Restorative Dentistry |3 min read

What You Should Know About Dental Implants [VIDEO]

Restorative dentistry allows you to restore your smile’s appearance and function to get your smile back.

Today, I’d like to share with you some information on one of the most popular treatments for replacing one or more teeth: dental implants.

How long have dental implants been around?

Dental implants have been developed, improved, honed, and somewhat perfected for decades now. They’re a routine part of everyday dentistry.

There are wonderful implant options available today. This includes restoring:

  • The space left behind by a single missing tooth
  • A short span of missing teeth using implants to create a dental bridge
  • An entire upper or lower arch of teeth

What are dental implants made of?

Dental implants may be made of Titanium or Zirconia.

Regardless of the material used, their purpose is to replace the root of a tooth as anatomically and positionally as possible.

These materials are biocompatible to the surrounding bone, and they encourage healing to or integration with the bone.

That is especially important because as the implants heal, they fuse with your jawbone to become one fully functioning unit.

Once the healing process is complete, we can attach restorations to this strong foundation, such as:

Woman smiling holding model of dental implants

Benefits of dental implants

Using a dental implant to replace a missing tooth between two natural teeth would ultimately preserve your smile. If an implant wasn’t available, you’d need a bridge, which would require me to alter your natural tooth structure.

Another major benefit of dental implants is their ability to help avoid the typical bone and soft tissue loss after a tooth extraction, which occurs during healing shrinkage. This benefits the area where a tooth is to be removed by getting an implant placed in the area as soon as it is clinically possible. The healing shrinkage doesn’t occur because the healing is to the implant, and there is no collapse upon healing that can affect the “geography” around adjacent teeth.

Even in areas where a tooth has been missing for some time, implant placement can stop ongoing long-term bone and soft tissue loss.

As opposed to bridges, where teeth are attached to each other to span an area of missing teeth, implants replacing those areas are like individual teeth and can be cleaned and flossed like real teeth. Dental hygiene is typically a much easier task around individual implants versus dental bridges.

With the increase in medical procedures to replace knees, hips, shoulders, and ankles, it’s only logical that dental implants have been developed and used as routine replacements of teeth!

Want to learn more about dental implants?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out!

I’d be more than happy to answer your questions about dental implants in North Oaks, MN.

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