Dental Implants

Missing teeth make it difficult to eat or even smile with confidence.  Dental implants have become the dental application of choice as they are safe and have become a more affordable solution in replacing teeth.


The implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jawbone during a relatively noninvasive, simple procedure.  Over time, the titanium will bond with the bone which creates a strong and stable anchor for replacement teeth.

It is usually six months for the titanium and bone to unite completely.  During the healing time, a unique bridge or denture is placed. When the post has become secure, the new tooth, bridge or denture is attached.

The procedure for implants only requires a day or two to recuperate and most people experience is nearly pain free.



Dentures are an appliance that is inserted in the mouth to fill space and provides support for the cheeks and lips.  They are made of acrylic and can be fabricated in a couple of different ways.

An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues or gums can heal under the denture.  After the tissues have healed a conventional denture is made.

Upper dentures have acrylic flesh colored portion that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).  A lower denture will be shaped more like a horseshoe and leave room for the tongue.

Most teeth of the denture are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof.   It is also possible to attach a complete denture to dental implants to allow for an even more secure fit of the appliance.

It is common for dentures over a time to wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal.  Bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth and this creates the alignment to also slowly change.  Routine dental examinations are still important to make sure the oral tissues are checked for disease or any changes.


It maybe possible to eliminate the need for covering the roof of the mouth with a complete denture by having dental implants. This option will make the denture feel more natural. You will still have a removable denture, which makes cleaning the support bar and denture much easier. 

Benefits of an implant include improved confidence, stability during eating, bone and gum preservation, improved dental hygiene, superior esthetics and nutritional benefits.


There are a variety of circumstances that lead to a damaged denture.  All should be addressed immediately. Dental Associates, PC in West Des Moines can provide same day dental repairs and restoration to original or close to original condition.  The dental staff will also recommend steps needed in preventing future breakage.