Dental Implants — Mankato, MN

A Stable Solution for a Renewed Smile

X-ray diagram of a dental implant in Mankato

If you have lost one or more teeth, Dr. Kalina may be able to fill in the gaps in your smile with the help of dental implants in Mankato. Dental implants are a remarkable tooth replacement solution because unlike alternative treatments, they rebuild lost teeth from the roots up. If you are interested in finding out whether this potentially life-changing treatment is right for you, get in touch with our team today to schedule your consultation.

Why Choose Dr. James J. Kalina For Dental Implants?

  • #1 Partnered with Local Specialists for the Best Possible Treatment
  • #2 Permanently Replace Any Number of Missing Teeth
  • #3 High-Quality Materials Utilized for Natural-Looking and Long-Lasting Results

What Are Dental Implants?

Model tooth next to a dental implant in Mankato for comparison

A dental implant is a small titanium post. They’re designed to be inserted directly into a patient’s jawbone, which effectively replaces the missing tooth’s roots. Other tooth loss solutions like dentures and dental bridges only replace the portion of missing teeth above the gumline, making them far less comfortable and functional. On top of a dental implant sits a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture that seamlessly replaces any number of missing teeth.

By imitating the entire structure of a missing tooth from the roots up, dental implants offer a prosthetic that closely mimics nature. The result? Dental implant patients enjoy restored function, which allows a healthy diet of hard-to-chew foods. Additionally, the jawbone continues to be stimulated, which prevents deterioration, further tooth loss, and oral health issues. Strong and secure, your new smile will boost your confidence, enhance your appearance, and improve your quality of life.

The Dental Implant Process

Man admiring his new dental implants in Mankato

Dr. Kalina refers patients to a trustworthy local surgeon for the implant placement surgery. Then, once your implants have bonded with your jawbone, you will return to Dr. Kalina to have your implants restored. This team-based approach to dental implant care ensures that you receive top-quality treatment at every stage of your dental implant journey, all the way from your initial consultation until the wonderful moment when you receive your final restoration.

After a thorough evaluation, your Dr. Kalina can tell you whether you’re a candidate for dental implants. They require adequate bone structure for placement. The first stage of the procedure involves oral surgery in which a specialist places a titanium post into the jawbone for each missing tooth or for the new teeth that will anchor a bridge or denture. Nature will take its course, allowing your bone tissue to fuse with the titanium post. This creates a solid foundation.

Once the implants are secured, Dr. Kalina will attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Woman with dental implants in Mankato eating an apple

Dental implants offer many outstanding benefits, like:

  • They have the potential to last for 30 years or longer.
  • They are extremely stable and can be as functional as natural teeth.
  • Dental implant restorations closely resemble natural teeth. Dr. Kalina takes great care to design restorations that complement a patient’s natural facial aesthetics.
  • Because dental implants are anchored in the jaw, they help to support and preserve jawbone health.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Dentist showing patient a model dental implant in Mankato

Candidates for dental implants have enough bone density and height in their jaw to support the implants. They are also free of any health conditions that might jeopardize their ability to heal well after the implant placement surgery. Ideal candidates are also non-smokers. If you are not currently a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Kalina and his colleagues may be able to help you become a candidate in the future.

Dental implants are a versatile treatment. Whether you are missing one tooth, a few teeth, or even all of your teeth, they may be an appropriate solution for you.

Missing 1 Tooth

To replace just a single tooth, you will receive one dental implant. After the implant is in place, it will bond with the surrounding bone over the course of several months in a process known as osseointegration. Following osseointegration, Dr. Kalina will place a single crown on top of the implant.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If your missing teeth are all adjacent to one another, you may benefit from an implant bridge. This type of prosthetic is similar to a traditional fixed bridge, but instead of requiring the support of your remaining natural teeth, it gains all of its strength from dental implants, which get placed at each end of the gap.

Missing All Teeth

There are two implant options available for completely edentulous (missing all teeth) patients. Dr. Kalina, may recommend a fixed implant bridge that spans the entire arch. It is permanently fixed in place and only removed when necessary for cleaning or examination. Or he may recommend an implant overdenture. This type of prosthetic can be removable and simply “snap” onto and off of implants with the help of small attachments.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Model implant and money stack symbolizing cost of dental implants in Mankato

The cost of your dental implant procedure will depend on how many dental implants you require, and the extent of any preparatory treatment that you might need. Our team will strive to give you an accurate estimate of the fees involved. We can also help you to apply for financing if necessary. Although dental implants may present a higher upfront cost than other tooth replacement options, their longevity and the many other benefits they offer make them a truly worthwhile investment.

Dental Implant FAQs

Diagram of how dental implants in Mankato are placed

Dental implants in Mankato may sound like an appealing treatment, but you likely still want to learn more about them. That is why we have compiled the following list of questions that our patients frequently ask about them. If you do not see the information you were hoping for, you are welcome to contact us so we can personally tell you everything you would like to know about this innovative tooth replacement solution.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Both your surgeon and Dr. Kalina will make efforts to ensure you are as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment journey. After your implant placement surgery, you may experience some soreness for a while. However, most people who receive dental implants remark that the surgery was much easier than they anticipated. In most cases, patients are able to return to work the day after their implants are placed.

How Long Does It Take To Get Dental Implants?

The treatment timeline varies from patient to patient. It depends on how much preparatory treatment you need, the type of implant procedure you are undergoing, and other factors. You can expect your dental implant journey to last for at least several months from beginning to end.

Can Dental Implants Fail?

Complications with dental implants are rare, but they are possible due to a number of reasons. The most common reason for dental implant failure is an infection known as peri-implantitis, which is when harmful bacteria invade the tissue around an implant. As the infection progresses, it compromises the implant’s base of support. Other possible reasons for dental implant failure include trauma and osseointegration failure.

If you ever suspect that there is a problem with your dental implants, contact Dr. Kalina immediately. If an issue is caught early enough, it might be possible to salvage the implants.

Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants

Man brushing his dental implants in Mankato

Caring for dental implants is very similar to caring for natural teeth and is equally important.  You must stick to a thorough oral hygiene routine to keep your risk of infection to a minimum. A low-abrasive toothpaste is best for cleaning prosthetic teeth because it is unlikely to scratch your new teeth. You should also visit your dentist in Mankato for recommended checkups and cleanings.