Family And Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. James L. Schmidt & Associates

Dental Implants

How much do you know about the amazing technology summed up with the term dental implants? If you are like many of our patients at James Schmidt, DDS in St. Louis, MO, you may know just a bit about them, but not how flexible and wonderful a solution they might provide. This is one of the many reasons our patients can find dental implants and other restorative dentistry services at our dental office.

A Bit About Dental Implants

To begin with, dental implants can be used in multiple ways. They can be single-tooth, but you may also have multi-tooth implants. This means you receive individual implants designed to replace a tooth, or two or more, lost to decay, disease, accident or aging. The implant is comprised of three components. There is the implant that is set into the jaw and gum. This features an abutment at the top, and once it is healed properly it is fitted with a new crown. There are also one piece implants available for our patients and this installs all three pieces at once. This would be ideal for those who want immediate function and good esthetics.

In addition to the single tooth replacements, we can do multiple teeth with one or more implants and a bridge. We can also do entire sets of teeth through the “all on 4 implants” that use four implants to hold a full arch of teeth permanently in place. Alternatively, you can opt for implant supported dentures which are removable but held firmly by implants and implant dentures that rely on implants as anchors.

If you are not a candidate for traditional implants, patients in our dentist office can consult with our restorative dentist about mini implants that are smaller in size and more suited to those who may have inadequate bone mass or desire treatment in a single visit.

Why Dental Implants?

Of course, one major question we hear from patients visiting our restorative dentist is “why dental implants…why not dentures?” While dentures are an entirely satisfactory solution used by millions of people around the globe, they don’t provide some of the benefits received from implants. For instance, your gum and jaw know when a permanent tooth is lost and this tissue begins to recede. It can set off a chain reaction of unwanted issues throughout your mouth, and the result can be damage, misalignment of the bite and more.

With implants, though, you halt these processes and retain your natural bite, the gum and jaw tissue and full use of your mouth. This ensures overall health and well-being, and is but one of the many reasons to ask about implant options.

Contact Our Dental Office for a Dental Implants Consultation

Now that you know more about dental implants, it is time to talk with our restorative dentist in St. Louis about the treatment. Get in touch with us today by calling 314-968-7979 or by visiting our contact page.

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  • I cannot express my gratitude for your contribution in changing my life. I have been unable to wear my dentures for many years. This caused serious adjustments in my eating habit, my physical appearance, and my self confidence. People made fun of me making faces when chewing the limited food I ate. I had given up simple things like steak, corn on the cob, salads, nuts and most of all, smiles. This may seem trivial to you, but this Christmas I plan on purchasing many pounds of mixed nuts. Every time I eat them I will give a silent thanks to you for helping make it possible to eat them. It has been about 10 years since I have been able to enjoy such simple things. People tell me I look 10 years younger and have a great smile. Your contribution may have been just another day at work for you. But an uplifting life change for me. Appreciation doesn’t describe how much this means to me. Thank you and may you be blessed as I have been.
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