Implants? Crowns? Veneers? Invisible braces? As dental technology and services have expanded in the Chesterfield area, so has the vocabulary. Dentistry has advanced to provide many new solutions that address almost every possible dental trouble.
Dr. Martin Buchheit, considered one of the best dentists in Missouri, has expertise with cosmetic and prime restorative care.
In the past, if a patient in Chesterfield had a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth, Missouri dentists regularly suggested dental bridges or dentures, because they were the best options at the time. These days, cutting-edge dental implants have proven to be superior to dental bridges for most St. Louis patients. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for some patients.
A tooth implant provides many important advantages over a dental bridge or dentures:
Longevity – Dental implants are substantial and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic issues, these can typically be fixed with the implant crown.
Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is required.
Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.
Let’s explain the tooth implant method:
If you are interested in getting a tooth implant, call Chesterfield Smile Design at 314-576-0088 to schedule a tooth implant consultation. Dr. Buchheit practices in the greater St. Louis area from Chesterfield Smile Design in Chesterfield. Dr. Buchheit will carry out an exam, take x-rays and counsel with you. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, the process will begin.
Plaster dental impressions of both upper and lower plates will be taken. Dr. Buchheit will perfectly place the titanium implant, which looks like a dark screw, into the bone of your jaw. Over the next couple of months, the bone and implant will bond together to form a new root for your new tooth.
After the necessary time has passed for bonding of the bone and implant, an extension (called an abutment) is placed on top of the initial implant post. This post extension is then capped with a temporary tooth. Meanwhile, the team of professionals at our lab will shape your new, permanent crown.
Dr. Buchheit will then put the beautiful permanent crown on top of the full post. This tooth will match your other teeth to create a phenomenal new smile. You will find that the comfort is the same as your natural teeth, to the point that you may even forget which tooth is the implant. The upkeep is the same, with brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups necessary.
If you want to determine if a tooth implant is right for you or desire details about smile transformations, call Chesterfield Smile Design for more specifics. We look forward to meeting you!
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