Dental Implants and Oral Health

Dental Implants and Oral Health

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible materials like titanium, surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gums. Serving as a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, dental implants provide a natural-looking and long-lasting solution for individuals with missing teeth. As the implant integrates with the jawbone over time through osseointegration, it ensures stability and support for the prosthetic teeth, mimicking the strength and functionality of natural teeth. At LICATA DENTAL: FAYE LICATA, DMD, FAGD, dental implants not only restore a confident smile and proper chewing ability but also preserve facial structure, prevent bone loss, and enhance overall oral health, making them a popular choice for permanent tooth replacement.

Types Of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants

These are the most commonly used dental implants. Endosteal implants consist of small, screw-shaped posts made of biocompatible materials like titanium. They are surgically placed directly into the jawbone by our dentist in Chesterfield, MO. Endosteal implants strongly support prosthetic teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. Due to their stability and versatility, they are widely used for various tooth replacement scenarios.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are an alternative to endosteal implants when a patient has insufficient bone height or is not a candidate for bone grafting procedures. Instead of being placed inside the jawbone, subperiosteal implants are positioned under the gum but on or above the jawbone. These implants comprise a metal framework with posts that protrude through the gum to support the replacement teeth. While less common than endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants are a suitable option for specific cases.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Natural Appearance and Functionality

Dental implants in Chesterfield, MO, closely mimic natural teeth in appearance and function. The prosthetic teeth attached to the implants are custom-made to blend seamlessly with the patient's smile, providing a natural and aesthetically pleasing result. Implants also restore the ability to chew, bite, and speak confidently, just like natural teeth.

Durability and Longevity

Dental implants are renowned for their durability and long-term success. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime. Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, which may need frequent adjustments or replacements, dental implants offer a permanent and cost-effective solution.

Preservation of Bone and Facial Structure

When a tooth is lost, the surrounding jawbone begins to deteriorate. Dental implants, however, prevent bone loss by stimulating the jawbone through chewing and biting. This preservation of bone and facial structure maintains a more youthful appearance and supports overall oral health.

Enhanced Confidence

Missing teeth can impact self-esteem and confidence. Dental implants offer a restored smile that looks and feels natural, contributing to a boost in self-assurance and overall quality of life.

If you're considering dental implants as a solution for missing teeth or other dental concerns, visit LICATA DENTAL: FAYE LICATA, DMD, FAGD at 111 Hilltown Village Center, Suite 200, Chesterfield, MO 63017 or call (636) 532-2101 to schedule a consultation.

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