Tooth loss as an adult might be stressful but it is possible to get a full smile back.
Are you an adult living in Creve Coeur, MO, who is looking for the best tooth replacement option to fit your specific smile needs? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Our dentist Dr. Mark Hesker has rebuilt countless smiles in the Creve Coeur area with the help of dental implants. Read on to learn how he can help you too!
How do dental implants work?
In order to figure out if this is the right way to replace your missing teeth, you first need to understand more about this restoration and how it works. Simply put, a dental implant is a small metal post (often made from titanium) that is meant to take the place of your missing tooth’s roots.
In order for implants to function like tooth roots, we will first need to place them into the jawbone where your tooth used to be. An implant is meant to replace a single tooth, however, several implants can be inserted into the jawbone at one time to support multiple false teeth (e.g. a dental bridge or dentures).
Since the implant is placed into the jawbone, it doesn't need to rely on neighboring teeth for support. Instead, the jawbone will naturally fuse together with the implant to become one. Once this occurs, the implant will remain a permanent and long-term structure within the jawbone from which to support one or more false teeth.
Who is right for dental implants?
While most adults who are missing at least one tooth could end up being excellent candidates for implants, there are several factors to consider before deciding whether this is the right tooth replacement for you. First, you have to visit our Creve Coeur for an examination. There, we will determine if you have enough strong, adequate jawbone to fully support the implant, a process that requires X-ray screening.
If you do not qualify at first, don't fret! Procedures such as bone grafting can improve the strength of your jaw, and make dental implants a reality for you!
Interested? Give us a call!
If you are looking to get dental implants in Creve Coeur, MO, then call our dental office today at (314) 569-3337 to schedule a consultation with our very own Dr. Hesker!