St. Louis Dental Implants by Dr. Thomas E. O'Connor
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are permanently placed to function and look just like natural teeth. For many patients in St. Louis, dental implants are the ideal alternative to dentures, as they help maintain healthy jaw bone density while enhancing appearance and bite functionality. Dr. Thomas E. O'Connor has more than 25 years of experience performing dental implant procedures and can help you get the benefits of this advanced solution for tooth loss. He has the option of using either traditional or mini dental implants, depending on what is right for you.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
During dental implant placement, a durable titanium screw is surgically inserted into the jaw and a porcelain crown is then attached to the screw. In the weeks and months following the procedure, the jawbone grows around the screw, a process called osseointegration, anchoring it in place permanently. Teeth are replaced individually, making dental implants a possible treatment for single tooth loss or for widespread tooth loss.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
When compared to dentures, dental implants offer many advantages for St. Louis patients seeking durable teeth replacements.
• With dental implants, the jawbone is preserved and less likely to deteriorate.
• Implants can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth, making them easier to care for than dentures. You can eat all of the foods that you love after you have healed from the procedure.
• Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants do not cause damage or other alterations to existing tooth structures and gum tissue.
When dental implants are placed by an experienced implant dentist like Dr. O'Connor, you will be able to get the completely natural tooth restorations you need to restore your bite function and the aesthetics of your smile. Because implants are such a seamless treatment option, no one will be able to tell that the crowns are not your natural teeth.
What Happens During a Dental Implant Procedure?
At our dental office in St. Louis, placement of dental implants is completed while patients are awake, but under local anesthetic and conscious sedation. While you will remain conscious, you will be unable to recall your treatment time, and you will not feel discomfort. The entire procedure usually takes only 1 hour. The implants will be designed and placed using cutting edge three-dimensional imaging technology to ensure best results.
Will I Have to Miss a Lot of Work to Get Dental Implants?
Many patients can go back to work the same day as their dental implant placement appointment. Even the most complicated implant procedures still require very little downtime. Generally speaking, one or two days off of work are the maximum amount of downtime following a dental implant procedure from our St. Louis dental office.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If you have missing teeth or have teeth that are diseased and in need of extraction, dental implants could be beneficial for you; however, the only way to know for sure if implants are the right fit for your needs is to have a consultation with a St. Louis implant dentist like Dr. O'Connor.
Contact our office to schedule an appointment for your dental implant consultation.