Do missing teeth make you hide your mouth instead of flashing a big spontaneous smile when you meet someone new? Do you have pain or difficulty chewing or find it challenging to say certain words?
At Woodbury Dental Care, we offer dental implants to replace missing teeth so that you can smile confidently again.
Whether you need to replace one tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants are a stable, secure, and long-lasting solution.
What Dental Implants Do for Your Smile
Dental implants are a unique tooth replacement because they restore your smile's aesthetics and help you maintain excellent oral health. Placing an implant in the location of the missing tooth is also beneficial because it prevents surrounding teeth from becoming mobile and moving out of alignment.
Since the titanium implant integrates with and becomes part of the jawbone, it helps prevent the bone loss that occurs after tooth loss. And because an implant is a standalone tooth replacement, it doesn’t put stress on surrounding healthy teeth as a dental bridge does.
The Process for Getting a Dental Implant
Our experienced dentists place and restore implants at Woodbury Dental Care so that you don’t have to visit a specialist. You benefit from continuity of care and can be assured that you will receive the same excellence in dentistry you have come to expect from us.
Planning Implant Placement
When we plan implant placement, we use leading-edge 3-D cone beam scanning technology to view the structures of your mouth and determine the optimal location to place the implant.
Performing Dental Implant Surgery
An implant consists of three pieces: the implant post, the abutment, and the tooth restoration. The titanium implant post is placed surgically in the jawbone and replaces the lost tooth root. Since we map out the optimal location for implant placement, the procedure is straightforward and takes a little over an hour.
Waiting for Implant Healing
As the implant heals over several months, it integrates with surrounding bone and tissue. This process is called osseointegration, and when it's complete, the dentist attaches the abutment, which connects the implant to the tooth restoration.
Restoring Function and Appearance
The restoration is the portion of the implant that shows when you smile and allows you to chew comfortably. We restore a single implant with a dental crown, and multiple implants support dental bridges and implant dentures.
Is a Dental Implant Right for You?
The main requirement for getting an implant is a strong, healthy jawbone that will provide a solid foundation for the implant post. If we find that the bone isn’t sufficient, we offer bone grafting to supplement the bone so you can get an implant in the future.
Getting a dental implant is a big decision, and we want you to be comfortable with the process before we proceed. Our dentists will take all the time you need to answer your questions and help you decide if a dental implant is right for you.
If you are ready to learn more, please call our Woodbury, MN, dental office to schedule a dental implant consultation to learn more.