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The replacement of missing teeth is critical to ensuring the proper function and beauty of the smile. When teeth are missing, many St. Louis, Missouri, patients might be unsure as to which option is best for them. Should they consider a partial denture or pay more for a dental implant?
Dental implants continue to be one of the more popular options at The DentaLink, including traditional and mini dental implants. But what is the difference? Which one is better? Drs. Allan and Andrew Link describe the difference between these treatment options and when each one is used for a patient.
First and foremost, understanding the goal of a dental implant is the best way to start understanding the difference. A dental implant is a tooth root replacement. It is typically fabricated from materials that are biocompatible with the human body, such as titanium or zirconia. The tooth root replacements are placed during oral surgery into the bone of the jaw where a tooth once was. It stimulates the growth of the bone through a process called osseointegration, which is responsible for holding the implant in place to be restored. The top of the implant, known as the “abutment,” is then restored with a crown, bridge, or denture. This varies depending on the patient’s unique situation.
Dental implants are especially important because first I treat a lot of seniors, and you can make as good a denture, the best denture in the world but it is never going to be like having an implant supported denture or getting rid of the denture totally and having what looks li perfectly natural functional teeth. We could have never done that in dentistry before and now we can do it, and you can’t understand unless you have been a dentist as long as I have a known bad regular dentures are. What implants can do for that person, then you bring that to a young patient who just has a tooth knocked out on a little parking lot or wherever they tripped, thy are playing football or whatever they pick a football game, and all of a sudden they are missing a tooth and you don’t want to start down the road on a young adult with other treatments when you can replace that tooth almost as good as what started out, you are not compromising other teeth you are not asking them to do anything special on homecare. They have a functional tooth, and a beautiful looking natural tooth. We could not have done that in dentistry before. The young dentist don’t realize what I realize what an implant does, how much better it is for the patient and the way that they can keep it without any more trouble, it doesn’t decay – we could not do that in the past, so dental implants are something that I have learnt, I went to Sweden right away when I heard about them back in the late 80s and learned it from Brandon mark himself who was one of the only general dentists in St. Louis who could do them, real early on because they did not have a lot of specialists at the time, and because I heard him personally. I have loved him ever since, it is a life changing experience for the patient to do away with something that they are popping out of the mouth and putting in back into a jar or popping out of their mouth when it doesn’t want to pop or they don’t want to pop it out, and they can forget about it, and they can enjoy what they could be doing and smile.
At The DentaLink, our dentists may recommend one type of dental implant over another. This is when patients have a lot of questions to ask about the choices they have available to them. Below are a few of the ways in which these dental implants differ:
Drs. Allan and Andrew Link are pleased to provide options for patients to choose from when it comes to restoration of the smile after tooth loss. If you live in St. Louis, Missouri, and are curious if mini dental implants are appropriate for you, call (636) 496 8584 to schedule a consultation appointment with our team. We are conveniently located at 2552 Lemay Ferry road, with a second location in Ballwin.
At the DentalLink, you will be taken care of under the expert guidance of Dr. Allan Link and Dr. Andrew “Drew” Link. A dynamic duo who seek to provide the people of their community with sustainable health remedies and care.
Bringing with him 35 plus years of providing oral care, Dr. Allan Link is a proud alumnus of Duke University and the Washington University School of Dental Medicine.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. Andrew Link studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and has been recognized by medical associations such as the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.