Substituting the natural presentation and utility of a missing tooth (or teeth) is a tough job and, while there isn’t anything that can actually substitute for your real tooth, an implant is the most similar man-made answer from today’s dentistry. Dental implants are an important and flexible part of today’s dental treatment plans. Dental implants can be used to take the place of one tooth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth. They can be used to anchor porcelain crowns, porcelain bridges or non-slip dentures.
Who Might Need Dental Implants?
Every now and then, we see a pre-teen who has wide gaps on each side of their smile where their eye teeth are supposed to be. To Dr. Busch and Dr. VanYperen, it’s a dental situation, but to that kid who is about to be moving into high school or maybe leaving for college, it’s more importantly a social problem.
Just twenty years ago, many doctors ignored the situation which not only caused the teen untold social embarrassment but also left them with a mismatched bite and the potential for a life of headaches and nighttime bruxism (grinding of their teeth). At North Kansas City Dental, we can open up the spaces even further and then place dental implants so the smile is not only beautiful, the function of the teeth works perfectly.
Athletes Both Young And Old
Often, a student falls victim to an accident or injury while playing a sport and are suddenly without one or more of their teeth. Of course, the wise move to make when that occurs is to find the tooth, put the tooth under the athlete’s tongue if it’s been cracked off, and find the nearest on-call emergency dentist. Because the game may seem more important, the dentist often isn’t consulted until the next day.
People With Loose Dentures Or Partials
Patients who are edentulous (all of their teeth are missing) and who have dentures and are unable to chew, turn to North Kansas City Dental for answers. These patients are unable to enjoy the foods that they used to like.
But then, by using two or three implants in the jaw bone that anchor their dentures in place, they feel like they have all their natural teeth once more. Implants are solid, natural looking and are very strong. Patients who get dental implants can smile, laugh and eat and have no anxiety that their denture may move around or make noticeable noises or that their bridge will trap food.