Dental Implants

Paola Family Dentistry -  - Family Dentist

Paola Family Dentistry

Family Dentist located in Miami County, Paola, KS

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

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.

Accepted Insurances

At Paola Family Dentistry, we accept most major PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) insurances. We will file all PPO insurance claims as a courtesy to you, and all applicable copays and deductibles will be owed at the time of service. This is a list of some of the major insurances we accept. If you do not see your PPO insurance listed here, please feel free to call our office to confirm. Even if we are not contracted with your PPO insurance, we will still file the claim for you! If you do not have insurance, or your insurance is not a PPO plan, check out our Dental Membership Solution! Please Note: For Cigna, we only accept Cigna DPPO.

Aetna POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna DPPO
Connection Dental
Delta Dental
Sun Life Financial
United Healthcare