Get The Facts On Your Tooth Replacement Options From Our Saint Louis Dental Implant Dentist

Written by Dr. Grayem on May 14, 2024

Tooth loss can feel like the end of the world, but our Saint Louis dentists are here to tell you that it absolutely isn’t! We have the restorative treatments that you need to regain a healthy and whole smile. In this short article, we’ll be reviewing a few of the treatments that we use to replace missing teeth. We think you’ll find that tooth replacement treatment isn’t nearly as scary or unattainable as it may seem at first.

You’re probably already familiar with dentures and bridges, the traditional solutions for tooth loss. These replacement teeth are designed to sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue; they look like natural teeth, and make it easier for the patient to chew and speak comfortably. However, many people find that dentures and bridges aren’t quite as comfortable and effortless-feeling as they would like them to be.

That is why advancements in dental implant technology are so exciting for patients suffering from tooth loss. Dental implants are replacement teeth that are actually permanently embedded in the patient’s jawbone. A small titanium screw extends into the jawbone and serves as a replacement tooth root. Then, this screw is capped with a customized dental restoration that looks just like a natural tooth.

One amazing thing about the titanium implant screw is that it actually bonds with the patient’s natural jawbone tissue over time. This process is called osseointegration. Thanks to osseointegration, the titanium implant root holds the replacement tooth in place 24/7, while helping to support healthy jawbone density.

So far we’ve been talking about individual dental implants, but implant roots can also be used to hold larger prostheses, like dentures, in place. This can be a great solution for patients who are looking to permanently replace a number of consecutively missing teeth.

Our Saint Louis dental implant dentists are here to give you all of the information that you need to make an informed decision for your smile. If you are suffering from tooth loss, our team is here to help you. Give us a call to learn more and schedule a consultation!