Topeka Dentistry
Carrie Peterson, DDS & Ben Rutherford, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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There are many aspects of dentistry that Drs. Carrie Peterson and Ben Rutherford enjoy—starting with providing guidance and support. Your dental journey doesn't have to be a chore because we make it fun and easy. Preventive dentistry is a great way to be proactive about your dental health.

We invite our patients to come to us with any questions, doubts, fears, or even just curiosity. We love to share information and valuable resources.

We have provided some questions we frequently hear from patients, but if there's something that hasn't been addressed or answered fully, please don't hesitate to call us at (785) 266-9100. We are always happy to hear from you and keep you informed.

Dental Implants

Wearing a denture can be a challenge for many patients. Dentures move around, cause sore spots, and get looser over time. After teeth are removed, the jaw bones continue to disintegrate, which causes the dentures to become looser over time. If you are missing all your teeth and struggling to function with dentures, implants can offer a secure alternative to the removeable dentures. With this option, you can avoid adhesives and “snap” your denture in place. Typically, it takes two to six dental implants to support and help stabilize your dentures.  

With implant-supported dentures, you will be able to chew better, enjoy meals, and smile confidently.

Please let us know if you are interested in this option to help support your dentures.  

We can arrange a consultation to learn whether implant-supported dentures are right for you. When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants can improve your quality of life.

Most healthy adults are eligible for dental implants. However, some health conditions can change the effectiveness of implants. When you visit our office to discuss dental implants, we will need to ask you a number of questions concerning your health. Even if you do have a health concern, we are likely to still be able to work with you. Once a patient’s health has been evaluated, we will also need to evaluate the amount of bone available for dental implant placement, as well as the amount of space available. Our doctors have the ability to do a 3D scan (CBCT Scan) in our office which allows us to take precise measurements of your bone. If you are interested in learning about dental implants and if they are right for you, please call our office at 785-266-9100. 

Missing teeth present both a cosmetic and a functional concern. Cosmetically, missing teeth carry a stigma and people with missing teeth find themselves unfairly judged in many social settings. However, the problem of missing teeth goes far beyond a cosmetic concern. When a tooth or multiple teeth are missing, additional stress is placed on the remaining teeth. This additional stress can cause the remaining teeth to fracture and damage to the bone to take place. This additional strain can lead to pain, the need for more expensive treatment, and additional tooth loss. What is more concerning is that the jawbone begins to shrink after a tooth is removed. Over time, this diminishing bone may lead to changes in your face and cause patients to look prematurely aged. Dental implants allow patients to prevent further damage to their other teeth and to overcome the cosmetic concerns that missing teeth cause. To find out if dental implants can help you prevent further damage to the teeth, call our office and schedule an appointment. We are always happy to discuss this exciting treatment option with our patients.

Dental implants can be placed either after an extraction in a toothless site, or at the time of extraction. Prior to beginning the actual process, we will perform a full exam including X-rays and a 3D scan of your jaw. This exam tells us a great deal about your bone health. If needed, you may be a candidate for grafts and other procedures to improve your bone or gum tissue. The titanium implant (which replaces the root of the natural tooth) is placed into the bone. This is done while the patient is numb and should not be uncomfortable. The dental implant will integrate with your jaw bone over months and become stable. Once you have healed sufficiently, you may receive a temporary crown over the implant. After we are confident the implant has healed, an impression is taken or a scan is done and the crown is made. Once the permanent crown is made by our highly trained dental laboratory technicians, you will return to the office to have the crown placed. The fit and appearance of your dental implant crown will be checked, and your implant complete. Our patients at Topeka Dentistry find that having a dental implant placed is a low stress procedure. 

If you are currently dealing with missing teeth, you might be considering a tooth replacement. At Topeka Dentistry, we offer different options for many dental procedures. Your Topeka dentist can help determine which option is the best for you. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most popular, permanent tooth replacement we offer our Topeka patients. They mimic the behavior of your natural tooth, down to the root, stimulating healthy bone growth and gum health. Dental implants use a thin, titanium post that is secured to your jawbone. Once it has healed and fused, it serves as a foundation for long-term tooth restoration. 


Dentures are a popular and most cost-effective option to restore missing teeth. They can be used to restore a few missing teeth or all of them. Dentures can be cost-efficient, but some patients may not like the use of adhesives.

Over time, without a root in place, your jaw bone will shrink. For this reason, dentures will have to be adjusted so that it will fit perfectly. Your dentist may recommend implant-supported dentures to overcome this. 

Dental Bridge

Patients with a missing tooth (or teeth) may be interested in enhancing their smile with a dental bridge.

A dental bridge "bridges" the space between one or more missing teeth. Using dental crowns that fit over neighboring healthy teeth, an artificial tooth can be bonded to the crowns to fill the gap.

Are You Missing One or More Teeth?

Give us a call today to go over your options. Each patient has unique smile goals, needs, lifestyle, and budget. Together, we will find the perfect fit for you. We can't wait to hear from you!

Restoring missing teeth is a benefit to your oral health and general well-being for a variety of reasons. Dental implants are a modern tooth replacement procedure that can create a long-lasting look while preserving your smile. 

We use implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of the teeth. Our goal is to restore your teeth and allow you to smile, eat your favorite foods, and speak clearly. 

Dental Implants Restore Your Tooth Root

Dental implants are thin titanium posts that we secure into your jawbone. Since they replace your entire tooth down to the root, patients won't have to worry about their dental implant slipping out of place or falling out. 

Additionally, being able to bite down and chew stimulates healthy bone growth and prevents your bone from receding. 

Will Dental Implants Hurt?

The procedure is typically comfortable and stress-free. Before the procedure, your Topeka dentist will apply a local anesthetic so that patients do not feel any discomfort. If you feel any stress or anxiety, we invite you to discuss sedation options with us. 

Dental implants are a popular tooth restoration procedure that improves your appearance and quality of life. 

Benefits of Dental Implants

For some patients, dental bridges and dentures are uncomfortable due to sore spots, a poor fit, or gagging. Dental bridges are held in place by teeth on neighboring sides of the space left by the missing tooth. Dental implants do not require any adjacent teeth to be prepared or adjusted to hold them in place. 

During your consultation with Dr. Carrie Peterson or Dr. Ben Rutherford, we will observe your gum health and determine if you have adequate bone structure to support the implant. Patients must commit to keeping up with their oral health and visiting us regularly to keep track of your progress after the procedure. 

Many patients love the freedom and security dental implants provide. 

When patients lose a tooth there are generally three options to replace that tooth. These options include dental implants, cemented bridges, and removable appliances known as partial dentures. Dental implants are a great option which allow patients to replace missing teeth with ones that look, feel, and perform like their own, natural teeth. Not only do dental implants most closely resemble natural teeth, they help prevent bone loss after tooth loss, and do not require the use of adjacent teeth. Implant dentistry involves the surgical placement of one or more artificial tooth roots known as dental implants. The dental implant replaces the root of the missing tooth. The implant fuses to the bone (a process known as osteointegration) over a 4-6 month period and then a crown is placed to replace the tooth. We are happy to look at your specific situation and see if dental implants are the right choice for you. Simply call our office and we will be happy to schedule an implant consultation. 

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