Dr. Robert Seaman may recommend the newest method of tooth replacement available, dental implants, to replace your missing tooth or teeth. There are many factors which are taken into account when determining the best course of action for tooth replacement. Besides the cost differences between the varies options, your overall health, level of bone support, number of missing teeth, condition of any remaining teeth, and active gum disease should all be taken into account. So to begin the process, a complete examination will be necessary to discuss which options will work for you.
If you already know you are interested in dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth, contact our team at Seaman Family Dentistry to schedule your complete examination and x-rays to further discuss your dental implants in Lenexa, Kansas. If you are still looking for more information on implants, continue reading and watch the videos provided on this page. We want to insure you understand this tooth replacement option.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are intended to be permanent, stable, tooth replacements. There are different styles of implants, but they are all made of titanium and are surgically placed into the bone (where the root(s) of your tooth/teeth once where). Once the implant(s) has healed (meaning the bone has accepted the implant and began adhering to it), then an extension is placed into the implant which can now have restorative services attached to it. Implants are the only tooth replacement which actually replace the root portion of the tooth.
If it is decided implants are a viable replacement option for you, Dr. Robert Seaman will refer you to one of the two specialists we work with for the surgical placement of your dental implant(s). Once you have completed your care there, the specialist will send our office all the information about the type of implant used and give us the green light to start on the restorative work. In some cases, we may also make you temporary full or partial dentures to wear before and during the healing time (this is most common when many teeth are being removed at the same time and implants are part of the replacement plan). Below are 2 videos which explain illustrate and explain dental implants and the procedure for placement and healing.
Dental Implants: About Dental Implants
How are implants used to replace missing teeth?
Options for restorations over implants are based on the number of teeth missing. Crowns are placed on implants when only a single tooth is being replaced. If multiple teeth are being replaced in the same arch, then typically a dental bridge is placed, using at least 2, sometimes more, implants to support the bridge. If all the teeth are being replaced in an arch then typically 2 – 4 implants will have been placed to support a secured removable denture. The restorations mentioned are also text links to the pages on our site which explain these options in more detail. You can also view the video below which explains each option available to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
Why should I consider implants for tooth replacement?
If you are a candidate for implants, this form of tooth replacement combined with the necessary restorations over the implant(s) will provide you with a naturally functioning tooth replacement. This allows you to continue or improves your ability to eat the foods you enjoy. This form of replacement also helps prevent the deterioration or resorption of supporting bone structure. In addition, as with any tooth replacement option, replacing missing teeth can improve your appearance and give you a more attractive, youthful smile, especially when missing teeth are visible or numerous. We would be happy to answer any further questions or schedule you a time to discuss your options regarding dental implants with Dr. Robert Seaman, so contact us today.