Dental implants most closely resemble nature’s design for your teeth. Each of your teeth has two primary structural components: a crown and a root. The root extends into the jaw as an anchor. The crown is the part of the tooth that we can see. Dental implants also have two primary components: a post and a crown.

The Implant Procedure

Dr. Allen and Dr. Neumann work with a trusted oral surgeon in an interdisciplinary approach to dental implant procedures. As general dentists, Dr. Allen and Dr. Neumann oversee the case, coordinate with the oral surgeon, and design and place the dental prosthetic. The oral surgeon then places the implant posts during a brief surgical procedure.

Dental implants take three to six months from start to finish. Once the implant posts are secure, bone naturally integrates with them during a process called osseointegration. This can take a few months, and the time varies between patients. You will wear temporary restorations during the osseointegration phase.

Once your implant posts are stable, Dr. Allen or Dr. Neumann will remove your temporary prostheses and secure permanent ones – whether that be dental crowns, a bridge, partial, or denture – to your implant posts.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Implants are independently anchored and do not rely on other teeth or gums for support.
  • Because implants have a post in the jaw, they stimulate bone tissue which reduces the potential for jawbone degeneration – a common problem for people with missing teeth.
  • For denture wearers, implants eliminate the need for adhesives and special denture cleaning routines. Implant patients no longer experience loose, slipping, or ill-fitting dentures.
  • With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • Implants allow a person to eat, speak, and smile as if he or she has healthy natural teeth.

Find Out if Implants Are Right for You

Dental implants are the most lifelike option for replacing lost teeth because they are the only option that can reestablilsh the support of your teeth roots. To find out if implants are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Allen or Dr. Neumann by calling our dental office in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.