If you have suffered tooth loss—whether you have lost a single tooth
or need a full mouth restoration—Dr. Spalitto and his team at West
County Dental are here to help you explore your treatment options. Dental
implants are one way people are reclaiming their beautiful smiles after
losing teeth. If you are considering
dental implants in St. Louis, here is a look at two possible approaches to the procedure.
3-Stage Dental Implants
With three-stage dental implants, your dentist first places a post into
your jaw that will act as support for your implant and mimic a natural
tooth root. After the post is placed, it is allowed to fuse with your
bone in a process called osseointegration. This ensures that the implant
is stable and acts like a natural tooth. After osseointegration is complete,
your dentist will expose the post through a small incision in your gums
and attach an abutment, which will serve as a bridge between the crown
and the post of your implant. In some cases, a crown is attached to the
abutment at this time. In other cases, your gum tissue is allowed to heal
around the abutment before a crown is attached. The entire procedure takes
three to six months.
1-Stage Dental Implants
For some patients, it is possible to get dental implants in one day. Using
keyhole surgery, your dentist can place the entire implant and crown in
one procedure. Because the implant is placed using keyhole surgery, there
is less disruption of the soft tissue, which can decrease the healing
time and any post-procedure discomfort. One-stage implants are not right
for every patient. Dr. Spalitto will determine which approach is right
for you based on a number of factors, including the health of your jaw,
your preferences, and how many teeth you are having replaced.
To find out if dental implants are right for you, call West County Dental
at (314) 821-2712 to schedule a consultation. In addition to dental implants,
our family dentistry practice offers a range of services, from tooth extraction
to treatment for gum disease.