Meet Dr. Kenneth S. Lahr, D.D.S.

Dr. Kenneth Lahr is the owner and practicing dentist of West Ranch Dental Center. He credits his interest in dentistry to his grandfather, who was also a general dentist. For Dr. Lahr, owning his own practice is exciting and interesting, and he enjoys meeting new people and catching up with his returning patients.

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Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium root that can be placed in the jawbone. Once integrated with your bone, the implant can be used to support a crown, a bridge, or secure a complete denture. Dental implants may be used to eliminate partial plates and dentures.=

Implants have been used successfully for over thirty years, and have a high success rate, and function and feel like your natural teeth. Dental implants are now the standard of care for replacing missing teeth.

Dental implant treatment represents a slightly greater investment than conventional treatment; however, the benefits of implant therapy for most patients outweigh the minor additional cost involved.

Single Implants

A single tooth implant procedure may be done if a tooth has been extracted or is missing. A titanium implant base is placed into the jawbone to resemble the tooth root. We allow a period of time to allow for the jawbone to heal over the implant base before fitting for a crown. Next, an abutment is screwed into the base of the implant to allow for a crown to be fitted on top. Finally, a custom fabricated crown is placed over the abutment to function like a real tooth.

Multiple Implants

Multiple tooth implants may be placed if you need or desire to permanently replace an extracted or lost tooth. Titanium implant bases are placed into the jawbone to replace the job of the tooth roots. We allow a period of time to allow for the jawbone to heal over the bases before fitting for a crown. Next, abutments are screwed into the bases of the implants to allow crowns to be attached. Finally, custom fabricated crowns are placed over the abutments and will function like a real tooth.

Full Arch Implants

Dental implants that can be placed to accept a full arch of teeth. The arch is removable, yet functions like a full set of normal teeth.

Placing Dental Implants

There are actually two phases to implant dentistry.

Phase 1: Using very accurate surgical techniques, an incision is made in the gum tissues and implants are placed into dimensionally controlled sites (depth and width) in the jawbone.

First, the gum tissue is opened and the jawbone is tapped with a small drill and then drilled with a wider drill. The implant is inserted into place. The gum tissues are then closed and the healing phase begins. This may take anywhere from 3-6 months to ensure a strong base.

Phase 2: An abutment is secured to the top of the implant placing a new tooth crown onto the implant abutment. Implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or your dentures.

Dental Implant Benefits

  1. Eliminates the need to "cut down" the neighboring teeth to make a bridge.
  2. Maintains the jawbone structure.
  3. Feels and functions like natural teeth.
  4. Does not rely on other teeth for support.
  5. Replaces partial plates and may be used to secure loose dentures.
  6. Clean and floss like a natural tooth.