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Dental Implants

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Have you been living with missing teeth? Are your missing or poorly functioning teeth affecting your appearance, your ability to eat what you want, or even your ability to speak properly? You don’t need to suffer anymore. Dental implants can help you get back the smile you once had or remake your current smile into one you can proudly show off.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that can support a variety of tooth replacement options. The most common is a single tooth replacement with a dental crown, but there are now options that include full-arch restorations attached to just a few dental implants. The options and possibilities with these modern marvels are almost endless.

Primitive versions of dental implants date back hundreds of years. The Mayan civilization was one of the first to find viable replacements for missing teeth. The Mayans inserted seashells and minerals into the sockets of lost teeth, and their remains indicate that the jawbone attempted to integrate the replacement teeth.

The major implant breakthrough came in 1952, when a surgeon discovered that titanium is able to bond completely with human bone. This process is called osseointegration and is central to why dental implants are effective. In 1965, the same surgeon placed the first set of modern dental implants, which lasted the patient for 40 years.

Dental Implant Options from S&G Family Dentistry

S&G Family Dentistry uses both traditional (full-sized) and mini dental implants to replace teeth. Traditional implants are used in most situations as they provide maximum support for your restoration. Mini implants can be used when a patient lacks sufficient bone required for regular implants. One of our implant dentists will help you decide which option can be used for your treatment. Either option can replace single or multiple missing teeth.

  • Single Tooth Replacement – This traditional replacement method allows us to place a single dental implant for each lost tooth. We will restore each implant with a dental crown.
  • Implant-Retained Dentures – This option will provide you with a full arch of replacement teeth held in place by dental implants. Your dental implants will have a balls attached to the top. Your denture will have matching receptacles that simply snap onto the balls. This will give your dentures superior stability and prevent them from sliding out or becoming loose – even while you eat.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Trying to decide between a dental bridge or dentures and dental implants? Consider the unique benefits of dental implants over other tooth replacement options:

  • Stability – You’ll recall that osseointegration is what allows your dental implants to be as stable as real teeth. The titanium actually becomes part of your jawbone, so your crown or dentures have a firm foundation. This superior strength means you can once again eat anything with ease.
  • Appearance – Dental implants are able to provide the look of natural teeth. Whether you are getting a single tooth restoration or a full denture, no one will be able to tell the replacement teeth from your natural teeth.
  • Bone Protection – When you lose a tooth, you also lose a tooth root. This opens a spot in your jawbone. This spot needs to have something put into it, or your bone underneath will begin to deteriorate. That is why when you see someone who has lost all of their teeth, their lower face looks shrunken. Dental implants are able to prevent this type of bone loss and keep your face looking full, healthy, and youthful.

Ready for a full smile once again? Call our Leawood, KS office at 913-945-1612 to schedule your appointment today. You can schedule your appointment using our online form as well.

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