Implant Dentistry in St. Charles MO

The loss of a single tooth can lead to the destruction of an entire mouth. Missing teeth leave spaces that the surrounding teeth drift into, creating many problems. In addition, missing teeth can lead to bite problems which in turn lead to jaw pain and headaches. And there is the obvious cosmetic factor that comes with missing a tooth.

If you are missing teeth, consider receiving dental implants as a way to improve the function and aesthetic appeal of your smile. Prior to receiving your implants, we will thoroughly review your medical and dental history and do a full examination of your mouth, including X-rays. At that point, a comprehensive treatment plan will be created and the dental implant process can begin.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that the dentist will surgically place into the upper or lower jawbone. The technology for implant dentistry has been around for more than 40 years. There are also several types of dental implants available. The ADA recommends both subperiosteal implants and endosteal implants for use in implant dentistry.

To help the dentist more accurately place the implants, our office is equipped with a CT scanner that takes highly accurate, high-definition pictures of your oral cavity and face. When placing the implants in the jawbone, you will be placed under local anesthesia for your comfort.

The number of implants that you receive will be determined during the planning process, but we often place one implant for each missing tooth. Other factors that could influence this number are the quality and quantity of the jawbone, the anatomy of the existing bone, and budget. It is extremely important to place enough implants to successfully restore the teeth. If an implant fails because not enough implants are placed, that could be the most costly mistake of all.

Once in place, the titanium implants fuse to the bone over the next several months, a process called osseointegration. After the dental implants have fused to the bone, the dentist will place an implant restoration on top of the implant. Depending on your specific needs and goals, your implant restoration could be a crown, bridge or denture.  After the implant restoration is in place, you will have a naturally beautiful and functional smile. Remember to take care of your implants just as you would with your natural teeth and maintain a consistent home hygiene routine. This will ensure their longevity.

Dental implants are the most natural restoration available in dentistry today. Some even say that their dental implants feel better than their original teeth!

Dental implants may be right for you if you would like to:

  • Have a natural-looking smile
  • Replace your missing teeth
  • Relieve pain or reduce the problems associated with shifting teeth
  • Restore your ability to digest, chew, and speak
  • Maintain the volume of your face

Selecting an Implant Dentist

When selecting an implant dentist, remember to choose wisely. Only a dentist with in-depth knowledge and prior experience should be chosen. There are two components to the implant treatment: the surgical phase and the restorative phase. Typically, oral surgeons perform the surgical section and general dentists will place the restoration. However, some advanced dentists have the ability to both place and restore your dental implant.

If you are interested in learning more about implant dentistry, please contact our St. Charles, MO dental practice. Our dedicated team will be happy to schedule your implant consultation with our dentist.