Whether it’s just one or several teeth you’re missing, their absence causes a real problem. Beyond the most evident issues — difficulty speaking, chewing and a reluctance to smile or laugh — missing teeth has even more serious effects on your overall dental health. Many people are willing to sacrifice a back tooth, thinking the front teeth most important esthetically. What they don’t know is the back teeth preserve facial structure. Lose back teeth and your cheeks begin to cave in – making you look older than you are! Functionally, the back teeth are designed to tackle the bulk of the chewing. Without them the front teeth wear down, possibly loosen, and even fracture as a result of pressures they are not designed to withstand. You have a lot of options in tooth replacement, but dental implants in Mankato are the best solution for several reasons — read on to learn why.
What Are Dental Implants?
Unlike bridges or removable dentures, dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth that replaces more than just the tooth crown — the part you see in the mirror. Dental implants also replace your tooth’s root. That’s important because the bone that supports the teeth (and our facial structures) need stimulation. Without it, bone begins to disintegrate. Because the tooth’s root provides the crucial stimulation in your mouth, replacing it is an important step in preventing further bone and tooth loss. Dental implants truly are the closest we can get to a natural tooth replacement.
The dental implant is made of titanium, a material which your body accepts and is used in most joint replacements. The post (root portion) of the implant is surgically placed in the jaw and allowed to heal for a period of two to six months, during which a temporary tooth replacement can be used. Once the implant has healed completely, your dentist will permanently secure the crown portion of your implant. The result? A strong, sturdy smile that can last you a lifetime.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Two conditions are necessary for dental implants. First, you need to have adequate existing jaw bone to accommodate the implant. Second, you need to be in good oral health overall — serious cases of gum disease, for example, can inhibit an implant’s success. Dr. Kalina will perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether implants are a good option for you. If so, he will customize a treatment plan just for you.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
If cared for properly, your dental implants can last a lifetime. Removable dentures and partials must be refitted numerous times over the lifetime of the wearer due to the continual bone loss associated with the missing “root” portion of the tooth. Implants are maintained just like your natural teeth – brush and floss daily and see your dentist regularly. Another bonus….implants cannot get cavities!!!
Call Us Today
If you are missing teeth, call us for a consultation. By scheduling your appointment today, you’ll put yourself on the road to achieving the strong, healthy smile you want and deserve.