DENTAL IMPLANTS
Innovative Solutions for Your Smile

Dental implants are natural-looking, beautiful options to replace missing teeth.

They say you don't appreciate what you have until it's gone, which is why so many are seeking dental implants in Sedalia, MO.

Dental plants give you your confidence back, and they also improve your overall oral health and physical wellness.

The way you look is important, of course, but speaking and eating are part of your day-to-day life, too. Dietary selection contributes to your physical health.

Tooth loss used to mean a dental bridge or denture, but we are pleased that modern dentistry has provided another option-dental implants.

Dental implants in Sedalia, MO are the answer you've been looking for-a permanent solution to tooth loss that gives you back your smile and your wellness.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants or are ready to schedule an appointment to discuss your options, contact Tiger Family Dental today at (660) 827-2405. Our top Sedalia, MO dentist can examine your teeth and gums to determine whether dental implants are the best solution for your tooth loss.

Also, check out some of our most frequently asked dental implant questions below to learn more about the process and our philosophies.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
What is the process for dental implant placement?
Is dental implant placement painful?
What are the health and beauty benefits of dental implants?
If I have full tooth loss, how will dental implants help?
How do I take care of my new dental implant?

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Dr. Ehlers will determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. We do this using 3-D imaging that provides information about your bone density, sinus location, and the ideal placement for your dental implant.

During this consultation, you discuss your smile goals and are encouraged to ask questions and share concerns with our dentist. You should also share any relevant health information outside of your oral health history.

Dr. Ehlers wants to help you achieve the smile you deserve, which is why the planning is so important. At Tiger Family Dental, we want you to love your new smile.

What is the process for dental implant placement?

When you come in for your dental implant procedure, Dr. Ehlers will make sure you are completely comfortable. Dental implant placement is a precise surgery, but one that our patients recover from quickly. Your mouth heals remarkably fast when you follow our after-care instructions.

The process starts with a thin titanium post implanted in your gum. This post will adhere to your jawbone over a period of months and become the foundation for an abutment and natural-looking restoration tooth.

At Tiger Family Dental, our patients expect the best and we deliver. Dr. Ehlers expertly places and restores dental implants here in our Sedalia, MO dental office.

Dental implants typically require a couple of months to heal. This process allows your dental implant post to fuse with your natural bone effectively. This process is what makes dental implants so much like natural teeth structures! A dental implant can become just as stable as a natural tooth, but it takes time.

Once you heal completely, Dr. Ehlers will place a permanent crown on your dental implant. Like our traditional dental crowns, each one is handcrafted to look just like your natural teeth. It will be the right size, shape, color, and shading to match your smile.

Is dental implant placement painful?

In our Sedalia, MO dental office, we rely on a topical anesthetic to get you started. This means your numbing agent injection will glide in comfortably and keep you at ease. In fact, we may have to tell you that it has gone in because you may not notice. Numbing the area before we go in offers ultimate ease when it comes to anxiety.

Not to mention that our Sedalia, MO dentist is the gentlest dentist around, and he will check in with you and not touch your mouth until he is sure that you're thoroughly numb. In some patients, numbing may take a bit longer. We would rather wait than cause you an undo sting.

We work hard to deliver anesthesia without pain, but we also pay attention to your aftercare. We want you to feel comfortable at home, too.

The good news is that dental implant post placement-because the posts are so thin-does not come with a long recovery time. Dental implant surgery recovery is equivalent to the recovery time felt in most other dental procedures, and over-the-counter medications seem to do the trick.

At Tiger Family Dental, we never want fear or anxiety to keep you from getting the dental work you need or the new smile that you desire. Ease of care is important to the entire staff at Tiger Family Dental.

What are the health and beauty benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants have a number of health and aesthetic benefits:

  • Dental implants look like your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants preserve bone density in your jaw, which shrinks without the stimulation of a natural tooth root or implant post. This loss of bone can create an aged appearance.
  • Dental implants keep your teeth from shifting toward empty sockets, which promotes wear and erosion and can lead to cavities and further tooth loss.
  • Dental implants allow you to brush and floss normally without fear of harming your restoration.
  • Dental implant posts are meant to last a long time with proper care and upkeep.
  • Dental implants widen your dietary selection and do not come with food restrictions.
Dental implants can also provide an anchor for your dentistry. Dentures and bridges can benefit from dental implants because they provide support, keep your dentistry from moving, and take the place of ill-fitting dentures.

If I have full tooth-loss, how will dental implants help?

