Dental Implants for Kansas City & Liberty
Patients who are missing teeth have a strong, beautiful alternative to bridges, partials, or full dentures. Dental implants improve your smile and your lifestyle. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth because of a titanium post attached to the jawbone. Implants anchor a single crown, fixed bridge, partial, or full denture to eliminate slipping. If you’re interested in finding out more, contact us to schedule a dental implant consultation at Byars Dental.
After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can tell you whether you’re a candidate for dental implants. They require adequate bone structure to support the implant. The first stage of the procedure involves oral surgery in which a titanium post is implanted into the jawbone for each missing tooth, or a few implants are used to support a prosthetic. After the placement procedure, nature will take its course, allowing your bone tissue to fuse with the titanium post. This creates a solid foundation.
Once the implants are secured, your dentist will attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post, or fix the prosthetic to the implants. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with the smile. By imitating an entire natural tooth, from the root up, dental implants offer a prosthetic that closely mimics nature. The result? Dental implant patients enjoy fully restored function, which allows a healthy diet including hard-to-chew foods. Speech may also improve. Strong and secure, your new smile will boost your confidence, enhance your appearance, and improve your quality of life.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Patients missing one tooth can restore the lost structure by attaching a dental crown to a single implant post. To replace two consecutive teeth, we’ll attach two connected crowns to a single implant post. Patients missing three or four consecutive missing teeth will likely need to support a series of connected dental crowns with an implant post at both ends of the restoration. In some cases, we may also be able to use a series of fixed bridges to restore a full arch of lost teeth for a more natural look and feel.
Patients with more advanced tooth loss may want to consider supporting a partial or full denture with a number of dental implant posts. Partials are crafted to replace any number of missing teeth, both consecutive and nonconsecutive, by attaching replacement teeth to a gum colored base molded to fill the gaps in patients’ smiles. Full dentures are similarly crafted and restore an entire arch of missing teeth. We will anchor the prosthetics to the minimal number of dental implants that still provide adequate support.
All-on-4 Dentures (Teeth-in-a-Day)
Patients who don’t have adequate bone density to support a dental implant anchoring a full denture may want to consider All-on-4 dentures. As the name implies, four implant posts support these dentures. Unlike other dentures that are anchored to posts spaced along the gum line, All-on-4 dentures use the naturally denser part of the jaw at the front of the mouth to support the full denture. Two implants are placed in the front vertically, and two posts are positioned diagonally from the back of the mouth to the front to support the entire denture.