Dental Implants

Wedgewood Dental

Linda K. Westmoreland , DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Rolla, MO & Salem, MO

A great smile can transform the way you see the world, and yourself. Linda K. Westmoreland, DDS, at Wedgewood Dental creates dental implants for adult patients of all ages. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Dr. Westmoreland and her exceptional team can replace severely damaged or missing teeth so you can enjoy your best smile. To learn more, call for a consultation or book your appointment online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

For many adults, having dental implants is the next best thing to having natural teeth. When you lose your own teeth due to an illness, a traumatic accident, or tooth decay, it can negatively impact your self-esteem. You might also avoid smiling, or eating foods you used to love. This is where dental implants can help. Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth. They're durable and stable, and function almost the same as natural teeth.

A dental implant is a metal post that a dentist implants into your jawbone beneath your gums. This is essentially the root of a new tooth. It's similar in shape to an everyday screw. Your mouth will need a few weeks to heal after the post is in place. Once your mouth has fully recovered, Dr. Westmoreland will mount the replacement tooth on the post. The replacement tooth is called a crown. The implants fuse to your jawbone, so they are strong, stable, and don’t shift in your mouth.

These metal posts also help bridges, dentures, and crowns stay solidly attached to your jaw.

Why are dental implants so popular?

In addition to feeling, functioning, and looking like natural teeth, dental implants offer the following ten advantages:

  • Can last a lifetime with good care
  • Offer a cost-effective solution for replacing a missing tooth
  • Help retain your natural face shape and smile
  • Protect your healthy jawbone
  • Help maintain the integrity of surrounding natural teeth
  • Allow you to speak comfortably and naturally
  • Don't fall out of your mouth
  • Are durable and strong for eating your favorite foods
  • Aren't wide open to cavities with an implanted crown
  • Offer a time-tested, predictable result for tooth repair

Can anyone get dental implants?

If you’re missing a single tooth or a couple of teeth, you may be an excellent dental implant candidate. Your jaw must be finished growing, and your gums must be healthy. That's why dental implants are a fantastic solution for adults, not children.

You may also be a prime candidate for implants if you're irritated by dentures that slip, or if it's time to replace a bridge or partial dentures. Women or men wanting a permanent, lifelong solution to ongoing dental work may be exceptional dental implant candidates. Dr. Westmoreland discusses all your options and answers your questions during your consultation.

Ready to take the first step toward a more comfortable, confident smile? Call Wedgewood Dental or schedule an appointment online.