If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, dental implants can restore your smile and confidence. Dental implants are easy to care for and much longer-lasting than traditional dentures. At UpcareClinics in Olathe, Kansas, their team performs dental implant surgery and provides restorations that look just like your natural teeth. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Dental implants are small titanium or ceramic posts that serve as replacement tooth roots. Your UpcareClinics provider places a dental implant into a small incision in your gum line during surgery. Following surgery, your bone grows around the implant, fusing it to your jaw.
Dental implants are the sturdiest and longest-lasting of all oral prosthetics. They can support crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures, allowing you to speak, smile, and chew, confidently.
Dental implants provide many advantages, including:
Dental implants can also improve your appearance. If you’re missing permanent teeth, it causes the skin around your mouth to wrinkle and sag. Dental implants provide structure, ensuring you look as young as you feel.
If you’re missing one, several, or all of your permanent teeth, you’re probably a good candidate for dental implants. However, certain health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure may increase your risk of surgical complications.
During your initial consultation, let your UpcareClinics provider know about any underlying medical conditions you’re living with. Your provider tailors your treatment plan to align with your individual needs.
Getting dental implants is a lengthy process that can take anywhere between 6-12 months.
At the first appointment, your provider conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and takes a series of digital X-rays. If there are signs of gum disease, or you don’t have enough bone volume to hold an implant, your provider might recommend periodontal treatment or a bone graft before moving forward.
If your gums are healthy and you have plenty of bone volume, your provider administers a local anesthetic and carefully places the implant –– or multiple if you have more than one missing tooth –– into your gum line. Following surgery, you return home for three or four months while your mouth heals and the implant fuses.
You return to UpcareClinics, and your provider takes impressions of your remaining teeth. They send your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your crown, fixed bridge, or implant-supported dentures. Your provider also attaches a metal connector to each implant, called an abutment, which holds the restoration.
A week or two later, you return for your final appointment. Your provider attaches your restoration to your implant, restoring your smile.
To explore dental implants as a treatment option for missing teeth, schedule an appointment at UpcareClinics. Call the office and speak with a staff member or book a consultation online today.