Dental implants are one of the most durable and lasting treatment options available to patients today. Whether they’re replacing a tooth that can’t be saved with a crown or filling or one that is missing altogether, implants are an excellent way to restore your bite and your smile. For a dentist you can trust at every step of the implant placement surgery, visit Richard Rhoads, Jr., DDS, of Smiles by the Lake of Overland Park, Kansas. Call the office today to make an appointment, or book online with the scheduling tool.
Dental implants are used to replace a tooth at the root, either because a tooth has been compromised in some way and can’t be saved, or because a tooth is missing entirely. The implant itself is composed of a titanium rod that serves as a replacement root and a dental crown that sits on top of it to serve as an artificial tooth. Patients often prefer dental implants because they’re durable and fused directly to your jawbone, just like your real teeth.
Dental implants have a variety of uses and can replace teeth when no other options remain. Some people choose dental implants because they have been unable to find dentures or bridgework that fit correctly, or because they want the increased durability offered by implants. Dr. Rhoads can also use implants when a lack of a healthy root makes bridgework or crowns impossible.
Dental implant surgery typically takes place over several visits, with time in between for you to heal. The process can differ from person to person, but it typically starts with clearing the site of your implant. This cleaning may entail removing your tooth, or pieces of tooth, and is performed with anesthetic. If your tooth is missing, this just means cleaning the socket and making sure it can accept the implant.
Dr. Rhoads will evaluate you to make sure your jawbone is healthy enough to support a dental implant and determine if any grafting will be necessary. He then installs the dental implant directly into the jawbone where it fuses with the bone as it heals into place. Dr. Rhoads gives you a temporary cap for your tooth while this healing takes place.
Once the implant securely fuses with the bone, Dr. Rhoads places an abutment on top to support the crown. He then cements the crown in place, and your implant is complete.
If you’re interested in learning how a dental implant could help you, call the office today or make an appointment online with the scheduling tool.