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3 Things You Should Know About Dental Implants

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Chesterfield, MO patients who are missing one or more teeth might want to consider dental implants. Dental implants are generally considered to be the best tooth replacement option because they look and function so much like your natural teeth.

Here are three things you should know about tooth implants.

#1—Getting dental implants involves surgery to place the implants into the jawbone.

Before getting implants, we will conduct a comprehensive dental exam to determine the health of your mouth, including your jawbone health. You might also have dental x-rays taken and models made of your teeth and mouth.

Although surgery can sound intimidating, most patients recover quite quickly from it and complain of little discomfort afterward.

#2—Getting dental implants is a multi-step process.

There are a number of steps involved with getting dental implants, and your dentist will discuss those with you ahead of time. These include:

  • The removal of your damaged tooth.
  • The preparation of the jawbone for the surgery—and whether bone grafting might be needed (this will depend on the current health of your jawbone).
  • The healing process after the implants are placed into the jawbone.
  • The placement of the abutment part of the implant, which will connect to your new tooth (which will be a dental crown).

For most patients, the entire process takes about three to nine months. Much of that time will be dedicated to healing while you wait for your jawbone to grow around the implants, making them a permanent. (This is called osseointegration.)

#3—Getting dental implants is the best way to replace missing teeth.

When it comes to getting back the form and function of your natural teeth, nothing beats dental implants. With dental implants, you will have the self-confidence to know that your teeth will not move or shift (like dentures), and you will be able to eat all of your favorite foods!

For dental implants in Chesterfield, MO, contact Chesterfield Valley Dental!