Tooth Implants in Maryland Heights
Dental implants are the best replacement for a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. They have the benefit of not shaving down teeth right next to the missing tooth. Dental implants feel and look as if you were never missing a tooth!
Dental Implant Process
The first step is to have a consultation with Dr. Birk to plan the dental implant. This includes taking a 3D X-Ray (CBCT) to evaluate the bone quality and quantity. During the planning period, if there is not enough bone to allow an implant to be placed there may be other required procedures which could include bone grafting or a sinus lift.
A dental implant is an artificial root of a tooth that placed and bone heals around the placement (osteointegration). Healing of the bone usually takes 3-4 months. During that time, there will be a temporary placed to mimic what the tooth will look like when fully restored. After the 3-4 months of health, we check for osteointegration and then place an abutment to take an impression. About two weeks after that we place the final restoration including the crown.
Call today for an implant consultation with Dr. Birk at Westport Dental at (314) 434-7300.
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