Dental Implants at Smile Design Dentistry
Implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth.
They are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place in our Plymouth, MN dental office. After the dental implants are placed in your jawbone, a completely lifelike porcelain tooth crown is attached. In some cases, the implant needs to fuse with the bone for several months before it is permanently crowned; in other cases, you can have new (but temporary) teeth the same day your implants are placed. Our dentistry-for-the-whole family is located in Plymouth, MN.
How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants. You don't even need one implant for every missing tooth. As few as two Implants can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implants can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Ice can also be helpful.
Are dental implants expensive?
At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. But they also last many years longer and in fact should never need replacement. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort, and well-being.
How do you care for dental implants?
They require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene. Properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime.
What can I eat after a dental implant?
- Jello and pudding
- Yogurt and milkshakes
- Boiled or mashed potatoes
- Other soft fruits
Can my body reject a dental implant?
Strictly speaking, implants can't be rejected because they contain no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are made is completely biocompatible, and allergies are extremely rare. But an implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops in the absence of good oral hygiene, or if it is subjected to biting forces too soon. However, this is rare; implants regularly achieve success rates in excess of 95%.
What is a mini dental implant?
Mini implants are implants with a smaller diameter than the traditional implants we are used to. “The diameter of the average mini implant is between 1.8 mm and 3 mm and was previously recommended for those who didn’t have enough bone or gum tissue to support traditional implants”, according to Authority Dental Labs.
Am I a candidate for implants?
There's a good chance that you are, but this can only be determined after a complete oral examination that includes x-rays of your jaws. Please schedule a consultation to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite.
Dr. Corey Jensen and Dr. Brett Moore can help you compare implants with bridges and dentures in terms of cost, comfort, and durability. We’ll ensure that together we arrive at the best plan for your dental care. We are passionate to see that your dental investments pay off in the long run.