Highland Park St. Paul Dental Implants Dentist Discusses Versatility of Implants

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Mar 10, 2015

As traumatic as losing a tooth can be, the positive news is that advances in dentistry now leave you with more options to replace a missing tooth than ever before. One particular option that is quickly becoming the replacement method of choice is the dental implant.

Dental implants are designed to integrate into your jawbone, providing a solid foundation – actually a replacement for the natural root of your tooth – which is provided by a small titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone.

When the dental implant is first placed by the dentist, the tissue around the implant will gradually integrate with the implant itself, a process known as osseointegration. This process will ultimately form a strong structure that acts as a new root for your tooth. This is the solid foundation that will form the base for a natural-looking dental restoration.

Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. Dental implants are an outstanding tooth replacement when used alone. But they can also perform the function of helping to add stability to existing bridges or dentures.

The team at our Highland Park St. Paul Dental Implants Dentist office can place dental implants strategically to create a sound foundation for bridges and dentures. Even though a bridge may stay in place, it can cause unnecessary structural stress and strain on your natural teeth. When combined with a dental implant, the bridge stays in place with dental implant sharing the load. This not only ensures a comfortable fit but takes the pressure off your healthy, natural teeth.

Another similar use for dental implants is placing them strategically to provide stability for dentures, improving their overall comfort and functionality. Dental implants are a versatile tooth-replacement option providing strength for a natural-looking restoration.