Dental Implants at Lakewood Dental in Lee’s Summit, MO

Dental implants are a modern solution to tooth loss. At Lakewood Dental, we offer premium dental implants that match your natural teeth. You can feel proud of your smile and protect your dental health at the same time.

Missing teeth can impact your confidence as you go out into the world every day. Losing teeth can also alter the alignment of your teeth and jaw. What do you do when you have these issues? Most people turn to dental restoration.

Dental Implants: Replacement Teeth
When removable dental devices like dentures are not an option, patients can get teeth implants. Dental or teeth implants are installed in patients who have lost at least one whole tooth. The implants look and feel just like your natural teeth.
Advantages of Dental Implants
There are many benefits to getting implants. The implants mimic the feel and look of natural teeth, making them a comfortable solution to tooth loss, tooth decay, and similar conditions.
Some of the advantages of dental implants include:
  • Comfort
  • Better speech
  • Natural appearance
  • Easier chewing
  • Permanent replacements
  • Improved dental health
Many patients like teeth implants because they are permanent. There is no need to remove them for cleaning and maintenance. A proper dental hygiene routine takes care of the implants.
Candidates for Implants
There are some requirements for patients who want teeth implants. While the implants will replace missing teeth, they do not cure existing dental diseases. You must be in good dental health before you can get implants. We can begin treating dental problems before implants, although it will lengthen the process.
Disqualifying Conditions
The following conditions may prevent you from getting teeth implants right away:
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Heavy smoking
  • Gum disease
  • Adequate jaw bone density
  • Radiation patients
That is not to say these patients can never get teeth implants. Instead, we must assess these cases on an individual basis. Our goal is to keep all of your teeth in excellent health and improve your overall health before placing your implants.
Cost of Dental Implants

Tooth implant cost varies from patient to patient. The implants cost more when they are made of higher-quality materials. Teeth implants also have extra fees related to the procedure and separate parts involved in the installation. The total average cost per dental implant is around $3,000 to $4,800.

This cost applies to each dental implant. That means one tooth implant equals one charge of the specific price. More teeth implants will add to the cost. However, dental implants are a worthy investment.

Not having the benefit of implants, you would have to spend more on maintaining removable dental fixtures. Once your implants are installed, there are very few recurring expenses (if any). In the long run, dental implants are the more cost-effective option.

Types of Dental Implants
There are different materials and fixtures used in various types of dental implant procedures. Your dentist will help you choose the right kind of implants for your smile. Each type of implant and technique has pros and cons.
Immediate Load Implants
These implants are also called “teeth in a day.” They’re ideal for people who want their smiles back fast. As their name suggests, you can walk out of your immediate load implant appointment with a complete set of teeth and no delay. Just note that the teeth attached to these implants are temporary. Once your implants heal and your bones are strong enough to support a permanent prosthetic, we’ll adjust things for you.
Single-Tooth Implants
If you have a few missing teeth, single implants will fill in the gap or gaps and look uniform with the rest of your smile.
Multiple Implants
Multiple implants work like single-tooth implants, except they cover more empty space in the mouth.
Mini Implants
These implants use the same structure as traditional (subperiosteal)implants, but (once again, as the name suggests), they’re smaller. That means we can fix this in your mouth with less invasive techniques, especially since they go over the gum surface and not under it (how traditional implants do).
Endosteal Implants

These are some of the most commonly used types of dental implants. Endosteal implants attach directly to your jawbone. They look like metal screws and function in a similar manner in that the screws anchor your tooth implant into your jaw, acting as tooth roots.

The benefit of endosteal implants is that they are more secure. You need healthy, plentiful bone in your jaw to get this type of implant. These implants also feel more natural, as they are attached the same way natural tooth roots are.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are placed just above the jawbone. They are implanted under the gums but do not anchor into the bone underneath. If you do not have enough bone density for endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants might be a better option for you.

Subperiosteal implants are a less complicated surgical procedure than endosteal implants. The advantage of this technique is the faster healing time and less pain. If you are unwilling to undergo bone grafting for dental implants, subperiosteal implants are ideal. They are held in place by the surrounding gum tissues.

Many of our patients have similar questions regarding dental implants. We are here to inform you about the process and help you feel comfortable going into the procedure.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal fixtures that are installed below your gums. The implants are anchored into jawbone or gum tissue, making them permanent. Implants feel and look like natural teeth.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implants are an investment in your future dental health. The price is well worth the payoff! The cost of a single dental implant generally ranges from $3,000 to $4,800.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
The dental implant under the gums lasts for a lifetime. Crowns, the visible replacement teeth, last 10 to 15 years. Excellent dental hygiene and regular cleanings will prolong the life of your implants.
Are Implants Painful?
Our procedures for dental implants all have sedation options. At the very least, we use a local anesthetic around the area of implantation. You will have soreness and swelling following the procedures, which is normal. However, most of our patients do not have severe pain after getting dental implants.
Teeth Implants at Lakewood Dental

At Lakewood Dental, we pride ourselves on exceptional patient care. We are available to answer any questions or concerns you have about dental implants. Our knowledgeable staff members are pros at making you feel comfortable and calm in the dentist’s chair.

If you are considering dental implants, you need a quality provider. The results of your dental implants depend on the expertise of your dentist and the oral surgeon. Book an appointment at Lakewood Dental to discuss dental implants today!