If you lose one or more permanent teeth, you’re at a higher risk of gum disease, tooth loss, and bone deterioration. Fortunately, oral prosthetics like dental implants can preserve your oral health and smile. At his self-titled practice in Independence, Missouri, holistic dentist Jack E. Ferguson, DDS, and the team proudly offer metal-free, zirconia implants. To see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, call the office to make an appointment today.
Dental implants are a type of oral prosthetic that your dentist surgically places in the sockets of one or more missing teeth. Following surgery, your dentist sends you home to recover. During the recovery process, your bone tissue grows around the base of your implants, fusing them to your jawbone.
Although nothing can replace your natural, permanent teeth, dental implants come pretty close. They aren’t removable, last for decades, and restore your chewing and biting ability. In addition, you care for your dental implants like you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss, and visit the team at Jack E. Ferguson, DDS, LLC every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.
The team only uses metal-free zirconia implants. Zirconia is a type of ceramic that doesn’t corrode like traditional metal implants. Because zirconia implants are metal-free, anyone with missing teeth can restore their smile, including people who suffer from metal allergies.
Clinical research shows that zirconia implants improve the health of your gums. They’re also less likely to cause bleeding, inflammation, or other problems associated with traditional titanium implants.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, make an appointment with the team at Jack E. Ferguson, DDS, LLC. Following a discussion of your goals for treatment, review of your medical history, and an oral exam, the team makes recommendations for your individual situation. That said, if you have healthy gums and jawbone, you’re probably a candidate for dental implants.
Receiving dental implants usually takes between 6-12 months and requires a series of appointments. At your initial consultation, your dentist does an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots and jawbone. If you have plenty of bone and your gums are healthy, your dentist moves forward with treatment.
He administers a local anesthetic and carefully places your zirconia implants — one implant for each missing tooth — in the sockets of your teeth. After surgery, the team provides you with a list of recovery instructions and you go home for a period of 3-4 months, allowing your gums to heal.
After your mouth heals, you return to the office and the team takes impressions of your remaining teeth. Your dentist sends these impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures the crowns that attach to your implants. A few weeks later, you return to the office once again, and your dentist attaches your false teeth to the top of your implants, restoring your smile to its healthy, vibrant condition.
If you’re interested in learning more about zirconia dental implants, call the office of Jack E. Ferguson, DDS, LLC today. Dr. Ferguson serves those in Kansas City and all of Jackson County, MO.