Clayton Oral Surgery & St. Charles Oral Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

St. Louis, MO

314.862.0700, 866.798.9602

 

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For information on dental implants or to schedule a consultation call us in St. Louis, MO area, Clayton 314.862.0700 or St Charles 866.798.9602.

Dental Implants

Dr. Bedrock performs a wide range of dental implant procedures. His broad experience with dental implants enables him to select the proper technique to meet your specific needs. For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment in the St. Louis, MO area. In Clayton call 314.862.0700 or in St. Charles, call 866.798.9602.

Implant services include:

  • Endosteal Implants
  • Endosteal Sub Implants
  • Transmandibular Implants
  • Ridge
  • Sinus Bone
  • Soft Tissue

Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.

Dental Implant Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

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What are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Bedrock will uncover the implants and attach small posts which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.