Dental Implant Questions
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is implanted directly into your jaw bone and capped with an abutment and a porcelain crown to replace a lost tooth.
What are the benefits of implant dentistry over another type of tooth replacement?
The other type of permanent tooth replacement is called a dental bridge and relies on the surrounding teeth to support the false tooth by attaching it to tooth crowns. Because dental bridges use one or more crowns to support the false teeth, a portion of the adjacent teeth must be removed to place the crown, even if the adjacent teeth are healthy.
Implant dentistry does not require support from any surrounding teeth, so does not require the removal of any healthy tooth tissue. In addition, a dental implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, making it more attractive than a dental bridge and requiring less care than dentures or partial dentures which must be removed from your mouth to be cleaned.
Are there different types of dental implants?
There are several types of dental implants. Dr. Quigless will determine which type of dental implant is best for you before your procedure begins. Some dental implants require more extensive surgery than others, but one type of dental implant called a mini dental implant can be placed more easily in a relatively short period of time.
Who can make dental implants?
The titanium portion of a dental implant is manufactured, but the adjoining porcelain tooth crown may be made in a dental office using a CEREC dental restoration sculpting machine or in a dental lab from an impression of your mouth. The most natural looking crowns are made by cosmetic dentists or dental labs that cater to cosmetic dentists.
How long does implant dentistry take?
A traditional dental implant can be placed in a single appointment, however, depending on the type of dental implant you may need two appointments, one to take impressions of your mouth from which a tooth crown and, if necessary, special dental implant can be made, and one to place the crown and implant once they are ready.
Typically, your jaw bone tissue requires approximately three months to grow around the dental implant and make it secure before a tooth crown can be placed on it, however mini dental implants and other types of dental implants may not require this long before the crown can be placed. Your dental implant consultation with Dr. Quigless will determine the appropriate type of dental implant for you and, based on that, Dr. Quigless can let you know a more exact amount of time necessary for your implant dentistry procedure to be completed.
If you are in Saint Louis or the surrounding areas of Belleville or Brentwood, Missouri, and are missing a tooth, please contact implant dentist Dr. Kirk Quigless today to learn more about how to restore your smile.
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144