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Dental Implants –Arnold, MO

The Dental Investment of A Lifetime

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Do you need to have a tooth removed, or are you already missing teeth? If so, replacing your them promptly will be essential to maintaining your oral health and function. The longer you leave the gaps in your smile unfilled, the higher the risks that your remaining teeth will move, your bite will shift, you’ll develop more oral health problems, and you’ll eventually lose even more teeth. Dr. Laura Mears is ready to help restore your oral health and repair your smile using the most advanced restorative procedure available, dental implants! She has pursued advanced training in implants and is more than happy to walk you through the process so you feel comfortable investing in the best solution for your missing teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Animation of implant supported dental crown

At JL Dental, we understand the dangers of allowing your missing teeth to go untreated, and one of the best options for tooth replacement offered by our practice is dental implants. As their name implies, dental implants are placed into the jawbone to provide a variety of benefits that no other restorative option is able to. Some of these advantages include:

  • Restored bite strength.
  • Added durability.
  • Natural appearance.
  • Long-lasting.
  • Comfortable and natural feel.

Many people don’t realize that tooth loss leads to bone loss because, without roots, the jawbone begins to naturally deteriorate. But when you replace those missing roots with titanium dental implants, you can halt the damaging process and hang on to your youthful facial shape.

Indications for Dental Implants

Animation of implant supported fixed bridge

Dental implants are a versatile option for tooth replacement. If you’re missing a single tooth, one dental implant and crown can offer relief. If you’re missing several teeth, we can anchor a bridge with dental implants, and patients unhappy with their dentures can opt for implant-supported dentures, too. To learn how they can help your smile, contact us today.

Missing Single Tooth

An implant-retained dental crown can replace the entire structure of a single missing tooth without having to alter any of your surrounding teeth. The custom-crafted crown will be placed atop a titanium post to provide stunning aesthetic results that look and feel completely natural.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, an implant-retained bridge offers added stability and security. With a traditional bridge, your existing surrounding teeth need to be reshaped to act as anchors for the prosthetic. With dental implants, your natural teeth will stay unaltered, allowing you to preserve them as-is.

Missing All Teeth

Implant-retained dentures offer better stability and security compared to traditional removable dentures. Prosthetic teeth that are held in place with dental implants do not slip or slide around like those that simply rest on your gums. Plus, there’s no need for a messy denture adhesive or cream. Implant-retained dentures also need to be replaced far less often than a traditional set, as the jawbone stays healthier and retains its full, youthful shape.

Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment

Model of implant retained denture

We place and restore dental implants, which means you won’t have to shuffle between multiple oral health professionals to have the entire process completed. The titanium screws that we place in your jawbone will be topped off with beautiful porcelain crowns, which will fill in the gaps left by lost teeth and help you regain your beautiful smile. No other form of tooth replacement involves replacing the roots, which is what sets dental implants apart from fixed bridges and dentures. To learn what your unique treatment plan will look like, schedule a consultation today!

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of each patient’s dental implant procedure varies drastically. There are countless factors that play into this, including how many teeth you need to have replaced, what restoration you’re getting, and whether you need any preparatory procedures like a bone graft. Because each patient’s situation is so unique, there’s no standard or default price. The best way to learn about the cost of your procedure is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Laura Mears. She’ll walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.