Key West Dental Group in St. Charles, MO
Dental implants are replacement teeth that look,
eel and function just like natural teeth
How implants work
There are two parts to the implant mechanism: the implant post, and the crown that goes on top.
The implant posts are made of titanium, placed into the jawbone where your tooth is missing. The bone integrates with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. After the implant is in place, we often install a temporary crown, followed by a permanent crown when your jaw is ready. Once you’ve got your permanent crown, you’ll be able to eat virtually anything and smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth and facial contour appear natural.
The implant timeline
For most patients, dental implants require two surgical procedures spaced out by several months:
First, the titanium posts are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. During this time, you either wear a temporary “flipper” (for front teeth) or simply leave the space empty (for back teeth).
After the implant has integrated with the jawbone, we uncover it and attach a small healing collar. An impression is taken so that the laboratory can mold the replacement tooth, and we then cement the new tooth to the post.
Key West Dental Group is located conveniently, in St. Charles, off I-70 and Zumbehl Road. Our dentists have served the St. Charles, St. Peters and O'Fallon areas for almost 30-years. We've become St. Charles county's trusted dental group; providing general dentistry, emergency dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. If you'd like to join the Key West Dental Family, visit our New Patients page, here.