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Dental implants are one of the best methods available for replacing missing teeth. In the past, you had limited choices for tooth replacement, but at our St. Paul Dental Implants Office, we now provide you with the option of dental implants to help preserve your oral health while restoring function and beauty.

Why Are Missing Teeth a Problem?

The major problem created by missing teeth is that surrounding teeth can become crooked. Even one missing tooth can alter the alignment of the rest of your teeth and cause them to move out of their proper position.

This happens because a missing tooth allows surrounding teeth to drift into the empty space. In turn, this creates a domino effect and can leave you with severe alignment issues. When teeth are crooked, you face these other oral health issues as well:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Premature wear
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
Missing teeth can cause other problems such as deterioration of your jawbone. When you have all your teeth, the roots help stimulate growth of the bone in the jaw as you chew.

When teeth are missing, the bone can deteriorate over time. This can change your dental bite and, if not treated by your dentist, cause a change in the shape of your face and your appearance.

How do you Replace Teeth With Implants?

Dental implants are widely used in modern dentistry since they can replace a single or multiple missing teeth, and they do not require alteration of adjacent teeth like dental crowns do. Dental implants are set directly into the jaw bone and, over a period of time, the dental implant bonds with the bone.

A dental crown is then placed over the root portion of the implant at our St. Paul Dental Implants Office. Advances in modern dentistry have created a replacement that enhances your oral health as well as your appearance.

Please contact us to learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit your situation. 

Advances in modern dental technology have completely changed the way our St. Paul Dental Implants Dentist approaches certain aspects of dentistry. Techniques and materials not only open new areas of treatment in general and restorative dentistry, but greatly enhance your comfort and recovery time. Dental implants are one example of a relatively new treatment made possible because of these advancements in technology.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that acts as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Although they may seem like a recent innovation, dental implants have actually had FDA and ADA (American Dental Association) approval for over 25 years! The bio-compatible properties of titanium allow the implant to integrate naturally with bone and tissue in your jaw, creating a sound structure for the replacement tooth.
 
Why should I consider dental implants?

  • During the 25 years that dentists in the U.S. have been using dental implants they have proven to be extremely reliable and durable.
  • Implants are free-standing; they do not depend on neighboring natural teeth for support.
  • Even though implant restorations look and act exactly like your natural teeth, they will not decay.
  • Dental implant patients report that they are virtually pain-free after placement.
  • Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage can cause your face to have a sunken appearance, making you look older than you are.
  • Unlike a bridge or crown, there are no “loose” parts to worry about.  Dental implants are stable and comfortable with no adjustment required after placement. Experience proves that dental implants normally last for decades, possibly a lifetime.

Who places the dental implants?

We are specialists in the placement of dental implants, with significantly more experience in implant placement than a general dentist. A dentist with limited experience in this area may choose to do only the restoration (crown) portion of the implant. The St. Paul Dental Implants Dentist has additional education and experience in this area, and can handle all steps of dental implant placement, from implantation to the finished restoration.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of bone available for placement of the implant.

Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to have dental implants placed.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of dental implants, please contact our dentist office to set up a convenient consultation to discuss your situation. At that time we can help you decide if dental implants are a viable solution for you.

Dental implants are a convenient, functional permanent tooth replacement option. Unlike dentures and some bridges, dental implants it is not necessary to remove them to maintain proper oral hygiene. Patients with dental implants provided by Highland Park St.Paul Dental Implants Dentist are able to care for them with regular brushing and flossing in the same way they would care for their natural teeth,

With proper care your dental implants can last for decades. However there are certain steps you should take to preserve the longevity of your dental implant. Remember that, despite the inherent strength of the implant itself, care should be taken to protect the exposed dental restoration.

Here are some things to be aware of if you have dental implants:

Teeth grinding

Grinding or clenching of teeth (also known as Bruxism) puts unnecessary strain on dental implants, causing the restoration to wear down prematurely. Many people grind their teeth in their sleep and may not even be aware that they’re doing it. If you wake up with soreness in your jaw or tooth pain, it may be an indication that you’re suffering from bruxism. Our dentist can assess your situation and help you find an appropriate solution.

Chewing Hard Foods

Chewing hard foods like hard candies or ice creates stress on your natural teeth and your dental restorations. If you do regularly eat hard candies or chew on ice, you risk chipping or cracking your crowns.

Use of Tobacco Products

Tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco will cause your natural teeth and your restorations to discolor over time. Dental implants as well as natural enamel can take on a dark, stained appearance from habitual tobacco use.

Dental implants are a practical, long-term tooth replacement option, and with proper care they will serve you well for many years to come. Before you choose dental implants, take the time to minimize bad dental habits and treat bruxism. Our Highland Park St. Paul Dental Implants Dentist can help you understand how the treatment process works and whether or not dental implants are the right option for you.

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