If you’re planning to have a tooth extracted or replace missing teeth, be sure to explore the option of dental implants in Springfield! Today’s implants are more closely designed to look like natural teeth than any other type of tooth replacement. As non-invasive structures, they help preserve your surrounding teeth and eliminate treatments you don’t need (like placing crowns on teeth to support a traditional bridge.)
Types of Implant Restorations
Dental implants are biocompatible “roots” that are set inside of your bone, supporting a fixed restoration on top. Depending on how many teeth you have missing, Dr. Syed may recommend one of the following:
Implant Crown — For a single tooth replacement, Dr. Syed will have a porcelain crown made to attach on top of your dental implant.
Implant Bridge — Two implants support a multi-tooth bridge, replacing up to four or more teeth at a time.
Overdenture — A traditional denture that snaps in and out of place on top of 2-4 implants.
Retained Hybrid Prosthesis — Hybrid prosthetics are permanently attached to 4-6 implants, following the natural contour of your smile. They replace all of your teeth in that arch.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Since your bone doesn’t have pain receptors, getting dental implants is a fairly comfortable procedure. We’ll use local anesthetic to numb the tissues where your implant is being installed, but most people say it’s easier than having a tooth removed.
Implant Care and Maintenance
Although implants have an extremely high success rate, the leading cause of failure is peri-implantitis, which is a form of gum disease. To prevent this infection, it’s vital to floss around your implants daily and brush the gumlines, where plaque tends to accumulate the most.
“Are Implants Right for Me?”
Call our Springfield implant dentist today to request an exam and implant consultation.