If you have missing teeth, you may have noticed a lot of talk about dental implants. Some of the talk might seem too good to be true, regardless, you may be wondering if dental implants are a reasonable solution for you to replace your missing teeth. First, let’s discuss some of the claims from the latest ads from radio and television.
Misconceptions about replacing a missing tooth
- Dental implants in one day – If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. While dental implants in one day can work in certain situations, rushing treatment is not always the best choice for your health. In order for your teeth and bone to integrate fully, it can take between 4-6 months for proper healing to occur. This healing process allows your bone and implant to “fuse” together in a biological process called osseointegration. Rushing the process may mean that you end up applying excessive force before your implant is stable, causing it to fail.
- Bone retention – Implants can help you retain your bone and facial structure because it imitates the relationship that your natural teeth and bone create. Tooth loss can cause bone loss, but dental implants can slow down or stop this process know as resorption.
- Implant-retained dentistry – Whether you are missing a few or all of your teeth, implants can help support your dentistry. From bridges to complete dentures, strategically placed dental implants offer support and stability. That means you can use implant-retained bridges to replace multiple missing teeth while still preserving your bone or you can use implant-supported dentures to keep your dentures where they belong – in your mouth!
Dental Implants for you in Bridgeton MO
Each patient and each case is completely different. To find out if implants can approve your dental health and appearance, give us a call to set up an evaluation with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf. If you have an implant success story, please share it on our Facebook page. We love to hear how dentistry has changed your life.