Do you have one or more missing teeth? If so, then we can often help replace missing teeth for our Kansas City, MO patients with advanced and natural looking dental implants. In today’s blog, we’re looking at what makes a person a good candidate for dental implants.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Question: What if I haven’t addressed my missing teeth in a long time?

Answer: When we lose one or more teeth, then the body notices the missing roots and stops supplying the jawbone with doses of calcium and phosphorus. The jawbone tissue around the lost teeth then begins to break down. This can impact the stability of your jawbone tissue, which may make placing dental implants difficult. We will need to examine the strength of your jawbone tissue and possibly recommend a bone grafting procedure.

Question: Does periodontitis impact my candidacy?

Answer: Yes. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can attack the tissue connecting the teeth and gums, leading to missing teeth. For those with dental implants, this can cause the new tooth to fail. We will need to address your underlying health issues before proceeding with placement.

Question: Will they look natural?

Answer: Yes, they will look natural! The implant portion is inserted into the jawbone and acts as a new tooth root. We then place a custom-made dental crown onto the new tooth root, which ensures your new tooth blends with your smile and looks completely natural.

Question: How do I ensure they last?

Answer: You will need to care for them just as you would a natural tooth. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night before bed. You also need to see us for routine checkups and cleanings about once every six months.


At Bailey Dental Care, we can discuss options for addressing tooth loss, such as implant dentistry. Give us a call to set up a visit for you or a member of your family. To learn more, schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.