FAQs About Replacing Lost Teeth With Dental Implants

If you have missing teeth, then the health and appearance of your smile could suffer. In order to address tooth loss in Independence, MO, we may recommend dental implants. How do we replace lost teeth with dental implants?

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Question: How do they differ from bridges or dentures?

Answer: A dental bridge requires removing structure from natural teeth to make room for the new prosthetic. Dentures will be held in place with either natural suction or possibly a metal clasp. Dental implants will be inserted into the jaw to act like natural tooth roots, ensuring they provide a greater level of stability.

Question: Can anyone receive them?

Answer: We will need to examine the smile to see if the patient has lost jawbone tissue, which could impact the ability to place the tooth. If so, we may need to prescribe bone grafting before moving forward. If we identify the presence of gum disease, then treatment will first need to be provided to manage the disease and prevent periodontitis, which could cause the new tooth to fail.

Question: Do they look like natural teeth?

Answer: Yes! After we place them and the area heals, we then add an abutment to the dental implant. The abutment will hold a dental crown in place. The crown will be custom-made to blend with the smile and ensure the new tooth looks natural.

Question: How long will my new tooth last?

Answer: With proper care and attention, they could last for several years, even decades. You should brush and floss daily and also make time to see us for checkups and cleanings. Not only do you protect your new tooth, but you also safeguard your remaining natural ones as well!

Do You Have a Lost Tooth?

For those with missing teeth, we have a lifelike and long-lasting solution. For more information, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.