Dental Implant FAQ Leawood, KS

Dental implant frequently asked questions

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Dr. Philip Gordon takes a unique approach to placing and restoring your missing teeth with dental implants. We focus on both the surgical placement of the implant post and the cosmetic appearance after it is restored with a dental crown, bridge or denture. When both steps of the implant process are done in the same place and by the same doctor, you benefit from a gorgeous, healthy smile that can last you for years to come. We understand that many patients have questions or concerns about the dental implant process. Dr. Gordon has created a dental implant FAQ for Leawood, KS, patients and those in the surrounding area, to help alleviate any concerns and answer your more pressing questions. If you have further questions that were not covered in this dental implant FAQ, feel free to contact our office and our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.

Frequently asked questions:

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that mimic the look, feel and function of your natural teeth. Implants can restore 99% of function, allowing you to eat anything you want while looking completely natural and beautiful. With proper oral care and routine dental hygiene appointments, you can expect your implants to last the rest of your life.

Dental implants placed by our doctor have a 95% success rate. With proper care of the implant and your oral health, they can successfully last your lifetime.

The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient depending on their needs. During your consultation we will take into consideration the number of teeth that need to be replaced, how much bone is available or if we will need to perform a bone graft or sinus lift prior to surgery, any tooth extractions, and if any infection is present.

It is possible to replace single missing teeth, multiple missing teeth and even a full mouth lacking teeth. Multiple teeth in an area that are missing can be restored with an implant supported bridge, so you don’t need an individual dental implant for each missing tooth. For full-arch tooth loss we can place as little as two implants that support an entire denture or bridge, giving you a secure fit.

Yes! We are a full-service dental implant office. Dr. Gordon puts a heavy emphasis on cosmetic dentistry and can create a unique, beautiful dental crown to restore your dental implant. We always start with the end in mind (what your tooth will look like), so we ensure proper space is allowed for your tooth and it blends in seamlessly with your smile.

If you have one, many or a full arch of missing teeth you are likely a candidate for dental implants. You should be in good overall health and be free of any gum disease or infection. You may require bone grafting treatment to ensure proper security of your implant prior to surgery.

Even if you have been told you don’t have enough bone to support dental implants, you may still be a candidate. Through bone grafting or sinus lift procedures we can rebuild bone in your jaw so you can get any number of implants placed.

This is a common misconception we often hear. Having dental implants placed is generally not painful and actually feels similar to having a tooth pulled. In fact, many of our patients say they hardly felt anything at all! With sedation, this is commonly reported to feel like a dull pressure at the site of implant surgery.

Using 3D technology, we first take detailed images of your mouth which tells us exactly where the nerves are located and where the best possible location to place your implant(s) is. With this information we then create a computer guide and use it during surgery to precisely place your implant(s) in the jaw bone for the best results. Once healed, your dental implant will be restored with a lifelike and durable crown to blend into your smile.

In most cases we can remove a tooth, or multiple teeth, and place a dental implant the same day.

When placing dental implants, we are particular when it comes to placing them under the right conditions and in the precise location. We see very little complications after implants are placed by us. If you experience any complications such as pain, bleeding or you can see any part of the implant below the gumline, you may require simple treatment for infection or may need to have the implant replaced. We can evaluate dental implants placed by other doctors as well.

When placed by an experienced dentist and cared for properly, dental implants can last your lifetime. The crown or restoration piece may need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear, but the titanium screw should last many years.

Your dental implants can be cleaned like your normal teeth. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing daily, and maintaining regular cleanings with your general dentist.

Have more questions? Schedule a dental implant consultation to get your answers!