DENTAL IMPLANTS DENTIST : KANSAS CITY & KEARNEY
Dr. Schaller and our team are dedicated to staying up-to-date on the leading edge of restorative dentistry. If you struggle with ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures or a retainer with false teeth, dental implants can give your smile a second chance. Implants are useful in denture stabilization, and they can also be used in conjunction with crowns, bridges, and in single-tooth replacements. Advancements in implant technology have made dental implants the preferred method of replacing missing teeth. Ask us how implants can restore your smile and improve the overall quality of your life, health, and well-being.
Dr. Schaller believes in a holistic approach to dental implants and believes the same dentist who places your implants should also be the one to restore and maintain them. Dr. Schaller has training and experience in both phases of implant dentistry, allowing you to receive all of your implant treatment in one office.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth and can be placed in both the upper and lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a solid anchor for the replacement tooth that will be placed on top. Dental implants can also be used as solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Why Dental Implants?
There are a number of reasons to consider dental implants. Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage can make your face look older than it is. Permanent dental implants can be more durable and longer lasting than traditional tooth replacements, and they also look and feel more like natural teeth. Most importantly, they function like natural teeth, allowing you to chew, talk, and smile with confidence. Successful and properly maintained implants can last you a lifetime and prevent the bone loss that commonly occurs after tooth loss. Dental implants are an excellent restorative option for:
- Single Tooth Replacements. This is a relatively quick and simple procedure in which one tooth is replaced by one single implant.
- Multiple Tooth Replacements. Known as a “fixed bridge,” implants are permanently placed in the jaw, and then connected to a stable bridge (a series of crowns).
- Full Arch Replacements. Some dental healthcare professionals refer to full arch replacements as “full mouth restorations.” A full arch replacement is a permanent, long-lasting, and functional alternative to removable dentures for people who are missing most or all of their teeth.
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture anchored with implants. With as few as two implants, you could have a denture that is significantly more stable and will allow you the flexibility to eat more of the foods you love. This method also eliminates the embarrassing social situations that can occur with a traditional denture. Stop by our office to find out how this procedure can help you eat, talk, and smile with confidence again!
Computer Guided Dental Implants
With CT imaging, we are able to create a digital replica of your jawbone. Using this digital image, we are able to place dental implants with more accuracy and safety than ever before, while avoiding sensitive and critical structures such as nerves, roots, and even sinuses. The convenience and precision of CT scanning also helps us reduce the overall treatment time required for dental implants.
Should I Get Dental Implants?
Many patients suffering from advanced tooth decay, root canal failure, trauma to the mouth, or just extreme natural wear and breakdown of their teeth are benefiting from this revolutionary option in restorative dentistry. However, there are still some things to consider before you decide on dental implants. For example, implants are best performed after adolescence, when the teeth and jawbone are fully developed. Additionally, the implant procedure can be more complicated for individuals with periodontal (gum) disease, active diabetes, immune deficiencies, and for patients who smoke. To ensure that you get the treatment that’s right for you, call today to visit with Dr. Schaller for a full implant evaluation.