Dental Implants Specialist

Corry R. Lanyon, DDS

Dentist & Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Butler, MO

Dental implants are an excellent way to replace one or more of your missing teeth. The team at Dr. Corry Lanyon, DDS, located in Butler, Missouri, can help improve the aesthetics of your smile, prevent your jawbone from decaying, and help you speak and chew properly by using dental implants. To make sure you don’t experience the negative consequences associated with missing teeth, call the office or schedule your appointment online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a great option to replace the missing teeth in your mouth because they’re durable, improve your oral health, and make it easier for you to eat and speak. An implant consists of a titanium rod taking the place of your natural tooth root, a crown, and an abutment. Your dentist places the abutment on the rod, and your implant acts as a sturdy anchor for your crown. 

What are the benefits of dental implants? 

At Dr. Corry Lanyon, DDS, the team offers the highest-quality dental implants to optimize your oral health by providing the following benefits: 

  • Look and feel like your natural teeth
  • Help preserve your facial appearance
  • Prevent your surrounding teeth from shifting 

One of the most detrimental consequences of not replacing your missing teeth is that you’ll experience jawbone loss. Within the first year after losing your tooth and not filling the gap, your jawbone volume can decrease by 25%. 

The dental staff at Dr. Corry Lanyon, DDS, cannot stress enough how important it is to fill the gaps of your missing teeth as soon as they fall out.

What’s the process of getting dental implants like?

The first step is for the dental team to take X-rays of your mouth and jaw structures. If your dentist determines you don’t have enough jawbone density, you may need a bone grafting procedure prior to placing the implant. 

Assuming there’s enough jawbone to progress forward, your dentist numbs the site to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. A small incision is made in the gums to expose your jawbone and a titanium rod is placed into the bone socket of your missing tooth. Lastly, your dentist stitches up the incision. 

After step one, it’ll take roughly three to six months for your jawbone to heal and fuse with the titanium rod. Once your implant and jawbone integrate together, you’ll come back to the dental office where your dentist places an abutment on your dental implant. The abutment connects your implant to your new prosthetic tooth, called a crown. 

If you’re missing teeth and would like to restore your smile with dental implants, call the dental team at Dr. Corry Lanyon, DDS, today or schedule your appointment online.