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.
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WELCOME TO FLINTLOCK DENTAL - MEET DR. WOLFGANG SCHALLER
Dr. Wolfgang Schaller was born in Germany, but has called Kansas City, Missouri home since 1975. He loves this area! After graduating from Rockhurst High School, Dr. Schaller went on to pursue extensive higher education and continues to value and pursue continuing education today.
Dr. Schaller completed his undergraduate studies at Kansas State University and then went on to obtained both an MS degree in biochemistry and a DDS degree at the University of Iowa. Dr. Schaller has worked as a DDS in a group office in Kansas and a solo practitioner the Greater Kansas City area for over 20 years.
Dr. Schaller and his wife Monika live in the Northland area of Kansas City with their two daughters, Natalie and Gabrielle. Monika Schaller works at North Kansas City Hospital as an oncology pharmacist. In addition to dentistry and spending time with his family, Dr. Schaller’s other interests include gardening and photography.
A LITTLE ABOUT OUR PRACTICE...
A Clean & Safe Office
Do you ever worry about cleanliness of your local dental office? Flintlock Dental goes above and beyond for you, exceeding the American Dental Association (ADA) and OSHA recommended standards for a clean and safe dental practice. We have a dedicated area with state-of-the-art sterilization technology, where every instrument is wrapped, disinfected, and made ready before your visit. We also sanitize each room between patients, and we use a closed water system (rather than everyday tap water). If you want to find a dentist office nearby, look no farther than Flintlock Dental - we worry about the cleanliness of our office so you’ll never have to!
Education & Credentials
Our team at Flintlock Dental is fully trained, skilled and certified to provide you with the expertise you are looking for. We all fulfill our responsibility to continuing education by attending dental conventions, seminars, and lectures and keeping up-to-date on the latest dental technologies and dental procedures. We are always searching for ways to better serve you and your family.
Information & Accommodations
We empower you to make smart choices for your oral health and smile enhancements through information and thorough consultation, easy and accommodating financing, and comfortable facilities and care. We also make sure you have confidence in our service by being fully informed about your medical history, current medications, and others factors that might affect your dental health and treatment.
A Kid Friendly & Kid Sensitive Office
As a family dentistry, habits such as teeth brushing and finger sucking are of primary concern to us, because they can seriously affect children’s smile development – in their teeth, gums, and even jaw growth. We understand that these habits must be treated with sensitivity and patience and that some children feel uneasy or even scared about dental visits. Our friendly and gentle staff will help your child (and you) feel at ease in our care. Call today to schedule a convenient appointment!