Dental Implants Specialist

Legacy Dental Care

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentist located in Ballwin, MO

An attractive smile can help you approach life with confidence and see yourself in a different light. Legacy Dental Care’s dentists and licensed denturists create dental implants for patients of all ages. Located in Ballwin, Missouri, Legacy Dental Care’s exceptional team can replace severely damaged or missing teeth so you can enjoy your best smile. To learn more, call for a consultation or book your appointment online.

Dental Implants Q&A

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What do dental implants do?

Many adults find that having dental implants is almost like having natural teeth. When you lose your teeth as a result of a traumatic injury, decay, or an illness, it can hurt your self-esteem. Dental implants help you bite, chew, and smile with confidence. They're sturdy, stable teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

A dental implant is a metal post, often made out of titanium, that a dentist surgically implants into your upper or lower jawbone. This screw-like post is like the root of your new tooth. Once the post has been installed and your mouth has fully healed, a process that generally takes a few weeks, the dentist will mount a custom-made crown (replacement tooth) onto the metal post. Since the dental implants fuse directly to your jawbone, they're strong and stable. They won't shift around uncomfortably in your mouth like some dentures.

These metal posts also work to help dentures, crowns, and bridges stay firmly affixed to your jaw.

Why do some patients love dental implants?

There are many benefits to dental implants. In addition to looking, feeling, and functioning like your natural teeth, dental implants provide the following benefits:

  • Last longer than other restorative procedures
  • Offer an economical solution to replacing missing teeth
  • Help maintain your natural face shape and restore your smile
  • Protect your healthy jawbone
  • Help keep your surrounding natural teeth healthy
  • Help you talk casually and without worry
  • Don't fall out or move around in your mouth
  • Enhance your ability to chew your favorite foods without pain
  • Aren't wide open to cavities with an implanted crown
  • Offer a time-tested, predictable result for tooth repair

Who are candidates for dental implants?

Whether you're missing one tooth or multiple teeth, you may be an excellent dental implant candidate. Good candidates have healthy gums, and their jaws are finished growing. Dental implants are not for children but are an excellent solution for adults.

You may also be a prime candidate for implants if you're tired of having dentures that won't stay in place, or if you're ready to replace a bridge or partial dentures. Women or men in search of a more permanent, long-lasting solution to dental work tend to be great candidates for dental implants. Meet with your dentist to learn more about your options for missing teeth and to see if implant treatment is the best solution for you.

Schedule your consultation online or call Legacy Dental Care today. A confident new smile could be just around the corner for you.