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.

Are dental implants safe?

It is imperative that a procedure such as this be administered by a professionally trained and experienced dental implant specialist. When done correctly, dental implant surgery is effective and one of the safest ways to handle tooth repair.

This procedure is the sole dental restoration procedure that both stimulates bone growth and preserves the natural bone.

Do dental implants hurt during or afterward?

Every patient is different. The sedation process removes pain during the procedure. Once the dental implant procedure is complete, ideally any kind of discomfort or small bruising is minimal.

How much do dental implants cost?

Our RiverRock Dental Care Team will provide financial information about all of the typical procedures that will need to be made in order to receive dental implant care. Each procedure may be on a case-by-case basis and highly dependent on your current teeth status. Handling an immediate dental implant procedure immediately may save you from future, more expensive procedures later.

Implant Retained Dentures

When you have lost your natural teeth, a variety of complications can arise that impact your physical and emotional health – beyond just your smile. You may find it difficult to speak clearly or chew your favorite foods. You may be embarrassed and may try to hide your smile from others. You may also experience shifting among your remaining teeth, causing additional discomfort in your mouth and jaw, possibly leading to muscular issues or headaches. Dentures are an important part of restoring your smile’s appearance, but they can pose challenges for some. Implant retained dentures can replace both upper and lower teeth, giving you a secure, natural-looking option that is not only more comfortable but also more convenient than traditional dentures.

Improved Confidence: Implant retained dentures look and feel more like natural teeth. Dentures held in place by implants do not move, unless you actively take steps to move it. Normally, when dentures are used without implants, the bone changes shape and the dentures become loose over about 5-10 years. When this happens the denture should be altered or replaced. This can get expensive and most people do not want to continually add adhesives and worry about dentures becoming loose and not able to eat the foods they once loved.

Stability During Eating: Thanks to multiple secure anchor points, implant retained dentures are less likely to shift in your mouth when you eat. You can enjoy all the foods that you love!

Improved Esthetics: Implant retained dentures are customized to fit the natural look of your face and smile. Cost? Implant retained dentures are more affordable than you may think, and may provide long-term savings when it comes to giving you a more permanent solution to missing teeth. Call us to set up a no charge implant consultation and we would be happy to go over the many options that we offer.

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