Dental Implants: What are they?

Dental Implants are a great long term option to replace missing teeth.  They are composed of titanium metal and are surgically placed in the jaw bone.  During the healing process, the bone is fusing around the implant to provide a nice solid foundation.  Implants can replace one single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or can be used to anchor a denture. We offer a complimentary consultation to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.

The brand of implants used is Nobel Biocare which is one of the leaders in the implant industry.  Please click on this link to view more about implants.

  • Amount bone height-width
  • Amount soft tissue
  • Quality bone
  • Occlusion – bite
  • Age – No upper limit – Best to wait until cessation of facial growth

Single Implants

Denture Implants

  • Panoramic Radiograph
  • Tomogram
  • CT Scan
  • Computer-guided surgery software
  • Stage I: Implant placement/Sealing Screw
  • Stage II: Implant uncovered healing cap
  • Stage III: Prosthetic phase/crown-denture fabrication
  • Ensure proper function and esthetics

  • Prosthetic driven
  • Cost-benefit unique each case
  • Alveolar Ridge Augmentation
  • Bone grafting – autogeneous, alogenic, xenogenic
    • Blockgraft
    • Socket presentation
  • Sinus grafting
  • Chief complaint
  • Goal of therapy
  • Clinical Exam
  • Radiographic Exam
  • Predictions Tracings
  • Model Analysis
  • Faciaal balance/symmetry
    • Thirds and Fifths
    • Midlines
      • Noe, mailla, madible, chin
      • Toth-to-lip (incisor display)
      • Interpupillary (hypertelorism), Intercanthal (telecanthus) distance
  • Length of clinical crown (nml: 9-12 mm)
  • Length of upper lip
  • Age Lengthens the lip and reduces incisor display
  • Vermillion show
  • Animation during smiling
  • Treat to rest, not smile, to avoid overimpaction
  • Dolicocephalic, brachycephalic, mesocephalic
  • Flat, concave, convex (Gl-Sn-Pg): red
  • Facial convexity angle (Gl-Sn-Pg: 13 degrees, nml = convex)
  • Facial 3rds: trichion-Gl-Sn-neton: blue
  • Angles: fontonasal, nasolabial, labiomental, neck-chin-throat angles
  • Nasal morphology-dorsum
  • Chin position
    • Zero meridian (N perp to FH” Pg +/- 4mm)
    • Holdaway ratio (N:B:I)
  • Incision
  • Identify, don’t ‘skeletonize,’ mental nerves
  • Midline, lateral score marks
  • Osteotomy 5 mm below tooth apices & mental nerve
  • Angulation of cut (Depends on planned movement)
  • Downfracture (release ‘wings’)
  • Fixation (plate, screws, wire)
  • Layered closure (mentalis)
  • Max Surgery, Mand Surgery, Genioplasty, Asymetry


708 Northwest Commerce
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

Conveniently located on Chipman Road one mile East of Highway 50.


(816) 525-8660

We are happy to accommodate you and can schedule you the same day in the case of an emergency.


Monday – Friday
8 am – 5 pm

Closed Saturday & Sunday

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