Did you know that dental implants are biocompatible? This term means the body accepts them as a natural part of your body, which helps them last longer and offers greater durability. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the benefits of replacing missing teeth with dental implants, and what our Smithville, MO, patients should expect from this process.

Lifelike Tooth Replacement

A dental implant is a screw-like device that acts as a new tooth root. We insert them into the jawbone. Since they’re made from titanium, a biocompatible material, the body sees them as natural tooth roots and allows the bone tissue to bond with them. This secures it and offers a durable and long-lasting replacement tooth. We then add an abutment once the placement area heals and the bonding process is complete. The abutment will hold a custom-made dental crown in place, which addresses the visible aspect of you new tooth and ensures you have one that absorbs bite forces and offers a natural-looking appearance.

Placing You New Teeth

Before placement, we will need to make sure your jawbone is strong enough to support them, and that if you have gum disease, the disease is being managed to prevent periodontitis, an advanced stage that can cause tooth loss and implant failure. If you’re cleared for the procedure, the implant will be placed in via oral surgery. At a later date, we will add the restoration to complete your new tooth. During follow-up visits and routine appointments, we will monitor your new tooth to ensure it remains stable and lifelike.

Keeping Them Strong and Safeguarding Natural Teeth

The same steps that protect your new tooth also safeguard your remaining natural teeth as well, helping you maintain a whole and healthy smile. Every day, you need to take steps to clean the teeth and control plaque buildup, which means brushing twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, once when you wake and again before bed. You also need to floss nightly to remove what a toothbrush alone cannot. Every six months, we suggest seeing us for a routine checkup and cleaning, so we can monitor your smile, remove plaque, and help you maintain a whole and beautiful smile. If you have any questions about addressing tooth loss, the implant placement process, or anything else related to your oral health, then please contact our team today. We’re here to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health!

Do You Have a Missing Tooth?

We can offer a full and healthy smile with our lifelike dental implants, helping you whether you have minor or more severe cases of tooth loss. To learn more addressing tooth loss with implant dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Bailey Dental Care in Smithville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.