Dental Implants


Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects every aspect of your life. Suddenly, doing things that you used to do with little thought become incredibly difficult. Biting and chewing are more challenging. An inability to chew properly can cause issues with digestion and nutrition. Your speech suffers. Your smile is significantly impacted, which can then affect your confidence. At Platte Valley Dental Care, we offer several options for replacing missing teeth, including dental implants.

Modern Tooth Replacement

For years, replacing missing teeth meant either a bridge or a denture. Today, however, we are proud to offer dental implants. Dental implants use small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone. Your jawbone then fuses to the posts, stabilizing them in your jaw in a process called osseointegration. With successful osseointegration, the posts become strong, stable roots that hold your replacement teeth securely in place. Read about The History Of Dental Implants

Dental Implant Versatility

Dental implants are an extremely versatile treatment that can be used to meet a number of different tooth loss needs:
•  Single tooth implants. Single tooth implants use a single post and a single crown to replace one tooth.
•  Multiple tooth implants. Also called an implant supported bridge, this type of restoration replaces two or more missing teeth. The number of posts needed depends on the number of missing teeth and the condition of your jawbone.
•  Full arch replacement. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, a full arch replacement, or implant supported denture, can be used. This treatment uses 6 to 8 posts to replace your missing teeth.

Your Jawbone and Dental Implants

Dental implants rely on your jawbone for success. However, when you lose your teeth, your jawbone begins to weaken due to a lack of stimulation. The jaw loses height, width, and mass over time. The more bone mass that is lost, the more difficult osseointegration becomes. Your bone may not properly fuse to the posts, or it may not fuse at all. This can result in loose, wobbly implants or even complete implant failure. Too little bone mass does not mean you are not a candidate for dental implants. A bone graft can often be performed to restore missing bone mass. Alternatively, if you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may be a candidate for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, which can provide you with dental implants without the need for a bone graft. Read more about If Dental Implants Are Right For You and whether you might be a good candidate.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer many unique benefits.
•  The ceramic crowns look exactly like your natural teeth.
•  They feel and function just like real teeth. You do not need to worry about relearning to speak.
•  Implants are much more comfortable. Your new teeth are supported by the posts rather than your gums or your adjacent teeth.
•  Your adjacent teeth are left completely intact.
•  Implants can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.
•  The posts stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of your natural teeth. This puts a stop to the bone loss in your jaw and prevents new bone loss from occurring.

If you are missing teeth, dental implants can restore the functions of those missing teeth, the quality of your smile, and your quality of life. For more information, and to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, call Platte Valley Dental Care today at (816) 219-3133.

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