Facing tooth loss can be challenging, from the impact that it has on the appearance of your smile and how you chew and speak to making a decision about how to replace missing teeth. At Crestwood Dental Group in St. Louis, MO
, we offer patients a variety of tooth replacement options to restore the function and appearance of your smile, including dental implants
Dental implants explained
Dental implants are often called the “gold standard” in tooth replacement, and for good reason. They offer unparalleled stability and function without compromising the health of your surrounding teeth, and are great for your overall oral health too. A dental implant is similar in size and appearance to a small screw and is typically made from titanium, though zirconia implants are also becoming common. The oral surgeon surgically places the implant in your jawbone, and as it heals, the implant and bone actually fuse together to form a sturdy foundation for your new tooth. There are several ways that implants can be used:
- Single tooth implants are used to replace one missing tooth
- Full mouth dental implants replace an entire arch (or both arches) of teeth
- Implant-supported dentures, or “all-on-4” dentures is permanently supported by a few strategically placed dental implants for more stability than traditional dentures
- Implant-supported bridges consist of one or more false teeth in a row that are affixed in your mouth with implants, rather than crowns on the adjacent teeth that a typical bridge has
Cost of dental implants
If you are looking for options to replace a missing tooth, cheap materials and methods will simply not provide you with long-lasting, natural-looking results. At Crestwood Dental Group, we strive to make our care affordable while using high-quality materials and our years of expertise. While dental implants do take time and are more costly than some other tooth replacement options, patients find the end results worth the wait and expense.We are also experienced in restoring dental implants when the need arises.
To learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, call Crestwood Dental Group at (314) 463-5655
today! Our office serves the greater St. Louis area, including the Crestwood, Kirkwood, Webster Groves, and Affton communities.