St. Paul, Minneapolis Dental Implants Office

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Oct 9, 2012

Dental implants are a great option to the methods available to replace missing teeth at St. Paul Dental Implants Office.  It used to be that a patient had limited options to replace missing teeth. Now we can offer dental implants that look natural and leave you with a beautiful and healthy smile.

What Problems do Missing Teeth Create?

Tooth alignment is one of the most significant problems associated with tooth loss. You may not realize it, but your teeth are constantly shifting, and even one missing tooth may cause the rest of your teeth to move out of their proper position. When a tooth is missing, this constant shifting of teeth may cause other surrounding teeth to drift into the empty space, creating a domino effect, leaving your bite severely misaligned. When your teeth are poorly aligned, you face the potential of these other oral health issues:
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Teeth grinding
  • Premature wear
Missing teeth can also lead to the breakdown of the function of your jawbone. Normally, the roots of your teeth help to stimulate bone growth in the jaw as you chew. When you have missing teeth, the bone may start to deteriorate over time. This deterioration can change your bite and ultimately lead to changing the shape of your face and your appearance.

But with advances in modern dentistry you do have options to prevent these long-term negative effects of tooth loss. Dental implants are the answer for many patients seeking to replace missing teeth to keep their bite intact.

Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants

Dental implants are widely used in modern dentistry since they can be used to replace even a single missing tooth. Dental implants do not require the restructuring of adjacent teeth so that they can act as anchors for crowns or bridges.

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 by your St. Paul, Minneapolis Dental Implants Office, restoring your smile. Advances in modern dentistry have created a replacement that is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth.