Dental Implants - Shakopee, MN
Dental implants may be a solution if you have missing or damaged teeth. If you’re looking to avoid joint pain, biting and chewing problems, shifting teeth, and heightened dietary and digestion issues, dental implants may be the resolution to fix these concerns, plus restore or enhance facial tissue. Aesthetically, dental implants can improve your winning smile. If cared for properly, they can last a lifetime.
Best of all, dental implants feel and look like natural teeth. Todd Christianson, DDS, an active member in the American Dental Association, specializes in this procedure and can help with your dental implant needs.
How does the dental implant procedure work?
Our doctor will use titanium as a post, which serves as the root replacement portion where the natural tooth would usually be found. Why do we use titanium? Because titanium naturally fuses with natural bones all over your body. In this case, titanium would be used to fuse with your jawbone.
After completing the titanium process, one of our dental specialists would then create a restoration (abutment) on top of the root area that looks and feels the way a regular tooth would. Dental implants (or crowns) can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. If only one tooth is problematic, the focus will solely be on that one.
It is highly recommended to have implant procedure before additional adjacent teeth naturally try to shift to make up for the impacted tooth. When these teeth shift, you risk losing a tooth or the threat of gum damage in a gaping spot. During your initial consultation, you will receive confirmation about the status of all of your teeth in the impacted area.
Additionally, dental implants are a common technique to secure dentures into place.
Are dental implants common?
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) confirms that modern dental implants have been completed successfully for more than 30 years. Approximately three million people in the United States have implants, with an increase of 500,000 annually.