Dental Implants

Paola Family Dentistry -  - Family Dentist

Travis Howard, D.D.S.

Family Dentist located in Miami County, Paola, KS

Dental Implants
Dental implants can create a well-functioning smile that enhances self-confidence and overall health. Dr. Travis Howard at Paola Family Dentistry offers dental implants for patients in Paola, Miami County, Kansas.

Dental Implants Q & A

by Travis Howard, D.D.S.

What are the Benefits to Dental Implants?

Dental implants provide many benefits which can include any of the following:

  • Preserve the bone structure after tooth loss
  • Maintain the health of the surrounding teeth
  • No bridgework is necessary
  • Loose-fitting dentures can be replaced
  • Distribute the force of the bite evenly throughout the mouth
  • They work and feel like similar to natural teeth
  • Unlike bulky dentures, dental implants improve the ability to speak
  • Prevent bone loss and improve the appearance of the face

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are used as a replacement of the tooth’s anchoring roots. The most common types of dental implants are with a titanium screw that is anchored into the jawbone. This screw serves as a post in which a custom-made tooth attaches to. They mimic teeth as close to nature as possible. Dental implant restorations have three parts:

  • Titanium, bone-integrated implant
  • Implant abutment
  • Implant porcelain crown

What is the Dental Implant Process Like?

The process of dental implant procedures usually works in stages.

  • Planning stage: The first, and most important stage, is to plan out the process. A treatment plan created with a careful and intelligent approach will be the difference between success and failure. Often, specialized imaging may be required to visualize the condition of the bone and three-dimensional viewing to make sure the implant is placed properly.
  • Implant placement: After the planning is mapped out, the dental implant will be placed in the ideal spot to form the gum tissue around it.
  • Healing: After a few weeks from the procedure, the bone around the dental implant will begin to grow and integrate.
  • Temporary restoration: If it is necessary to have the dental implant in a highly visible area, temporary restoration may be put in place for aesthetic purposes while the site heals.

Can Anyone get Dental Implants?

Anyone with missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants regardless of how old you are. However, it is not advised to receive dental implants during in the early teen years. The best time to place a dental implant is at the time of tooth extraction, or shortly thereafter.

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