Restore Your Smile Permanently
Dental implants are life changing for patients with missing teeth. These long-lasting tooth replacements give you your smile and your confidence back. With implants, you can restore your smile permanently while protecting the health and strength of your jaw bone.
- Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants- Dental implants are the best way to replace one or more missing teeth. Compared to other treatments like dental bridges and partial or full-arch dentures, implants offer a longer lifespan, a more natural look and feel, and better overall results. At Williamson Dental, we offer high-quality dental implants in Festus and Columbia.
- Protect Your Jaw Bone- Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants actually support and strengthen your jaw, preventing bone resorption and deterioration.
- Stable, Strong Support- Dental implants will never shift or move while you smile, speak, chew or eat.
- Cost-Effective & Long-Lasting- Implants can last 30+ years with proper care, making them the best long-term solution for replacing your missing natural teeth.
refreshing a smile with new restorations
This patient is a great patient, but was unhappy with the difference in the shades and shape of his previous restorations. He was also unhappy with the uneven wear on his teeth. After developing a customized treatment plan, we utilized dental implants, composite bonding, and ceramic crowns to get this patient smiling and functioning at his finest.
Missing One Tooth?
Single-tooth implants consist of two parts: a dental implant and a dental crown. The implant itself is a small screw-shaped piece of titanium, which is surgically implanted into your gums and jaw bone. This implant functions as an artificial tooth root, providing a stable platform onto which your crown can be attached.
The dental crown is a tooth-shaped piece of porcelain, which is designed to attach permanently to the implant and replace your missing tooth. Dr. Williamson will work closely with a dental lab to create a custom-fitted crown that will look and feel completely natural.
Missing Multiple Teeth?
Unlike single-tooth implants, full-arch implants are used to completely replace the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth, as an alternative to dentures. Typically, a series of about 4-6 dental implants will be placed in each arch of your teeth.
Then, these implants will be used to support a set of false teeth. You can opt for a fixed, non removable bridge which is attached to your implants permanently, or an implant-supported denture. Implant-supported dentures are removable, just like traditional dentures, but they are held tightly in place by your implants. This prevents them from moving or shifting.
We offer Conus implant-supported dentures at Williamson Dental in Festus and Columbia, which combine the benefits of both fixed bridges and removable dentures.
Restore Your Bone Structure
Dental implants require you to have a relatively healthy and strong jaw bone. If your jaw bone has been weakened due to tooth loss or a health issue like osteoporosis, you may need to have a bone graft.
This is a procedure where bone is taken from another source and implanted into your jaw bone. The bone heals around the graft, strengthening the area and preparing it for the placement of an implant. Our doctors perform some bone grafting treatments at our office, but we may refer our patients to an oral surgeon for bone grafting in some cases.
Does it hurt
To get dental implants?
Dental implant surgery does not hurt. During the process, Dr. Nathan Williamson will use numbing spray and numbing injections to completely numb the nerves during your treatment site, preventing any pain or discomfort.
In addition to this, we offer sedation options that will keep you comfortable throughout your entire treatment. Contact us now to discuss your options for sedation in Festus, and make sure you stay comfortable during dental implant surgery.
However, as your numbing and sedation wear off after your treatment, you may begin to experience some pain and discomfort near your surgical site. This is normal and to be expected, since the surgery involves making an incision into your gums and jaw bone.
Dr. Williamson will provide you with instructions on how to manage symptoms like pain, swelling, discomfort, and bruising. These issues usually peak and begin to fade within 24-72 hours of surgery. Make sure to follow all of the instructions you’re provided to ensure your mouth heals properly and you recover quickly from your dental implant surgery.
do dental implants last?
Scientific studies have shown that about 90% of dental implants are intact and in good shape after 30 years, and most patients can expect to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. Because of this, they are widely considered to be the best way to restore missing teeth.
However, to keep your dental implants in good condition, you must continue to maintain good oral health and hygiene. Brush and floss to prevent cavities and gum disease, eat a healthy diet, and see Dr. Williamson for a consultation every six months.
A dental implant restoration?
A dental implant “restoration” is the prosthetic that’s used alongside one or more dental implants to restore your natural tooth or teeth. Depending on the type of dental implants you get, a variety of different restorations are available.
The most common type of dental implant restoration is a dental crown. Crowns are built from porcelain, and they bond or screw onto the dental implant to restore one missing tooth. Multiple single-tooth implants can be used to restore several missing teeth throughout your mouth.
Implant-supported bridges serve a similar purpose, but are a bit different. Like a traditional dental bridge, this prosthetic can restore one or more teeth. But instead of using crowns to anchor the bridge to two healthy teeth, two dental implants are used to support the bridge. This treatment is ideal if you are missing 2-3 or more adjacent teeth, and would like to avoid having healthy teeth trimmed for a traditional dental bridge.
Another type of dental implant restoration is implant-supported dentures. These are similar to traditional dentures, and are used to restore a full arch of upper or lower teeth. However, while standard dentures are built to fit over your gums and are held in place by friction alone, implant-supported dentures attach firmly to a series of 4-6 implants in your mouth. This means they don’t shift or move, and they look and feel more natural compared to standard dentures.