Replace Missing Teeth in Clayton with Quality Dental Implants
Replacing missing teeth used to mean restoring just the parts of the tooth that were visible when patients smiled. Thanks to dental implant supported tooth replacement, we’re able to offer patients a restoration option that replaces the entire lost tooth, roots and crown. Dental implants are small, titanium posts surgically placed below the gum line. Over the course of several months, these posts fuse with supportive gum and alveolar bone tissue to mimic the lost root structure. Once the implants are solidly fused with the jawbone, Dr. Steve R. Dedrickson and his team can attach a single dental crown, fixed bridge, or a full arch of teeth to dental implant posts to fully restore patients’ damaged smiles. If you’re interested in finding out more about dental implants, contact our team to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Dedrickson partners with a local surgical expert for the placement of dental implants. This ensures patients are safe and receive the highest quality care from a dental expert who performs implant procedures on a regular basis. The implant placement process itself is relatively straightforward. The surgeon makes a small incision in the gums, and inserts the implant post. Then, they place a protective cap over the dental implant to protect the implant post as it heals and keep the gum tissue in the ideal shape to support the replacement tooth or teeth. Once patients have completed this initial phase of the dental implant tooth replacement process, they return to our office where we place the dental restoration. First, we’ll remove the protective cap over the implant post and attach an abutment to the implant. These abutment pieces are used to attach restoration teeth to the implants.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
For those patients who have lost one to four consecutive teeth, dental implant supported crowns and fixed bridges may be the ideal solution. For a single missing tooth, we attach a dental crown to one dental implant. In most cases, two consecutive teeth can also be replaced with a single dental implant. We simply fuse two crowns together and attach these to the implant post. For those patients missing three or four consecutive teeth, we typically recommend an implant at both ends of the fixed bridge, which is composed of a series of connected dental crowns.
Patients with more extensive tooth loss will likely need to consider implant-retained partial or full dentures. Like traditional dentures, the implant-retained variety are composed by using a gum colored base to support any number of replacement teeth. Rather than being attached to remaining healthy teeth or forming natural suction between the gum tissue and dentures to provide support, these prosthetics are supported by between four and six dental implants.
Dental Implant FAQs
You can permanently replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Clayton. As a nearly perfect replica of your natural ones, you’ll enjoy a variety of benefits; however, it’s normal to have some questions before you’re ready to get started. We take the time to explain the process during your initial consultation, so you’re prepared for what lies ahead. While you wait for your appointment, here are a few of the answers you need to make the best choice for your smile.
Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?
Although gum disease is avoidable, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss. If you’ve lost a tooth or two over the years because of the infection, you aren’t a candidate for dental implants until after you’ve completed periodontal therapy. A customized treatment plan is used to stop the infection in its tracks to ensure your new smile has the healthy foundation it needs to thrive. You may also need additional procedures to repair any damage it has caused, like tooth extractions or bone grafting.
Am I too old for dental implants?
If you’ve finished growing, your age doesn’t matter if you’re interested in dental implants. Instead, there are other more important factors that determine your candidacy, like your oral and general health. You’ll undergo a thorough consultation and have a CT scan taken to allow us to assess your dental health. Based on the results of your examination, we can determine if dental implants are the right solution for you.
Are dental implants painful?
Replicating the entire structure of your tooth requires an oral surgery to insert a titanium implant post into your jawbone. Don’t worry, sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort during the procedure, so you won’t feel anything. As with any surgery, you can expect there to be some discomfort while you heal, but you can manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers. After you’ve healed, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. In fact, your dental implant will feel just like a real tooth.
Can dental implants fail?
Dental implants are the most reliable option to treat tooth loss because it is rare for a dental implant to fail. Although the risk is usually less than 5%, it’s best to be proactive to ensure you don’t develop any unexpected complications. You can help protect your new smile by maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Can I use my dental insurance to pay for dental implants?
Many dental insurances will pay a portion of the cost of the treatment after reaching your annual deductible. We will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to maximize your yearly allowance. This reduces the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket to keep your new smile affordable. We also accept a variety of payment methods to cover any remaining balance, including third-party financing with CareCredit. We have the solutions you need to replace your missing teeth without worrying about a large bill.