Are you among the millions of Americans who are missing some of all of their teeth in one or both jaws? If so, have you considered dental implants?

Dental implants can vastly improve your life. Fifteen million people in the U.S. have crown and bridge replacements for missing teeth, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. More than 3 million have implants, and that number grows by 500,000 annually.

In addition, the U.S. dental implant and prosthetic market is expected to reach $6.4 billion by 2018. Why? One reason: Implants are a great long-term option for tooth replacement. The Journal of Oral Implantology reports a 98% success rate for dental implants.

So if you’re considering dental implant surgery, know that it will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. During dental implant surgery, an artificial tooth is surgically fused into your jawbone. A dental implant, which is made of titanium metal, fuses to the jawbone, taking the place of the root of the missing tooth.

Additional advantages of dental implants include:

  • They look real: Implants look and feel just like real teeth, and you might just forget they’re not!
  • They are long-lasting: They aren’t removable like dentures, so you won’t misplace them. They are durable and rarely, if ever, need to be replaced.
  • They preserve neighboring teeth: Implants don’t need to be anchored to adjacent teeth, so they save the integrity of your healthy teeth.
  • They give you confidence: Implants remain firmly in place and look like natural teeth, so no more embarrassing moments at family dinners when your teeth click or slip, because they won’t!

Because of the great end result, dental implant surgery is a careful, specialized procedure. First, you’ll need a complete dental exam, along with x-rays and molds made detailing your mouth. Your dental provider will work with you to create a treatment plan. This will depend on how many teeth need to be replaced and the condition of your jawbone. The actual procedure of placing dental implants involves several surgical processes, which together can take three to nine months or longer. Much of the time is needed for healing and for allowing new bone to grow in your jaw. During these procedures, the dental implant cylinder is placed in your jawbone. After that, a healing period. Then, an abutment is placed, followed by an implant prosthesis or crown.  

If you have questions about dental implants or dental implant surgery, call Gordon Dental (816.505.2222), Kansas City’s experts in dental implants. We are committed to providing high-quality dental implants to deliver excellent functional and aesthetic results. We offer the latest advance in implant placement, Computer Guided Implant Surgery. Our advanced technology combines the use of a 3D CT scan with computer software to accurately and precisely plan the implant surgery, down to the smallest details. By creating an accurate 3D plan prior to implant placement, we can reduce surgical and restorative chair time, maximize use of the highest quality bone, and ensure optimal implant placement for exceptional aesthetic and functional results. For more information, visit kcgordondental.com.