If you’re in the Overland Park, KS area, and you’re missing one or more teeth, you should consider getting dental implants from Blue Valley Smiles to replace them.
It’s hard to have a smile to be proud of, or to eat all the foods you love, with missing teeth. Even one missing tooth can change the way you chew, putting more stress on one side and potentially leading to excess wear on your tooth enamel, muscle imbalances, and headaches.
Tens of millions of adults in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth, and millions more have no teeth remaining. For those adults, and maybe for you, dental implants restore both the appearance and function of missing teeth.
All About Dental Implants
An adult tooth is firmly anchored to the underlying bone by a tooth root. With a dental implant, the “root” is a very strong screw that is usually made of titanium that’s inserted into the bone where a tooth is missing. The bone fuses to the implant and anchors it just as solidly as a natural tooth root.
An abutment – basically a connector – attaches to the implant, and the restoration (a single solid crown, a bridge, or even a full arch of dentures) attaches to the abutment. In the case of a bridge, more than one implant may be needed. For dentures, multiple implants are required.
The result is a replacement tooth or teeth that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth. And dental implants give you back up to 90 percent of your original chewing power – much better than the 25 percent chewing power you get from dentures. And implant-supported and implant-retained dentures absolutely will not slip.
Dental Implants From Blue Valley Smiles
Drs. Todd O’Neil and Meagan Rondeau have special expertise and a great deal of experience with dental implants. It’s important to choose a dentist with experience if you’re considering implants; while the large majority of people are candidates for implants, some people will need to have the underlying bone strengthened and/or different techniques used.
Placing the implants is done with effective local anesthesia; if you prefer, we can also provide dental sedation for a completely comfortable experience.
At Blue Valley Smiles, our doctors both place and provide the restorations for dental implants. Having everything done in our office saves you time, saves you travel, and guarantees the best result. In fact, we provide a 5-year guarantee for our implants; and with care, the implants themselves can last for the rest of your life. Restorations can wear over time and need to be replaced just like you can’t reasonably expect a dental crown to last forever.
Absolutely no dentist can determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants without doing a thorough examination first. If you’d like to explore implants to replace one or more missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Neil or Dr. Rondeau by calling Blue Valley Smiles in Overland Park, KS at 913-251-9449.