Considering Dental Implants? Learn More About Tooth Replacement Treatment From Our O’Fallon Dentists

Written by Dr. Brace on Sep 13, 2022

While tooth loss can absolutely be devastating, emotionally and physically, for patients of all ages, it doesn’t need to stay that way. Our O’Fallon restorative dentists provide state-of-the-art treatments to rebuild and restore damaged smiles. The most innovative and effective option out there is the dental implant. Keep reading to learn more about dental implant technologies and treatments!

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a replacement tooth that is designed to mimic the structure of a natural tooth. Dental implants are set apart from other restorative solutions in that they have titanium roots that extend into the patient’s jawbone and gum tissue. There are stand-alone dental implants that replace individual teeth, and mini implant roots that are used to anchor larger dental prostheses, like dentures.

How long does it take to complete implant treatment?

The answer to this question will depend on what specific type of treatment you choose. Mini dental implant treatment can often be completed quickly: in just a few dental appointments. Full-sized dental implants are finished in stages; once we insert your implant root, we’ll wait for the surrounding tissue to heal, and then cap it with a customized restoration.

How many implants do I need?

One of the great things about dental implant treatment is that it is completely customizable. Consequently, you can use a dental implant to replace a single tooth, and it will blend in seamlessly with your existing smile. Some patients also use dental implants and/or mini implant roots with prostheses to totally transform their smile. It will all depend on the health of your smile, and your desired aesthetic goals.

What is it like to live with implants?

Implants are truly designed to work with the patient’s existing life and mouth. You’ll be able to eat your favorite foods, drink your favorite beverages, and care for your smile normally. Once treatment is complete, you really won’t have to “baby” your implants at all; these restorations are low maintenance and intuitive to live with.

Tooth loss can absolutely derail your smile, but that doesn’t need to be the reality that you live with forever. Our O’Fallon dental implant dentists are here to answer all of the questions that you have about restorative and tooth replacement treatments. Give us a call or use the Contact Us page on our site to get started!