How Do You Place a Dental Implant?

March 28, 2019

When a patient comes to us with missing teeth, we want to offer them a whole smile again. With implant dentistry, we address minor and severe cases of missing teeth in Olathe, KS, and prevent the complications of untreated tooth loss. Let’s talk about placing and restoring dental implants, and why you should always seek a replacement for your missing teeth.

Qualifications for Placement

First, we need to make sure implant dentistry is the right choice for your smile. We need to assess the strength of your jawbone. When we lose teeth, the body no longer supplies calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone, causing the bone tissue to dissolve. This could impact your jawbone’s ability to support a new tooth. You may need a bone grafting procedure to strengthen your jawbone. We also look for signs of periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease responsible for adult tooth loss. If you have periodontal disease, we may recommend treatment to manage the disease before moving forward.

Receiving Your New Teeth

Using advanced technology, we choose the optimal area for placement. Oral surgery will then be required to place the dental implant into your jawbone. We will offer IV sedation to ensure you remain calm and comfortable throughout the placement procedure. The dental implant will then bond with the jawbone like a natural tooth root, a process that takes between three and four months. Once the area heals, we can move forward with the restoration process, which addresses the visible portion of your new tooth.

Restoring Your Dental Implant

To restore your new tooth, we will create a lifelike dental crown. Made from ceramic, the crown will not only look natural, but also withstand the same bite forces and pressure that a natural tooth does. Once in place, your new tooth will blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile. If you have multiple missing teeth, then we may add multiple dental implants to secure a bridge or denture. The prosthetic portion will be created using lifelike materials, ensuring your bridge and denture remain firmly in place and blend with your smile.

With proper care and attention, your new teeth may last for decades. You should continue to brush and floss daily, which helps limit plaque buildup and reduce the risk of dental infection and periodontal disease. You should also make time to see us twice a year, so we can monitor your new tooth and your smile as a whole. We will also clean your teeth to remove plaque buildup.

Ready for Implant Dentistry?

We want to offer a dependable and natural looking solution to the gaps in your smile. To schedule a consultation and talk about implant dentistry, then call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.