with a bio-compatible, titanium screw-shaped rod that is implanted into the jawbone. Then, a customized crown is attached to the tip of the implant to replace the visible part of the tooth.
How Long Do They Last?
Implants are the gold standard when it comes to replacing teeth. This is primarily because the treatment is considered a permanent procedure. The vast majority of patients who receive dental implants can expect them to last a lifetime. The implant itself is designed to fuse and become one with the jawbone, creating a permanent and solid base for your replacement tooth.
Other Advantages of Dental Implants:
- Restored confidence
- Very little maintenance required (other than regular check-ups and good oral hygiene)
- Easy to maintain optimal oral health
- Stimulates jawbone growth to prevent the “sunken in” look associated with dentures
- Last a lifetime
The Dental Implant Procedure
Patients who opt to replace a missing tooth with implant dentistry must first undergo a consultation with our dentists. During this initial meeting, one of our dentists, Dr. Grutter or Dr. Filliman will evaluate your medical history, current oral health, and take any necessary X-rays. While implant dentistry is the ideal choice for teeth replacement, not every patient is a candidate. Factors such as tobacco use, chronic diseases, chemotherapy, etc. can affect the way your body will react to this comprehensive treatment. If you are not considered an ideal candidate for dental implants, our team will work with you to create a treatment plan that is catered to your oral health, general health, and financial needs.
- Implant Placement
Once you are deemed a candidate for this procedure, you will schedule the appointment for implant placement. In order to place the implant into the correct position, our dentists use advanced X-ray machines that detect where the implant will be best secured. The use of these advanced techniques means that our patients have a higher chance of success with the procedure.
Once the ideal placement is located, our dentists will use anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the placement process. Then, our skilled team buries the implant into the jawbone quickly and gently. After the implant is in place, we must wait for osseointegration to occur. Osseointegration refers to the process in which the implant becomes one with the jawbone and can take up to 6 months to complete. During this time, our team can place a temporary crown so that you do not have to suffer longer from missing teeth.
- Abutment & Crown Placement
After osseointegration, you will come back to our office and we will remove the temporary crown. Then, a small incision is made in the gum line in order to expose the tip of the implant. Once exposed, we attach a small piece called an “abutment” to the end of the implant. The abutment serves as the attachment for your permanent crown. From there, your customized crown is placed onto the abutment for the final touch. Many patients choose our team for this procedure and all other dental restoration procedures because we use CEREC technology to create beautiful, long lasting dental restorations in just minutes– all while you rest in our dental chairs.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
Caring for your newly restored smile after implant dentistry is relatively easy. The base of the procedure (titanium implant) creates an incredibly solid structure which means it is impossible for the implant to slip or slide like dentures do. The dental crown at the top of the implant, however, is susceptible to scratching, chipping, and cracking just like a natural tooth. We suggest being mindful of the crown and avoiding the use of that tooth when chewing on hard, sticky foods.
As always, remember to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing daily will help extend the life of your crown and implant. Remember that it is still possible to experience decay and gum disease around the implant/crown. Keeping regular check ups with your dentist will help to prevent any infection, swelling, or other issues with your implants.
If you are seeking an advanced tooth replacement procedure in Liberty, Missouri, visit Northland Family Dentistry for our implant dentistry services. We look forward to caring for your smile. Call us today at (816) 716-1000 to schedule your implant consultation!