Dental Implants – Columbia, MO
A Strong & Beautiful Tooth Replacement Option
If you’re missing one or more teeth, it’s important to have a replacement made as soon as possible – not just for your self-confidence, but for your oral health and overall quality of life as well. At Columbia Healthy Smiles, we strongly recommend dental implants as the ideal reconstructive solution for most patients. Not only do implants improve the vitality of a smile in a way that other treatment options can’t, but they also offer exceptional aesthetic results. Dr. Philip Batson and his team here in Columbia, MO can personally help you through the treatment process, referring you to a trusted specialist and creating the perfect restoration that gives you a new reason to smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a number of benefits over other methods of tooth replacement. Because they replace the entire tooth structure rather than only focusing on the crown, or the part you see, dental implants provide more stability to support a balanced, nutritious diet and make it easier to speak clearly. Dental implants also stabilize the jawbone to promote better oral and overall health for a lifetime to come. Potentially their most significant benefit, dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime as long as you care for them properly. Plus, they look, feel, and function more like your natural teeth than any other replacement option.
Indications for Dental Implants
An additional benefit of dental implants is that we can use them to restore one tooth, multiple teeth, or even your entire smile. The types of restorations and number of implants used will directly depend on how many teeth you’re missing. Learn more about these restorations below:
Missing Single Tooth
If you’re missing just one tooth, we may recommend an implant-supported crown. Once a specialist places your single implant, we can create a custom-made dental crown that seamlessly blends into your natural smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Are you missing multiple teeth consecutively? If so, we may recommend an implant-retained bridge. This option uses two implants on either side of the gap in your smile to support a personalized prosthetic. This solution allows us to replace multiple teeth at the same time!
Missing All Teeth
For a patient missing all or most of their smile, implant-retained dentures are often the perfect solution. Once the implant specialist has placed an average of 4 dental implants in your jaw, we can mount a denture to restore an entire row of your teeth. The best part is that your denture is sturdy and stable, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with ease.
Team-Based Dental Implant Treatment
Dental implants are an advanced dental service, which is why we partner with local implant specialists for the best results. After a consultation with our office, we can direct you to one of the oral surgeons we partner with for effective and convenient dentistry. This collaborative approach ensures that you can enjoy a beautiful and strong tooth replacement for a lifetime.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The total cost of a dental implant procedure depends on a few factors, including how many teeth you are missing and how healthy your jaw is. Many patients must have a preliminary bone grafting procedure performed first, which increases the volume of the bone and adds to the overall cost of the treatment. The only way to know for sure how much your dental implants will cost is to visit our office. One of our experts will carefully examine your smile, the number of teeth you’re missing, and the condition of your overall oral health before developing your personalized treatment plan that includes cost.
Dental Implant FAQ’s
Dental implants are without a doubt the best option for replacing missing teeth. If you have questions about this tooth replacement option, find the answers below in our handy FAQ! Don’t hesitate to contact us if doubts still remain when you are finished. We are always happy to talk to our patients about our quality restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry services.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a whole-tooth replacement for any number of missing teeth located anywhere in the mouth. An implant post can be implanted beneath the gum line to take the place of a missing tooth’s supportive root structure. A connecting abutment will be placed on top of the implant post, and the replacement tooth/teeth will be affixed on top of this abutment. The result is a strong, sturdy tooth replacement.
What are dental implants made of?
Most dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that promotes the growth of bone tissue to help the implants grow together with the jaw. Patients with a metal allergy or sensitivity may be able to benefit from ceramic/zirconia dental implants.
How are dental implants placed?
A: Dental implant placement is an oral surgery that takes place under local anesthesia, which numbs the jaw. More complex cases may be completed under general anesthesia. The gum is opened and the implant post is placed precisely in the space where the missing tooth’s root structure was.
Am I eligible for dental implants?
If your tooth loss is recent and you are in good oral and overall health, you may indeed be a good candidate for dental implants. Schedule a consultation with our office to discuss your eligibility in more detail.
Where can I learn more about dental implants?
To learn more about dental implants, including how much yours might cost and whether or not you are a candidate, do not hesitate to contact Columbia Healthy Smiles! We look forward to discussing your tooth replacement options -- to help you enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, complete smile once again!