Tooth decay and tooth loss are the worst. Tooth decay starts when acid-creating bacteria attack the tooth enamel and wear it down. This leads to cavities and eventual tooth loss.
Dental implants are one of the best and most popular techniques for replacing missing teeth. They can prove to be a permanent solution for problems such as shifting teeth, biting and chewing problems, and restoring your facial structure.
At Riverrock DDS In Shakopee, MN, we strive to provide state-of-the-art dental implant solutions.
Dental implants refer to artificial teeth specifically designed to replace your missing teeth. They are one of the only long-lasting solutions to replacing missing teeth.
If you are looking to opt for a dental implant, it behooves you to know the types of dental implants available. Because implants will act as a long-term solution to your missing teeth, it is important to know the best type for you.
When you are missing more than one tooth, a bridge-supported dental implant is your best option. This dental implant uses two implants on either side of your missing teeth gap to create a bridge and place an artificial tooth in between.
The single-tooth dental implant is the most common type of dental implant and the most popular, too. It is exceptionally convenient for replacing one missing tooth as it requires the installation of a single titanium post, creating an abutment for one crown. A single-tooth dental implant replaces a missing tooth from the crown to the root of your jawbone.
If you have multiple missing teeth and want a reliable solution, the All-on-4 dental implants may be recommended. This treatment can fully restore either your upper or lower jaw, or even both.
The All-on-4 implants offer a permanent solution, but the overdenture can still be taken out for regular cleaning and dental check-ups.
While dental implants are an excellent solution for missing teeth, it is crucial for a dentist to ascertain whether a patient is eligible for implants.
There are certain ways a dentist can determine whether getting dental implants is the best treatment option for you.
Missing teeth are now common among all age groups, whether young or old. Since dental implants require installation in the jawbone, the entire facial structure must be developed entirely to perform a dental implant procedure.
As a result, implants are not recommended for people whose bone and facial structure are still growing and developing. This typically includes people below 16 to 18 years of age.
When you lose a tooth, the missing gap’s bone structure loses its ability to exercise. This results in loss of jawbone density, which can create difficulties while installing a dental implant.
Loss of the tooth causes rapid deterioration of the jawbone. If a long period has passed since losing your tooth, it can be challenging for the dentist to find enough bone to insert the implant.
Along with jawbone density, it is vital to have healthy gums to be considered an eligible candidate for dental implants. Gum tissues are essential for supporting dental implants and giving the artificial tooth a cushion to rest on.
People who regularly use tobacco and alcohol are at risk of periodontal diseases, which can lead to the degradation and loss of gum tissues. If you are planning to opt for a dental implant, it is best to abstain from unhealthy dental habits and be diligent with your oral health.
People suffering from health complications such as Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and auto-immune diseases are advised against receiving dental implants. This is because these health conditions negatively impact the jawbone, making the patient ineligible for a dental implant.
The average cost of dental implants per tooth comes to about $3000 to $4500. This cost estimate includes everything from the beginning to the end of the procedure. RiverRock DDS offers a great dental plan for all our patients, so you can get your new smile in an affordable way!
Dr. Nathan Hanson completed his dental studies at the University of Minnesota. He developed a passion for dentistry thanks to his love of interaction with patients. Dr. Hanson stays up-to-date with current and developing dental practices through continuing education.
Dr. Tood Christianson graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2008 and has since kept himself informed about the best dental care and practices to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry.