Much like how trees are connected to the earth, your teeth are connected to your jawbone via roots, which are important for the structure of them and for your overall oral health. The American College of Prosthodontists says that almost 200 million U.S. citizens are missing at least one tooth. When you are missing a tooth and its roots, support when you bite or chew is reduced, and your jawbone loses stimulation that is needed for nutrient flow. With dental implants, your Leawood, KS, dentist can restore that stimulation and ensure your bite is functioning properly. 

Dental Implants Explained

Dental implants are often made from titanium and are biocompatible. They are placed into your jawbone where the missing roots once were. The bone will fuse to them after they are inserted, and then they can be used for treatments like bridges, crowns, or dentures. The two types of inserts are endosteal and subperiosteal. The first one is the most common, and they are similar to small screws. The second option is for patients who have reduced natural jawbone. Often, to determine if there is enough bone for the implants, a 3D radiograph is used. Subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum but on or above the jawbone. 

The Procedure is Safe and Helpful

A consultation with your Leawood, KS, dentist will start the dental implant process. During the meeting, the type of implant you need will be determined. The process involves two surgeries, which take place months apart. The first treatment is when a tiny incision (or more than one if you need multiple implants to hold a bridge in place) is made in your gum. This exposes the bone so that the implant can be inserted. It will take a few months for the bone and implant to fuse together. This process is called osseointegration. Once that is finalized, the dentist will attach an abutment to the implant, followed by a prosthetic, such as a crown, denture, or bridge. 

What Are Their Benefits?

As mentioned above, teeth roots play an important role in your oral health. Yes, they support teeth when you bite or chew, but they also stimulate your jawbone. This stimulation is needed for the flow of nutrients to the bone. Without roots, you may lose out on the nutrients you need for a healthy life. Dental implants are comfortable and stable. They are an effective way for us to help you rebuild your smile. 

Contact Us To Schedule An Appointment 

Dental implants can help improve your oral health and how you bite and chew. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.