When you lose a tooth to trauma, infection, or another occurrence, you’re losing more than the part of the tooth that’s visible when you smile. You’re also losing the root of the tooth, the important bony structure that connects the tooth to your jaw bone.
The tooth root might seem insignificant at first blush, but it’s incredibly important when it comes to the health of your smile. That’s why more than 3 million Americans have replaced their teeth using dental implants.
Dental implants serve as artificial tooth roots that integrate into your jaw bone. When a dental implant is restored with a dental crown, which replaces the visible portion of a single missing tooth, it’s as close as you can come to a brand new tooth.
At Lakeside Dentistry, we pride ourselves on providing comfortable care, no matter what the procedure. But when you come to Dr. Gores for dental implants, you’ll feel confident knowing he has more than 30 years of experience placing and restoring dental implants. When all is said and done, you’ll have a beautiful new smile, free of gaps.
Read on for more information about dental implants. Then, to find out whether dental implants are right for you, give our Rochester, MN office a call at 507-316-6444.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
We briefly touched on the basics of dental implants already, but let’s dig a little deeper. Dental implants are small titanium posts that mimic the roots of missing tooth. When you decide to replace a tooth with a dental implant from Lakeside Dentistry, Dr. Gores will thoroughly numb the area and gently insert the artificial tooth root into the jaw bone, where your natural tooth root once stood.
Then, we’ll allow the dental implant time to fuse to your jaw bone. This process is called osseointegration. During this period, your jaw bone heals around the artificial tooth root, much in the same way your jaw bone holds tightly to a natural tooth root.
We’ll then attach a connector piece to the top of the dental implant and affix a custom-made dental restoration. Often, a dental crown is used to restore the dental implant. But if you’re missing a series of contiguous teeth, a dental bridge can be used to literally bridge the gap in your smile.
Can Dental Implants Help Me If I’m Missing Most Or All Of My Teeth?
Yes! At Lakeside Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a revolutionary teeth replacement solution called All-On-4® dental implants for people missing most or all of their teeth. This is great for folks who don’t like the idea of having a removable denture.
With All-On-4, a full upper or lower dental arch of artificial teeth is anchored by just four dental implants.
It’s a great alternative to the conventional way of replacing each missing tooth with one dental implant and one dental crown. As you might imagine, that process would be arduous and the recovery time would be extensive. By cutting down on the number of dental implants required, you get a more comfortable and affordable teeth replacement solution.
All-On-4 allows you to replace an entire set of teeth without needing any adhesives or awkward clasps to keep the prosthetic in place. Instead, only your dentist will be able to remove the prosthetic, so you’ll always feel confident that your artificial teeth are exactly where they need to be.
If you want to be able to remove the prosthetic yourself, we also offer dental implant dentures. These dentures use dental implants instead of adhesives to stay put, but they can be easily removed for regular cleanings and for your comfort.
How Do I Take Care Of My Dental Implants?
Here’s one of the best things about dental implants: They look and feel like real teeth, and you treat them that way too! There are no special cleaning routines you have to worry about. You’ll simply brush and floss them regularly as you would with natural teeth.
You’ll also want to keep up with your routine checkups and professional cleanings to ensure that your prosthetic continues to look and feel great for years to come. In fact, with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime! They’re truly an investment in your long-term health and happiness.
If you want to replace your teeth and revive a smile you’re excited to share with the world, it’s time to get serious about dental implants. Schedule a consultation today to learn more dental implants and find out whether they’re right for you. Call us at 507-316-6444, or use our online form to request an appointment.