Dental Implants: Your Solution for Missing Teeth

When you are faced with a missing tooth, there are a few options you can consider to restore your smile. Modern dental prosthetics offer a variety of viable solutions for people, regardless of age or budget.

Many people choose dental implants because they provide a high-quality, lasting solution to missing teeth. No more embarrassment. You will achieve a beautiful, top-of-the-line result and care-free function that can last for the rest of your life!

 

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What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium, that is surgically placed below the gums into the jawbone. The implant is carefully and skillfully placed into the jaw where the natural root would have been. It is then left to integrate with the jawbone.

Once integrated, a crown, bridge, or denture is fixed onto the implant. Because the implant fuses to your bone, dental implant restorations feel and function more like natural teeth. Some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes, such as a bridge or dentures.

 

Why Titanium?

Titanium is used in this dental process as it is lightweight, durable, reliable, and it’s biocompatible. This means your body does not reject titanium, so both titanium and titanium alloy are used widely throughout bone implants. 

Integration of the dental implant and jawbone allows for crowns, bridges, or dentures to fix onto the implant. This type of dental reconstruction functions as a permanent, aesthetically pleasing, alternative for natural teeth.

 

Dental Implants are used for:

  • Replacing a single missing tooth
  • Replacing multiple missing teeth in conjunction with a bridge
  • Replacing all teeth using bridges or dentures

Not only can dental implants replace a lost tooth or teeth, but they also help the shape and density of the jawbone by supporting the facial structure and soft tissues around the gums, cheeks, and lips.

The functionality of implants help you to eat, chew, and have a natural-looking smile.

 

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Are Dental Implants the Right Choice for You?

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Before considering whether or not you may need dental implants, ask yourself these four questions:

  1. Do you have broken or cracked teeth?
  2. Do you have a tooth with significant decay?
  3. Are fillings or crowns not staying in place?
  4. Do you currently use partial or full dentures?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, it might be time to speak with your dentist about dental implants. Read our guide about life before and after dental implants.

If there is not adequate bone to support implants (the bone is too thin, soft, or not enough) you may need to have a bone graft. Bone grafts are routine procedures that generate more bone in a particular region that aid an implant placement.

A thorough consultation with your dentist will be done before any procedures to see precisely which tooth replacement solution is best for you. These evaluations may include X-rays and CT scans to check bone density, as well as to look at oral hygiene, tissues, personal habits, and commitment to oral care after the procedure.

Check out 5 myths about dental implants, plus facts about how they work, look, and feel.




 

Price of Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants depends on multiple factors:

  • Type of Implantation
  • Dentist Performing the Procedure
  • Location
  • Material
  • Dental Insurance

While it’s known that implants are more expensive than their alternatives of dentures and bridges, it’s likely that you may only need to have this procedure once in your lifetime.

Pricing varies on a case-to-case basis, but the average cost per-tooth ranges from $3,000 to $4,000. Although, if you’re considering a partial or full-mouth reconstruction, the cost can increase from $15,000 to $30,000. Again, it’s important to note that you most likely won’t need to have this procedure repeated, as they have the potential to last a lifetime.

Learn more about our payment methods which include flexible financing, extended payments, and our dental savings program.  

 

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are a restoration process done by a dental team. They will assess and plan for the placement of a titanium post, abutment post, and an artificial tooth over the course of two to eight months.

Implants do require surgery, and we understand that there can be some anxiety associated with dental work. At Boger Dental, we offer sedation dentistry which includes:

  • Inhalation Sedation (Nitrous Oxide)
  • Oral Sedation (Valium, Halcion)
  • IV Sedation (Conscious Sedation)


Before your surgery, we suggest trying these these seven tips for calming dental anxiety.

 

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"I had a semi-emergency and he got me in right away the same day. He actually came back to work after he had left for the day just to help me. Now that's great patient care! The procedure was painless, quick, and perfect. I highly recommend Boger Dental to everyone. The staff is always pleasant, helpful, and cheerful." - Elizabeth D

 

Three Options for Tooth Replacement

    1. Single Tooth Replacement: This is for those who only need one tooth replaced. An implant is fused to the bone, and then an abutment is added to attach the implant to a custom crown. Once the crown is in place, the tooth is nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

    2. Fixed Multiple Tooth Replacement: Similar to a single tooth replacement, the post and abutments are implanted on multiple teeth, which later attach to artificial teeth in a series of custom bridges. Afterward, the custom crowns or bridgework will match your natural teeth.

    3. Implant-Supported Denture: An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. 
       

  

 



 

Dental Implant Process

Although the process is unique to each situation, here are five basic steps:

  1. Tooth Extraction: A dentist will remove remaining broken or cracked portions of the tooth to provide space for your dental implant.
  2. Bone Graft (if necessary): Bone grafts are needed when there is a lack of adequate bone structure.
  3. Dental Implant Placement: A dentist will secure your dental implant beneath your gums and into your jawbone to allow for integration. After placement of the implant, it takes several months for the jaw to heal correctly.
  4. Abutment Placement: An abutment will screw into the crown and is the supporting structure from the implant that allows a crown to attach.
  5. Crown Placement: After a few weeks of healing, your crown will be attached to the abutment.

 

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Taking Care of Your Implants

Implants offer a long-term investment that is worth smiling about, but there are a few health guidelines you’ll want to follow after surgery.

Two Weeks After Surgery: You’ll want to stick to softer foods for the first couple of weeks. There are lots of options out there, so you don’t have to eat ice cream 24/7. Always remember that even if you’re not hungry, you still need nutrition to help with healing.

Long-Term: Make sure that you keep up with your oral hygiene routine – brushing, flossing, and fluoride rinses are ways to ensure your implants last.  

 

5 Tips for Maintaining Dental Implants

The majority of dental implants are successful, with a success rate of 95-98%, the Mayo Clinic states, “[dental implant] problems are rare [...] and when they do occur they’re usually minor and easily treated.”

Here are five tips to help keep your dental implants from failing:

  1. Find the Right Dentist: Having the right dentist help you through the dental implant process is essential.
  2. Have Good Oral Hygiene: Keeping up with a healthy routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once daily can help clean around your implant. Try interdental brushes or brushes that slide in between teeth.
  3. Quit Smoking: Smoking is not suitable for oral hygiene, as it can weaken the bone structure and lead toward the failure of the implant.
  4. Cleaning and Exams are Important: Visiting your dentist regularly will ensure implants are in proper condition.
  5. Avoid chewy or hard foods: Chewing on food items like ice or hard candy is detrimental to artificial teeth, as they can potentially break crowns and chip natural teeth.

 

 


 

Advantages of Having Dental Implants Done by Boger Dental

Along with our list of services, we are pleased to offer dental implants at Boger Dental. There are quite a few advantages of having implants done here:

  • Receive care by dentists with aesthetic expertise in restorative and cosmetic dentistry
  • Continuity of care at a single office and fewer office visits
  • Dental sedation options available

Beyond the advantages, when you journey through your dental implant process with us, you won’t need to go to a specialist, as every step is done in our Plymouth, MN facility. You’ll be able to include the permanent solutions into your long-term dental plan and budget.

Finally, our experience and expertise in restorative and cosmetic dentistry is sure to bring you the results you desire—both in functionality and aesthetics. You’ll be on your way to smiling brighter when you choose the professionals at Boger Dental to be your dental implant specialists.

 

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Want to learn more about tooth replacement solutions?

To learn more about tooth replacement solutions and to see if dental implants are right for you, please request a consultation online. If you'd rather speak on the phone, call (763) 546-7707. If you prefer email, drop us a line at patientcare@bogerdental.com and we'll be happy to help!

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