Dental implants can literally turn back “the hands of time” by replacing natural teeth without asking other teeth to share the load of the missing teeth!
While our dental practice strives to prevent decay and disease by addressing systemic health beforehand, we also believe that replacing your missing teeth to restore your quality of life is equally important. Among our health-focused dental services, Moorkamp & Arthur Family Dentistry offers dental implant services in our Rolla office. Dental implants can restore your ability to chew well, enjoy any meal you want, prevent teeth shifting and long term bite problems, while also improving the physical appearance of your smile.
With removable dentures, you chew only 10 percent as well as with natural teeth. In contrast, dental implants restore 90 percent – or almost all – of your chewing efficiency. With more than 40 years of clinical research and FDA clearance since 1982, dental implants have an overall success rate of 95%. Because of their high success rate and aesthetically pleasing appearance, dental implants are considered one of the best solutions for replacing missing teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental implants are a very common treatment, but they are considered a surgical procedure. For this reason, many patients come to us with questions about dental implants. This is understandable and something that we highly encourage. We want you to feel empowered with information so that when it comes to your dental health, you can make the choice that you feel is best for you. Here, we’ve addressed a few of the questions we commonly receive:
What are dental implants?
The dental implant is a small titanium post that serves as the root of a missing tooth. A new tooth (crown) is then attached to the top of that post, creating a polished look. Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants replace missing teeth, whether these teeth have been missing since birth or lost due to gum disease, infection, trauma, or decay.
How many of my teeth can dental implants replace?
Dental implants can replace one tooth, or many. In fact, dental implants can restore an entire set of teeth and can be an excellent alternative to dentures or bridgework. Dental implants can also be used to anchor existing or future removable dentures.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are strong, stable, durable and very natural-looking – the next best thing to your natural teeth. Because of these benefits, dental implants can be a welcome alternative to dentures or bridgework, both of which have drawbacks. Fixed bridges can damage healthy teeth and on average need to be replaced every 10 years. Dentures can slip, make embarrassing clicking noises, and contribute to bone loss.
I’ve heard that dental implants are expensive. Are they worth it?
Actually, dental implants can provide the best value your money can buy, considering the long-term benefits and, most importantly, your quality of life. Not only can implants last a lifetime if properly placed and maintained, but they also look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. With dental implants, you can get back to truly enjoying any meal you want. You can also put an end to the embarrassment and discomfort of dentures, while regaining the time you previously spent worrying about them. A typical single missing tooth situation, previously replaced by a three tooth bridge, can now be replaced with a single implant and crown for about the same fee while leaving the adjacent teeth intact.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have missing teeth and are considering dental implants, we encourage you to contact our Rolla office. When you choose Moorkamp & Arthur Family Dentistry, your dental and systemic wellness are in good hands. Set up a consultation regarding dental implants with our Rolla, Missouri office today and take the first step toward a happier, healthier life.