Missing teeth can be more than just a dental health issue, they can affect both daily quality of life and your sense of self confidence. In addition, when left untreated missing teeth can lead to complex dental problems that can have an affect on replacement options.
Nixa dentist Dr. Jacob McLauchlin offers several options for replacing missing teeth, but often recommends dental implants because of the benefits they provide for overall dental health and quality of life.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a bio-compatible titanium post designed to fuse to the jaw bone – replacing the root of a missing tooth. The implant is used to support a dental crown (for a single missing tooth), bridge (for several missing teeth) or a denture (to replace all missing teeth).
Dr. McLauchlin will perform a thorough examination and discuss your personal concerns and goals to determine if a dental implant is the right choice for you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- 98% success rate (highest rate compared to other dental procedures)
- Prevents bone loss and gum recession
- Promotes a healthier diet with fresh foods
- Unlike bridgework requires no preparation to neighboring teeth
- Improves speech
- Improves comfort in denture wearing patients
About the Dental Implant Procedure
One to three visits are typically necessary to complete the dental implant procedure. During the first visit, Dr. McLauchlin will complete a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. You should be in overall good health and have enough healthy jaw bone to support the implanted post.
Dr. McLauchlin will complete the surgical phase in his Springfield dentist office and follow up with your care to ensure a good result. The placement of the dental implant is a simple procedure performed under local anesthesia. It typically takes three to six months for the implant to heal and fully integrate with the jawbone.
After the healing process is complete, Dr. McLauchlin will attach a dental crown, bridge or denture to permanently restore aesthetics and function to your smile. Your restoration will look and function the same as your natural teeth. You can brush and floss normally. Routine visits to the dentist will ensure long term health and function of the dental implant.