We know the appearance of your smile is important, which is why when patients come to us with missing or loose teeth, we choose replacement options that look natural. With dental implants, we offer residents of Independence, MO, a long-lasting and unique option for addressing one or more missing teeth. What makes dental implants look so natural and what does the placement process involve?
Your New Tooth Roots
A dental implant is made from three main parts. The portion inserted into your jawbone will be made from a biocompatible titanium, acting as a new tooth root. The new implant will bond with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. This process takes about three to four months to complete. Afterward, we will attach an abutment to the implant before adding the visible portion with a custom-made crown.
Creating the Restoration
The restoration will offer the visible portion of your new tooth and complete the procedure. We take detailed digital impressions of your smile, which allows our team to design a custom-made dental crown from strong and lifelike materials, such as porcelain. We then attach the dental crown to the abutment, completing your new tooth and ensuring it blends with the rest of your smile seamlessly. If you have advanced tooth loss, then we may insert multiple dental implants and attach a custom-made bridge or denture, offering a fixed solution to serious tooth loss.
Since the dental implant acts like a natural tooth root, the body resumes the flow of nutrients to the jawbone around the lost tooth. The growth of bone tissue is stimulated. Following tooth loss, people often experience additional missing teeth and an aged appearance due to loss of jawbone density. With implant dentistry, we have the ability to preserve your smile. The new tooth has the potential to last for several decades with proper care and attention.
You should care for your new tooth just as you would a natural one. You should brush your teeth twice daily for about two minutes. Be sure you use toothpaste that contains fluoride. We also urge patients to floss every night and see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. With a checkup, we monitor your smile, including your new tooth. A cleaning allows our team to remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth, protecting your smile from tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease, and other common oral health issues that could threaten a new or natural tooth.
Interested in Implant Dentistry?
We want to help our patients suffering from tooth loss. For more information on implant dentistry and our custom prosthetics, 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 Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.