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Implants Make Eating Your Favorite Foods Seamless Again!

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We understand patients want to bite into an apple, a tender steak, or a handful of almonds without worry of their teeth shifting or falling out. Not only can dental implants do exactly that, but they can protect your overall health for the long-term as well. Instead of leaving yourself more vulnerable to gum disease, shifting teeth, and a poor bite, you can get a permanent solution to tooth replacement from Dr. Gerald Torgeson and his team.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Because dental implants are meant to replace the tooth all the way down to the root, it fully restores the same functions you had when your natural tooth was present. That doesn’t only mean you can eat all the foods you used to and visit your favorite restaurants without any issues. It means your implant will have a strong and firm base to rely on once it’s fully integrated with your jaw and gum tissue. No more dealing with denture adhesive or worrying about loose dentures.

Of course, with natural function comes a natural appearance, so your friends and family won’t be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and your implants. Because dental implants have a very high success rate, typically reaching 98 percent after a 10-year period, you can feel confident knowing your implant can handle daily use. Just make sure to practice routine oral care and visit your dentist regularly!

Indications for Dental Implants

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Patients missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch can benefit from implants. Here’s how your implant dentist makes it happen.

Missing Single Tooth

To replace a single tooth, your dentist only needs a single implant and an implant-retained restoration to rebuild your smile. Once they’ve placed the implant and allowed the area to bond with your jawbone, the dentist will create a restoration that perfectly blends in with your smile in color, shape, and size, making it appear as natural as possible.

Missing Multiple Teeth

When replacing consecutive teeth, particularly teeth that are adjacent of each other, your dentist will utilize two implants fitted with a dental bridge on top. This restoration uses the implants as an anchor, rather than neighboring teeth to hold it in place.

Missing All Teeth

If you’re used to wearing a denture, your dentist will utilize four to six dental implants to replace an entire arch of teeth. This way, you don’t have to worry about replacing each individual tooth with its own implant.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Every patient’s dental implant treatment cost will vary depending on their needs. For example, those who intend on replacing multiple teeth versus a single tooth will pay more, both for the number of implants needed and the type of restoration used. Furthermore, the cost of surgery, the abutment connecting the restoration and implant together, and any other preparatory treatments needed to place the implant confidently will influence cost. Regardless, investing in implants is one of the most cost-effective solutions you can choose compared to other replacement methods thanks to the longevity and durability dental implants provide. To find out if dental implants are right for you, contact our office today for a consultation.

Start-to-Finish Implant Treatment

If you need any preparatory procedures such as bone grafting, tooth extractions, or gum disease therapy, these will take place before your surgery. Once you’ve decided that dental implants are the right solution for you, we’ll schedule your surgery. At Mountain Stream Dental, Dr. Torgeson , your implant dentist, places them himself, so you won’t have to deal with the hassle of scheduling appointments with different professionals.

After your implants have been placed and have fused with your jawbone, you’ll be ready to have your abutments attached. These connector pieces will hold your restorations securely in place. We’ll take impressions of your mouth and send them off to have your crown, bridge, or denture custom-crafted. Once we receive your replacement teeth, we’ll secure them to your implants, and you’ll be ready to enjoy your new smile!

Dental Implants FAQs

Are you still wondering whether dental implants are the right restorative solution for you? As one of the most advanced procedures to replace missing teeth, they come highly recommended by patients and professionals alike. So you feel comfortable in your decision to invest in your oral health and smile, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions we get about dental implants.

How long do dental implants last?

There are a variety of factors that make dental implants last as long as they do. With the proper care and attention, they can last over 25 years. Through the process of osseointegration, where they fuse with your jawbone, and because they’re made from titanium, they have more strength and durability than traditional restorative options. Additionally, because titanium is so lightweight and it forms a thin oxide layer when it’s placed in your mouth, you won’t have to worry about corrosion or added weight placed on your jawbone.

Does it hurt to get dental implants?

At Mountain Stream Dental, we utilize the latest technology and techniques in the dental field to increase the precision and accuracy of the procedure. We also offer a variety of relaxation options such as oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation so you can feel comfortable during your implant placement. Many patients report that they feel better than they anticipated and can often return to work the following day. While you may experience some soreness, bruising, and slight discomfort, it’s nothing that can’t be tackled with some over-the-counter pain medicine and typically only lasts a short while. If you have any questions, Dr. Torgeson would be more than happy to help ease your worries by answering them.

Do dental implants require special maintenance?

When you take proper care of your implants, they can last you decades. This typically just requires taking care of them like you would your natural teeth, by brushing twice each day and flossing at least once a day. Remember to attend routine checkups and cleanings with us so we can keep them looking and feeling as good as new.

How long does the process take?

Every patient is different, which means that every treatment timeline varies. Depending on whether you need any preparatory procedures or not, it typically takes patients several months to complete the entire process. Most will agree that their quality of life improved because after the procedure and that it was well worth the investment of time and money. A beautifully restored, healthy smile is priceless after all.