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Dental Implants

Is a missing tooth hurting your self-confidence? Without proper treatment, missing teeth could also be hurting your oral and general health.

Dr. Justin M. Schlaikjer can replace missing teeth, improve your health, and restore your confidence with dental implants.

Why are dental implants such a popular tooth replacement option among our patients in St. Louis, MO?

... and Implants Are the Best Solution

Tooth loss is more common among adults than you might think. Missing teeth often cause patients to hide their smiles and feel embarrassed about the way they look. If your confidence is suffering because of a missing tooth or teeth, it's time to consider dental implants. 

3 Main Benefits of Dental Implants

Better Oral Health

One of the consequences of tooth loss is bone atrophy, which can lead to a sunken and aged facial appearance. By replacing the missing roots of a tooth, implants help you maintain a strong, healthy jawbone and protect your long-term oral health.

Maximum Stability 

Implants fuse to the jawbone and secure prosthetic replacement teeth with unparalleled stability. Unlike traditional dentures which rely on suction and adhesives, your implant-supported restoration will never slip out of place. 

Durable Results

Dr. Schlaikjer offers implants made from incredibly strong materials including medical-grade titanium and zirconia. As long as you practice good dental care and attend regular visits to the dentist, your implants can last a lifetime. 

So What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small posts designed to replace missing tooth roots. Once they are inserted into the jawbone, they fuse with the tissue and become a permanent part of your oral structures. When the site has completely healed, your dentist will attach abutments and your custom crown, bridge, or denture, giving you the appearance and function of natural teeth.

Why should you choose Dr. Schlaikjer as your implant dentist?

Advanced Personalized Care
With a Highly Trained Specialist

While other dentists often refer dental implant cases out to specialists, Dr. Schlaikjer focuses exclusively on dental implant placement and periodontal care. This specialization allows him to provide high-quality personalized care to every patient.

To continue providing patients with the most advanced level of dentistry, Dr. Schlaikjer is constantly participating in SPEAR study clubs and continuing education courses. SPEAR has the most established network of dental professionals committed to learning and enhancing advanced methods of dentistry. 

If you're considering dental implants, trust Dr. Schlaikjer and the committed team at our St. Louis, MO, practice. Request your consultation with us using our online form or by calling:

(314) 729-7840

Dr. Schlaikjer

"There's no better place for implants!"

"I wish, I could give this place more than 5 stars! Can not thank them enough. No better place to go for a dental extraction and tooth implants. As good as it gets. I HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone who is need of this type of service. I am very happy with my dental implants and I will be forever grateful! Mirsada Perkanovic, 5-Star Google Review

We Can Convert Your Existing Denture

Do you already have removable dentures? Are you frustrated with the noises, movement, and embarrassing moments that can happen as a result? An implant-supported denture looks more natural, stays in place, and helps keep your jawbone healthy and strong.  

If your denture is in good condition, we can often stabilize it using dental implants. Adjustments are made to the base of the denture to accommodate abutments and connect to your dental implants. You can speak with our dentist about this option during your consultation at our St. Louis dental practice.

Dental Implant Treatment Timeline

It is important to understand that dental implants are more complex than traditional dental restorations. Patients will attend multiple appointments at our St. Louis practice or their general dentist's office over several months. You can generally expect these steps:
Dr. Schlaikjer offers sedation so you can relax throughout your procedure.
Dr. Schlaikjer offers sedation so you can relax throughout your procedure.

Consultation

We begin your treatment with a consultation to discuss your medical history, concerns, and goals. The doctor will also evaluate your teeth and jaw with high-tech x-rays and digital scans. If we find you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, then we will design your personalized treatment plan.

Surgical Guides

Before your implant surgery, Dr. Schlaikjer will craft custom surgical guides marking the precise location for each implant. Surgical guides ensure the posts are placed in an optimal location for stable, long-lasting results.

Implantation

On the day of your surgery, we start by administering an anesthetic and any additional sedation needed to ensure your comfort. Next, we make small incisions in the gums and insert the implant posts into the jawbone. In some cases, we can place a temporary restoration during this appointment.

Osseointegration

Over the next four to six months, the implant posts fuse with your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. We will check up on your progress throughout this time to make sure the bone heals correctly. When your recovery is complete, you will attend another appointment to have abutments placed.

Abutments

During a second minor procedure, Dr. Schlaikjer or your dentist will expose each titanium post and attach an abutment. Abutments are small components that connect your replacement teeth to your dental implants. 

Restoration

After allowing the gums a few weeks to heal, you will be ready for your permanent restoration. The custom-made implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture will be secured to the abutments and your treatment is complete. 

Hear from More Patients

"I can’t say enough about the professional, caring work Dr. Schlaikjer and his staff do. The entire team, from Danyell, to Natasha, Ashley and Dr. Schlaikjer took the time to meet with me, explain everything as they went along and calmed my nerves. I highly recommend his services. Top notch!" Patti Redel
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Justin Schlaikjer, DDS

Dr. Justin Schlaikjer provides personalized periodontal care to help his patients maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. He is dedicated to the highest level of care: 

  • Uses state-of-the-art technology
  • Takes his time with each patient
  • Focuses on patient education
  • Offers flexible financing options

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (314) 729-7840.

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