Missing teeth are a real problem. In addition to making your smile look and feel awkward, missing teeth provide unavoidable functional issues. They can make basic tasks such as speaking and chewing much more difficult. They can also change the tension of your bite, causing uneven tooth wear. Worse still, teeth adjacent to the missing tooth will eventually slide into the empty space, resulting in crooked teeth and potentially altering the appearance and function of your jaw.
Clearly, replacing missing teeth should be a top priority, but not all tooth replacement options are created equal. Dental implants offer the only permanent solution for missing teeth. Inserted directly into your jawbone, dental implants are eventually accepted into your jaw as a natural tooth root. This allows them to provide a superior hold, and also minimizes impact to adjacent teeth. Unlike dental bridges which rely on adjacent teeth for support, dental implants are supported by, and in turn support, your jawbone. As a result, they permanently prevent issues such as jaw collapse and tooth shifting.
Kansas City dentist Dr. Thomas Barton may utilize dental implants alone, or as part of a smile makeover procedure. Dr. Barton may place the implant in his office or refer you to an oral surgeon in the Kansas City area. Once placed, your implant will undergo a process known as osseointegration, in which your jawbone accepts the implant as a natural tooth root. This process can take up to six months, but is necessary to ensure a secure hold for the completion of your dental restoration.
Once your implant has been accepted by your jawbone, Dr. Barton will complete the restoration process. This is generally achieved with a dental crown affixed to the implant. By using a high quality, customized crown, Dr. Barton can match your adjacent teeth in color, shape, and size, providing you with a seamlessly beautiful, functionally superior smile.
Dental implants are often the best option for replacing missing teeth, but may not be right for everyone. You must have sufficient bone structure in your jaw to accommodate the dental implant, and you must be willing to undergo a procedure that will take many months to complete. Dr. Barton will work closely with you to help you determine if implant dentistry is your best choice.
Please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Thomas Barton serves patients in Gladstone and Kansas City, Missouri.