If you’ve been living with the embarrassment of trying to conceal a missing tooth, you don’t have to keep it to yourself. Many adults are missing teeth, and it’s not only because of poor oral hygiene. No matter the reason for tooth loss, Dr. Nelson Kanning, a skilled and respected dentist in Lawson, MO can help you restore your confidence with dental implants, the premier treatment recommended by thousands of dentists to replace missing teeth.
Understand the Demand for Dental Implants
People who are missing teeth often turn to dental implants because they are so effective at replacing teeth while maintaining the functionality of your natural teeth.
An implant is simply a tiny post embedded in the jaw with an artificial tooth, called a crown, attached. The implant serves as the root for the crown, which is what allows you to return to normal biting, chewing, and oral hygiene. Other tooth replacement options like bridges require additional maintenance and do not last as long as dental implants.
Dental Implants Are Convenient and Comfortable
Living with missing teeth can be embarrassing and difficult, but you may still be wary of having surgery to correct this issue. Fortunately, dental implant surgery is minimally invasive and relatively comfortable, leaving you with little to no post-procedure discomfort. For most patients, the placement surgery is very simple and can sometimes be completed in one day.
However, for more complex cases, the procedure may require bone grafts prior to implant surgery. An evaluation by a dentist complete with x-ray can tell you if you are a good candidate for an immediate dental implant or if you will need bone grafts.
You must have a sufficient amount of healthy jawbone tissue to support and bond with your dental implants. If you don’t have this, you can still receive dental implants. However, you will need to strengthen the affected area of the jaw bone with bone graft surgeries, which can increase the total cost of dental implants.
As previously mentioned, dental implants may cost more than other options, however, they don’t require the regular replacement or cause some of the eventual dental health issues that those other options do. Thanks to advances in dentistry, same day dental implants are becoming the norm for more and more people.
Once the dental implant is inserted into the jawbone, it will naturally fuse to the bone over the next few months, ensuring that the implant is stable and secure. When it’s fully healed, you will again have a full smile that looks, acts, and feels just like your very own natural teeth. You may even forget you have it after awhile.
How to Care For and Clean Dental Implants
It’s surprisingly simple to take care of dental implants. In fact, their maintenance is the same as taking care of natural teeth. Simply follow these basic oral health guidelines:
- Brush your teeth on a daily basis
- Floss daily
- Seek treatment for any tooth grinding or clenching habit you may have
- Get regular professional check-ups and cleanings
Dental Implants in Richmond & Lawson, MO
An individual consultation with a skilled implant dentist makes a difference in your dental implant experience. Call our Richmond, MO dentist office at (816) 776-7134 or our Lawson MO office at (816) 580-4191.