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Dental Implants in Leawood
No patient wants to have missing teeth or be told they need to have a tooth extracted. Fortunately, dental implants have given dentists and patients new options for routinely and predictably replacing missing teeth.
If you are currently missing one or more teeth or preparing to have a tooth extracted, dental implants are the treatment option most similar in form, function, and esthetics to your natural teeth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
When a tooth's root is lost, the bone beneath your gums begins to shrink. By placing a dental implant in the jaw, we are able to maintain your normal levels of bone.
A dental implant is a medical-grade titanium screw surgically placed in your jawbone, which replicates the root from your natural tooth. A traditional tooth-colored dental crown can then be attached to the screw, which essentially restores the entire missing tooth. Because it closely mimics your natural tooth, it offers the same function you enjoyed before. This means that you’ll eat, chew, talk, and smile with ease once again.
Dental implants are also easy to care for as you can brush and floss them like your natural teeth. With the right home care and regular dental checkups with Dr. Engelmann, they can last a lifetime, which also makes them a sound long-term investment in your oral health.
Unlike a bridge, there is no need to damage the adjacent teeth, and you are able to floss normally. The dental implant can also be used to stabilize a removable denture or partial, replacing multiple teeth. Implant-supported dentures and partials can give you the ability and confidence to talk and eat in public without the fear of your teeth slipping or falling out.
To Save a Tooth or Place an Implant?
Often, when a tooth has been extensively damaged, a dental implant may be a more predictable investment of your time and money than trying to save the damaged tooth. If you have decided that an implant is the right choice to replace a tooth requiring extraction, there are a few different ways the process may go.
While many patients prefer an immediate implant in which the tooth is extracted and the implant placed at the same time, sometimes the tooth must be removed first and the implant placed a few months later after the area has healed. We will assess your needs and help you plan your treatment accordingly.
The Implant Process
If you would like to replace a missing tooth – or a soon-to-be missing tooth – with a dental implant, Dr. Engelmann can determine if this is the right treatment for you with a thorough examination.
We work closely with a team of specialists to complete the surgical process with the desired outcome in mind, and we’ll walk you through the process from start to finish if it’s decided that implants are right for your needs. After the appropriate healing time has passed, you’ll return to our office to receive your custom implant crown.
Don’t let a missing or failing tooth affect your life any longer! Contact Dental 133 today to learn more about the possibilities of dental implants for your smile.