Dental implant posts are sturdy enough that only a few posts can support an affixed denture. Dental implants can also act as anchors for a bridge.

If you have several missing teeth or full tooth loss, contact our dental office today to discuss your options with a member of our team.

How do I take care of my new dental implant?

Our top Sedalia, MO dentist wants your dental implants to last. This is why he provides the proper instructions for aftercare.

Dental implants have been around for decades and constantly improve. They are designed to mimic your natural teeth in both appearance and function-something other dental restorations cannot do to this degree.

Basically, you care for your dental implants like you would care for your natural teeth.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your dental implants:

  • Brush and floss your teeth, including your implant, at least twice per day.
  • Keep regular dental exams in our Sedalia, MO dental office.
  • Schedule and keep twice-yearly teeth cleaning appointments.
  • Don't bite into anything you shouldn't-that includes ice!
  • Eat a healthy diet and keep your gums healthy.
  • Never use your teeth to open a package or bottle-this goes for natural teeth, too!
  • Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth while sleeping.
If you take care of your dental implant, it can last for a decade or more! Some patients have dental implants that last a lifetime.

Dental implants cannot get cavities or infections, but no restoration will protect you from gum infections or gum disease. This is why following best practices provided by our dentist is so important. However, dental implants are so similar to natural teeth that you care for them in much the same way!

Contact Our Sedalia, MO Dentist Office

If you have a missing tooth and would like to learn more about the cost, benefits, and treatment with dental implants, just give us a call!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Dental implants seem painful. Do they hurt?
Dental Implants are Routine and Comfortable
One of the biggest misconceptions about dental implants is that they are an invasive, painful procedure...that's not the case at all! The placement of dental implants is a routine, comfortable experience that can be done with local anesthetic very much like a filling or crown. With any procedure at Tiger Family Dental, it is our priority to make it a comfortable, pain-free experience, and dental implants are no exception. Dental implant appointments are typically less than one hour in length, and minimal to no pain.

Minimal discomfort after the procedure is common, but over the counter anti-inflammatories (Ibuprofen, Aleve) will help with any discomfort that may occur. Resorbable sutures are commonly placed following implant placement, they will not require another appointment as they will fall out on their own in typically 2-5 days.

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Don't let the fear of pain keep you from achieving the smile you deserve! Schedule your free consult today to see if dental implants would be a good option for you!
I lost a tooth. Is it necessary to replace it? What will happen if I do nothing?
We Don't Take Extractions Lightly
We never take an extraction lightly because all your teeth play an important role in your oral health. Despite our best efforts, however, we may have to extract a tooth due to decay, fracture, periodontal disease, or trauma.

If you have had an extraction at another office but have not yet discussed a proper replacement option, we can help.

Replacing teeth is necessary to maintain adequate bone to support the jaws.

Without replacement, your adjacent teeth can tip into the gap in your smile, and your opposing teeth can grow down or up excessively without the tooth to oppose it. This process can expose the root of your tooth, which creates sensitivity and increases the risk of decay in your root. Eventually, it can lead to more tooth loss, perpetuating the cycle.

It is best to replace your tooth as soon as possible after an extraction, but even if it has been awhile, we can still help.

Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Implants can serve to replace your missing tooth and prevent the consequences of tooth loss, including the possibility of losing other teeth. Additionally, dental implants protect your bone density by mimicking your natural tooth. When tooth loss occurs, bone loss often follows. Dental implants stop this process and protect your oral health, the appearance of your smile, and your facial structure. Call today to schedule a consultation.
Will dental implants work if I have full tooth loss?
Living with full tooth loss can be devastating. Even with removable dentures, it is not quite the same as having your natural teeth. At Tiger Family Dental, we hold no judgments and sympathize with your situation.

The good news is that dental implants are a great solution to full tooth loss, and you don't even have to get a lot of implants!

What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small, titanium screw. Our top Sedalia, MO implant dentist implants this thin screw into your jaw, and it bonds with your jawbone after a few months. When bonding is complete, you are ready for a natural-looking restoration tooth.

In the event of full tooth loss, a few dental implant posts, usually about four, are strong enough to support an entire denture!

Because implant posts bond with your jawbone, they also support jawbone health-meaning your jawbone without tooth roots can diminish and leave you with a sunken appearance. Dental implant posts help combat this issue.

Also, with dental implant-supported dentures in Sedalia, MO, you don't have to worry about slippage or adhesives.

Contact Tiger Family Dental Today
If you would like an exam with our top cosmetic dentist in Sedalia, MO to learn whether dental implants are right for you, give us a call!