While there are multiple solutions to replace the visible portions of teeth, only one treatment effectively replaces the entire structure of your teeth: dental implants in Springfield, MO. This procedure is designed to replace the root structure as well as the crown portion that’s visible in your smile. With Dr. Eric Tolliver’s expertise, you can have the entire treatment performed in-house. Thanks to the comprehensive nature of dental implants, you can easily replace both single teeth and all the teeth in your smile. Call our dental office today to schedule your very first consultation!
When you replace the root structure of your dental implant and not just the crown, you’re able to restore many of your mouth’s most common functions. For example, once the titanium post that makes up your replacement root is integrated with your bone tissue, you can expect your biting force to be fully recovered. This new integration is exactly why you’ll be able to eat the foods you want, even if they are tough or chewy. Only dental implants give you the ability to eat steak, apples, nuts, and other foods confidently.
Additionally, dental implants offer true long-term success that you won’t get from other methods of tooth replacement. With proper care, you can expect your dental implants to last at least 25 years without concern. In most cases, they last the rest of the patient’s life. If you want the most natural-looking solution for tooth loss, no other procedure comes close!
If you are missing single, multiple, or all the teeth in your smile, you’ll find dental implants to be an incredibly effective solution. Learn how we can restore your smile to the fullest with the following treatments!
Replacing a single tooth requires one titanium post, an abutment, and a porcelain crown that’s affixed on top. The implant post is placed directly into the jaw and designed to integrate with your bone and gum tissue. Once it’s healed, an abutment is placed on top, which acts as a connector for your eventual porcelain crown.
To replace multiple missing teeth, a pair of dental implants can be placed to hold a larger bridge. Instead of relying on neighboring teeth to keep the restoration in place, the implants do all of the heavy lifting. This means you can maintain more of your natural tooth enamel and replace multiple consecutive teeth at the same time.
If you have missing teeth on opposite sides of your mouth or you’ve lost all the teeth in a given arch, dental implants can be customized to fit with full dentures. With four to six implants, you can create a foundation for your permanent restoration and save on treatment costs in the process.
With the All-on-4 dental implant treatment, you can restore all the teeth in a given arch with just four implants! Each implant is placed strategically throughout the mouth in order to maximize the amount of bone available in the jaw. This allows us to place your implants and your permanent restoration on the same day!
In most cases, dentists who offer dental implants will partner with a separate oral surgeon to perform the surgical portion of treatment. Instead of asking you to visit another dental office entirely, Dr. Tolliver is happy to say that he can perform every step of your implant treatment in-house for your convenience. Not only does this mean you won’t have to spend more time traveling, but your needs will be more effectively met since there’s no risk for miscommunication between multiple doctors.
Since your implant treatment can be highly customized, it’s important to keep in mind that your dental implant treatment will vary in cost depending on your specific needs. For example, if you need to have a bone graft performed to expand the amount of bone tissue that’s present in your jaw, that will certainly prolong treatment length and total costs. Additionally, the number of implants you have placed and the type of restoration used to cover the implants will ultimately affect your final cost.
Even if dental implants seem expensive upfront, it’s worth noting that they are often considered the most cost-effective tooth replacement solution because of their durability and longevity. You won’t need to have them regularly repaired or replaced like dentures and bridges, and you can expect your smile to look more natural than any other treatment following your completion.
Dental implants in Springfield are an excellent solution to permanently replace missing teeth. Although you’re excited to enjoy their benefits for yourself, you probably have a few questions about the road ahead. There’s no need to worry. We’ll take the time to explain the process and address any concerns during your initial consultation. While you wait, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions Dr. Tolliver is asked about the procedure.
If you have lost teeth from gum disease, you’re not alone. Although the infection is preventable, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss. Unfortunately, you won’t be a candidate for dental implants if you have gum disease, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become one. Periodontal therapy will treat the infection to create the healthy foundation you need for dental implants to thrive.
Many patients who are interested in dental implants will need bone grafting to become a candidate for the treatment, but it isn’t always necessary. If you’ve lost density in your jaw, you’ll need the additional procedure to add bone to areas that are weak. Although this creates an extra step in your treatment plan, it’s time well-spent to ensure your jaw can support the posts long-term.
Dental implants are the most reliable option to treat tooth loss. In fact, they have over a 95% success rate to last for decades. Although it’s rare, they can fail, but the risk is generally less than 5%. Most often it’s caused by an infection called peri-implantitis. You can significantly lower the likeliness for the infection by maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist in Springfield regularly for a cleaning and checkup.
Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort during your implant placement surgery, so you won’t feel any pain. It’s normal for there to be some discomfort while you heal, but it will gradually improve each day until it subsides.
If any pain develops after you’ve healed, it is often an indicator of implant failure. It’s best to contact your dentist right away to get to the root cause of the pain. You’ll also want to see your dentist right away if you develop any other concerning symptoms, like the implant feeling loose. Quick action can prevent complete dental implant failure.
Every policy differs, but most plans offer some coverage for dental implants after paying your annual deductible. Although your policy won’t cover the entire amount, it can lower the cost of certain steps in your treatment, like the X-rays or restorations. We will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary claims and forms, so you have one less thing to worry about. We’ll explain how your benefits are being used and your payment options for any remaining balance, like using third-party financing.