Dental Implants in Sartell, MN
Our teeth were designed to last us a lifetime. But the fact is, our modern lifestyles mean that the problem of missing teeth is on the rise. Most people find the statistics by the American College of Prosthodontists surprising: 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 35 million are missing all of their teeth. It is likely these numbers will continue to grow.
There are different options available to replace missing teeth, but the option that will give you teeth with the best form and function—very similar to natural teeth—is dental implants. i-Implant Dentistry offers dental implants as a safe and effective replacement for missing teeth. Find out for yourself if dental implants are a good option for you—and get both your smile and your quality of life back!
What Are Dental Implants?
Used to replace one or more teeth, dental implants are usually made of titanium and are placed into the jawbone where the root of the missing tooth would have been. The titanium post then uses a connector “abutment” on which a replacement tooth, a crown or a prosthetic tooth, can be fitted. This crown will look very much like your natural teeth. Once the implant is placed, it will integrate with your jawbone, making it a strong, unmovable alternative to your natural tooth.
What Makes Dental Implants Better Than Other Teeth Replacement Options?
There are a number of reasons why dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. The one patients usually appreciate most is that there are no activity or dietary restrictions with dental implants. Whereas dentures can shift, making eating, talking, and laughing difficult, dental implants will not move. Patients can eat all their favorite foods and participate in all the activities they normally would without restriction.
The other advantage of dental implants is something that many people don't know about. When teeth are missing, the body receives a signal that the jawbone is no longer being used in those places. This causes the jawbone to shrink “bone atrophy,” giving the face a sunken in, aged look; this is called “facial collapse.” This is a permanent condition; once the jawbone has begun to shrink, you cannot get it back. With dental implants, because of the presence of the titanium post, stimulation to the jawbone continues. Facial collapse does not happen.
Caring for Dental Implants
Taking care of your dental implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth, with routine flossing and brushing at home as well as regular trips to the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Dental implants will not develop cavities, but they can show wear and tear over the years, so it’s important to have your dentist check them regularly.
Who Should Get Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth, talk to Dr. Bassas about whether or not dental implants might be right for you. He will examine you to find out if your mouth is healthy enough for dental implants. Almost anyone who is missing one or more teeth should consider getting implants.
Dr. Bassas is a specialist who has successfully placed dental implants in hundreds of patients. As a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, he has passed a rigorous board-certification process passed by approximately 400 dentists. This rare title means patients are in the hands of one of the best when it comes to dental implant and bone grafting procedures.
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