Dental Implant Placement
Kansas City, KS
If you think implants would be a worthwhile investment, you are right. For people with missing teeth, regardless of the number, implants offer a permanent and reliable dental solution. We, at Fay Periodontal Associates, firmly endorse the use of implants as they make a big difference in dental health and the patient’s appearance. The following information gives you more information about this trending and popular dental procedure.
What Are Dental Implants?
Before you learn how dental implants are placed, we need to define them. Dental implants are posts or screws that are usually made of titanium. Titanium is used, as this metal fuses nicely with the bone and provides a stable and reliable anchor. By using titanium, we can better ensure healing and the ongoing dependability of the implant.
An implant is therefore a titanium post or screw that is surgically inserted into the patient’s jaw. An abutment allows us to add the dental restoration, such as a crown. The implant procedure makes it easy for patients to chew, bite down on hard foods, and smile freely.
If you currently have removable dentures, you will not have to worry about slippage with implant bridges or dentures. Implants replace natural dental roots, and therefore your new teeth, whatever form they take, they feel almost like your natural teeth. We have experienced almost a 100% success rate using this dental solution.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
Now that you know a little bit about implants, we can give you more information about their placement. The implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone. After placement, you have to wait for healing and integration to take place. Integration, or the fusing of the implant with the bone, usually takes about three to six months. Once the implant has been stabilized, we can add the dental restoration.
Some patients, who do not wish to go without teeth during the healing process, opt to have temporary prosthetics made. That way, they can wait for the implant site to heal while smiling, talking, or eating, as normal. However, during the healing process, you will need to alter your diet. Softer foods will be recommended while the implants become established.
Does the Surgery Hurt?
We numb the implant site with a local anesthetic to make you feel more comfortable so that you can go through the procedure without too much care or worry. We offer same-day services to expedite the treatment process as well. Because we totally commit ourselves to the process, we make sure you receive your implants with as little discomfort as possible. That is why we develop a personal treatment plan and use advanced technology.
By using CT scans, intra-oral cameras, and 3D technology, we can plan and initiate the implant process without too much difficulty. By using this approach, your new teeth will function and look almost like your natural teeth. Therefore, this procedure is both fast and convenient, and well worth the investment.
Won’t you come into our office and learn more about implants? We can customize a plan especially for you here at Fay Periodontal Associates. Give us a call today to learn more about implant technology, or to set an appointment for a dental exam and consultation. We can be reached at (816) 673-2230 anytime.