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 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Man admiring his new dental implants in Mankato

The dental implant process takes several months and requires multiple treatment stages. Although the journey ahead of you might seem daunting at first, keep in mind that the payoff — a stable, highly functional set of teeth — is well worth it. Here at Dr. Kalina’s office, we work with local specialists to make sure you receive the best possible care during every step of your treatment. Here is a general overview of how dental implants work in Mankato:

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Dentist at dentist, making notes during dental implant consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Kalina will thoroughly examine your mouth and learn more about your circumstances and expectations. He will evaluate things like the health of your jawbone, the state of your gums, and any lifestyle choices that might affect your treatment outcomes. Feel free to ask questions during your appointment — Dr. Kalina is always happy to speak with patients. After the exam, he will let you know if you need some preliminary treatment, such as gum disease therapy, or if it looks like you can get started with dental implants in Mankato right away.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Dr. Kalina refers patients to a trustworthy local surgeon for the implant placement surgery. This team-based approach to dental implant care ensures that you receive top-quality treatment at every stage of your dental implant journey. During the procedure, your specialist will create incisions in your gums, insert the implants at precise, pre-planned positions, and then close the incisions. You will feel little to nothing while the specialist is working; thanks to anesthesia and sedation, the surgery is quite comfortable. Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work within a day or two of their procedure.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

Close-up of person’s smile with exposed implant abutment

Osseointegration is the process through which dental implants bond with the surrounding bone, enabling them to serve as steady prosthetic tooth roots. It typically takes at least a few months. Following osseointegration, you may need to undergo a second minor surgery. Your implants will be exposed, and healing caps will be placed on them. Later, you will receive abutments, which are small attachments on top of the implants that will keep your crown, bridge, or denture in place. (Some patients are able to receive abutments at the same time as their initial implant surgery, making a second surgery unnecessary.)

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

Senior patient using mirror to admire her new dental implant restorations

You will return to Dr. Kalina, your implant dentist in Mankato, for the restoration phase of your treatment. He will take impressions of your mouth and carefully design your crown, bridge, or denture, paying great attention to detail with the goal of making sure that its size, shape, and color all promote pleasing aesthetics and reliable function. After a laboratory fabricates the restoration, he will do a quality check and attach it to your implants. Once it is in place, our team will give you some pointers on how to get started with using it before we let you go to enjoy your newly rebuilt smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Woman with dental implants in Mankato eating an apple

Dentists across the U.S. place more than 5 million dental implants each year. When you understand the many advantages they offer, it is easy to see why they are so popular. They have the potential to improve your everyday quality of life, support your oral and overall health, and provide you with decades of reliable function. Continue reading below to learn more about the remarkable benefits of dental implants in Mankato.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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Dental implants offer numerous advantages for everyday life, including:

  • Remarkable aesthetics. Kalina carefully designs implant restorations so that their size, shape, and color perfectly complement a patient’s face and blend in with the remaining natural teeth.
  • Powerful chewing ability. Dental implants are strong enough to stand up to virtually any food, including things like raw vegetables, chewy snacks, and so much more. You can even enjoy such foods without using special chewing or biting techniques.
  • Easy maintenance. In many ways, caring for dental implants in Mankato is similar to caring for natural teeth.
  • Heightened confidence. Many dental implant patients find that they are more confident when speaking and eating in public after their new teeth are in place.

Health Benefits

Woman pointing at teeth, enjoying health benefits of dental implants

Here are some of the ways in which dental implants could benefit your oral and overall health:

  • Jawbone preservation. The jawbone begins to deteriorate after the natural teeth are extracted. Dental implants act as substitute tooth roots, stimulating the bone and helping to keep it strong and whole. This helps to preserve your face’s shape.
  • Protection for your remaining natural teeth. Implants and their restorations serve as placeholders that prevent your remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place. This helps you to maintain a comfortable bite, which in turn can reduce your risk of TMD.
  • A more balanced diet. Because dental implants can enable you to eat almost anything, they allow you to easily enjoy the disease-preventing benefits of sound nutrition.

Long-Term Benefits

Happy older woman with dental implants in Mankato

You will begin to enjoy the benefits of dental implants as soon as you receive your restorations, and you can continue to reap their advantages for decades.

  • Dental implants are a consistently successful procedure. In fact, for the majority of patients, their implants are still thriving 10 years after placement. Your implants could even last an entire lifetime with proper care.
  • Save money. Dental implants cost more upfront than other forms of tooth replacement. However, they last so long that their cost per day over a few decades is usually less than a gourmet cup of coffee. They are typically a better value than dentures, which need to be replaced every 5 – 8 years or so.
  • Save time. Because dental implants are so similar to natural teeth, you will not have to spend a lot of time on maintaining them. Unlike with dentures, there will be no need for you to get your implants periodically adjusted. You will just have to visit your implant dentist in Mankato twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings.

Would you like to learn how dental implants may benefit you personally? Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kalina.

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

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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.