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Implants---Missing a tooth?

Dr. Joe at Gregorich Family Dental and Dental Implant Center, Duluth MN added implant technology to the practice in 2013 after attending an implant training residency at WhiteCap Institute in Utah.

What do patients most often say about implants?

  1. No pain during or after placement.
  2. Most life-like way to replace a missing tooth.
  3. Costs are comparable to other tooth replacement options, such as a bridge.

When a tooth is not replaced it can lead to potential problems:

  • Drifting and shifting of the neighboring teeth can cause an unbalanced bite.
  • Increased biting stress on other teeth, may lead to fractured teeth or tooth position changes.
  • Bone recession in the area of the missing tooth, as the tooth holds bone support in place.
  • The space between teeth can widen, thereby compromising the esthetic effect.
  • Losing your natural smile.

A dental implant is a titanium artificial tooth root. Dentist places it in your jaw to hold the replacement crown or bridge. It is a permanent fixture in your mouth that has an excellent long-term success.

It helps to preserve your healthy teeth and eliminate the risk of dental decay.

Benefits of dental implant:

  • Replaces one or more teeth without affecting neighboring teeth
  • A long-lasting solution
  • Helps to prevent bone loss
  • Eliminates the risk of dental decay
  • Improves speech, overall self-image, and increases ability to eat an array of foods

There are many different ways an implant may be placed. Dr. Joe and the staff at Gregorich Family Dental and Dental Implant Center, Duluth MN would be happy to explain the process of implant placement. Here are some examples for you.

  • Implants to secure a partial or denture.
  • Implants Extraction, bone graft and immediate implant placement.
  • Extraction, bone graft and a healing period prior to implant placement.
  • Implant placement in an existing missing tooth location in the mouth.

How do implant tooth replacements differ from teeth?

Natural teeth and dental implants may look the same, feel the same, and even function in a similar way, but they are very different. The most important differences are in the way they attach to the surrounding bone, their response to dental disease, their maintenance, and repair. Teeth attach to the surrounding bone by a periodontal ligament (“peri” – around; “dont” – tooth) made up of collagen fibers that join into the tooth on one side and bone on the other. Dental implants fuse directly to the bone.

The gum tissues also attach to the root of a tooth with collagen fibers as described above. However, gum tissues can only stick to the surface of dental implants. Teeth are susceptible to dental decay as well as the need for root canal therapy; dental implants are metal and do not decay or need root canal. Teeth may also be susceptible to periodontal (gum) disease, while dental implants may be susceptible to peri-implantitis.

What type of maintenance do dental implants require?

Implant crowns and other prosthetic (false) tooth replacements are made to be remarkably failsafe systems. They are removable and replaceable (only by your dentist), so that if damage or wear necessitates replacement, this can be accomplished without affecting the implant(s) or attachment to the bone.

Nevertheless, implants do require maintenance. It is important to practice good daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing to control bacterial biofilm. It is also important to see your dentist and dental hygienist. Special instruments are necessary to clean dental implants that will not damage their metal surface beneath the gum tissues. Your dentist will need to monitor your implants to make sure the integrity of the osseointegration is stable, and that the implant crowns, bridgework or dentures are functioning adequately.

Are you in need of a dental implant?

Contact Gregorich Family Dental and Dental Implant Center, Duluth MN to schedule an appointment.

Websites on implants

Mouth Healthy Dental Implants Understanding Dental Implants