A dental implant is a great option for restoring your natural-looking and fully functional smile.
If you lose a tooth you do not need to feel embarrassed about it or face any inconvenience. Our St. Louis sedation dentists are here to provide you with a replacement in the most comfortable way. Even if you do not like to visit the dentist or have a dental phobia you can easily get a new tooth without anxiety. Sedation dentistry enables you to literally sleep through the procedure. We use different levels of sedation which helps patients undergo treatment without being aware of the pricks and pain. Sometimes the patient does not even remember what happened during that procedure.
A dental implant is a man-made root. It is used to replace a missing tooth. The implant is a tiny titanium post which is surgically placed in the jaw where the tooth is missing. It acts as a substitute for the tooth root.
Usually, the placement of dental implants is done in two stages. First, the implants are placed in the jaw. They are often left there for three to six months. During this time they lie beneath the surface and bond with the jawbone. In the second stage, the doctors uncover these implants and put the artificial teeth on them. The whole procedure takes a number of months. This generally does not cause any disturbance in the daily life of patients.
Types of Implants
- An implant and a crown are used to replace a missing tooth.
- A fixed bridge is used to replace more than one tooth. It requires 2 or 3 implants.
- A fixed denture is useful to replace all the teeth in the lower or upper jaw. A different number of implants is required for different types of dentures.
- A removable denture can be used and removed whenever needed.
The Purpose of Dental Implants
Dental implants create a strong foundation for artificial teeth. They preserve the facial structure and prevent bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants help to improve a person’s life. He does not experience any inconvenience or discomfort while eating. They help him to be more self-confident and at ease in society.
Contact us by calling (314) 862-7844 to find out more information or to schedule your implant consultation.