A dental implant is a permanent replacement for a tooth root. It is surgically implanted by a specialist. It is placed below the gumline, so it is completely hidden and fuses with your jaw bone. It is then used to anchor a replacement crown, bridge, or a denture.
Your remaining teeth may shift to fill the gap. That will put them out of proper alignment and make your bite misaligned. A misaligned bite can cause misaligned jaw joints which has the name of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and a long list of painful symptoms. You may incur future dental bills to treat it and to restore good alignment to your teeth. That will be unnecessary if you act early and fill the gap before changes occur. Once a gap is filled with a dental implant and a replacement tooth, you need only give it good daily hygiene as you do for your natural teeth.
Dental implants are permanent and usually need no replacement. The replacement tooth or bridge that is attached to the implant may be replaced if it becomes damaged, but this should not affect the implant itself.
Some people cannot have dental implants. The best candidates are people who are in good overall health and have adequate depth and thickness of jaw bone to hold the implant. In some cases, a bone graft can be done if the jawbone is too thin or short.During your initial consultation Dr. Raymond will be happy to answer all your questions and help you decide if dental implants are a good solution for you. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment in the Minneapolis and Golden Valley, Minnesota area.
Valley Square Office Center
7575 Golden Valley Rd – STE 240
Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427