Not long ago if an individual lost a tooth or teeth, the most likely way to solve the problem was to have a bridge connected to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The bridges were constructed of metal or ceramic over a metal foundation to make them strong enough to bite and chew food. Today, that is ‘old school’ repair for missing teeth – implants are the desired fix for a missing tooth or teeth.
Gladstone, MO -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/07/2014 -- The implant is considered a form of prosthetic dentistry, but is also considered a class of cosmetic dentistry. “Implants function like and look like natural teeth. Nobody will suspect that the implant isn’t a natural tooth or teeth. Implants replace the tooth root and provide the strength necessary for recipients to eat the foods they like and not have to worry about chewing,” remarks Dr. David Platt. Also, the implants maintain the jaw bone so there will be no further bone loss which maintains the facial features.
Dr. Gregory Dale comments, “Missing teeth can compromise chewing, leading to negative effects on eating routines causing secondary health problems. The person with the missing tooth or teeth may not be getting their nutritional needs met. Also, people might feel self-conscious about smiling or talking if they are missing a tooth right in the middle of their smile.” Implants are titanium screws that are placed in the jaw bone where the tooth is missing. After a period of healing a porcelain crown is placed on the new titanium root.
The patient should schedule a consultation with Dr. Platt or Dr. Dale to determine if implants are the way to go to improve their smile. The doctor will thoroughly examine the patient’s teeth and gums and evaluate bone density and quantity.
“Depending on the condition of the gum tissues, oral hygiene and personal brushing and flossing habits, plus committing to follow directions after the implant is placed, I will advise the most appropriate dental implant treatment plan,” says Dr. Dale. Some patients who don’t have enough bone or gum tissue may require bone or soft tissue grafts.
Dr. Dale or Dr. Platt will explain how long the entire treatment process will take, how many appointments will be necessary and what can be expected after each procedure.
About Drs. Dale and Platt
Staying on top of the latest in dental techniques and technology is extremely important to Dr. Dale and he consistently attends advanced dental courses. In order to provide his patients with the latest in dental techniques and technology, Dr. Platt participates in numerous advanced dental courses on a continuous basis. If you are concerned about sleep apnea for yourself or your bedmate call 816-452-3420 and make an appointment.