Have you lost a tooth? If so, don’t live with an embarrassing gap in your smile, one that could eventually lead to oral health complications. Instead, contact your Parkville, MO, dentist to discuss possible solutions to your tooth loss, such as dental implants. In today’s blog, we’re going to answer a few frequently asked questions about dental implants.

Frequently Asked Questions About Implant Dentistry

Question: Who qualifies for one?

Answer: We recommend them for people with missing teeth, whether minor or advanced cases. However, we do want to make sure they’re right for your smile, which means carefully examining your teeth to assess the cause and extent of your tooth loss. If you’ve lost teeth to periodontitis, then we may need to treat your underlying gum health problems before moving forward, otherwise your new teeth could become compromised. We also want to assess the strength of your jawbone, as people often lose jawbone density following tooth loss. Lack of strong jawbone tissue could mean difficulty supporting a new tooth. We may need to recommend a bone grafting procedure before moving forward.

Question: How do you place them?

Answer: We will choose the optimal area for placement and the dental implant will be surgically inserted into the jawbone. Since the dental implant is created using titanium, a biocompatible material, it will bond with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. The new tooth roots will then be topped with a custom-made restoration, usually a crown, to restore the health and beauty of the smile. If you have multiple lost teeth, we may use several dental implants to secure a bridge or denture.

Question: Will they match the rest of my smile?

Answer: The crowns and prosthetics we attach to them will be custom-made, created using lifelike materials and designed to match your smile. We want your new teeth to look natural and provide an attractive solution to your tooth loss, giving you a smile you can feel proud of.

Question: Do they require special care and maintenance?

Answer: You won’t need to remove and soak them, instead you simply care for them as you would a natural tooth. Brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings can help remove plaque buildup and safeguard your smile against cavities and gum disease. If you have any questions about our missing tooth solutions, then contact our team today.


At Bailey Dental Care, we want to help our patients enjoy healthy smiles, which means we offer solutions for minor and advanced tooth loss. To learn more about how we replace missing teeth, then please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Parkville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.