Dental Implants – Crookston, MN
Restore Your Smile and Your Confidence
Living with a failing or missing tooth takes a toll not only on your daily life, but also your confidence and self-esteem. It is difficult to properly chew and eat the healthy foods you would normally enjoy when you have a tooth that compromised. It also might feel embarrassing talking and smiling at other people when you don’t feel confident about your smile. The good news is that dental implants offer an excellent long-term solution for restoring your oral health and your smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The secret behind the success of dental implants lies in the fact that they replace both your root and your tooth. This is important because when you lose a root, your bone begins to deteriorate, which affects support for your surrounding teeth and could eventually result in more tooth loss.
When you don’t replace a missing tooth, your remaining teeth begin to shift and tilt, which leads to bite misalignment and increases your risk of developing issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
Other benefits dental implants offer are:
- Excellent longevity – They can potentially last a lifetime with excellent home care and regular dental checkups
- A natural look and feel - Implants closely mimic your natural tooth so they look and function as you were used to
- A 95% success rate
- Exceptional function – You will be able to eat, chew, brush, and floss as you were always used to with your dental implant
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants are capable of restoring one tooth, or multiple teeth including an entire arch. They can support different types of restorations that allow our dentists to restore your smile, even if you’re missing most of your teeth.
Missing Single Tooth
When you are missing only one tooth, your implant restoration will be a customized porcelain crown. It’s designed by our dentists to match your neighboring teeth and blend flawlessly with your smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you are missing multiple teeth, dental implants can be used to support a prosthetic such as a dental bridge or partial. These appliances fill in the gaps of missing spaces, while also protecting the health of your jawbone.
Missing All Teeth
If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, an implant supported denture is the solution you’re looking for. A few strategically placed implants can support a denture that has been designed to “snap” into them. Implants offer denture wearers improved stability so there is no movement or slippage when they talk or eat. They also promote bone health, which ensures longevity for your denture.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants varies greatly with each patient. A few factors come into play when determining the fees such as the number of implants you’re getting, what type of restoration is being placed, and the complexity of the case. The first place to start when considering dental implants is a consultation with Dr. Jensen or Dr. Applequist.
Don’t let compromised teeth keep you from living your best life! Give Renu Dental a call today to schedule your consultation.
Dental Implant FAQs
A dental implant is an excellent solution to replace a lost tooth because it’s the next best thing to what nature gave you. Although you’re excited to enjoy a complete smile, we know you have several questions before you’re ready to get started. We will explain the entire process during your initial consultation. While you wait for your appointment, we have the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to help you make the best choice for your smile.
Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?
Although gum disease is preventable, at least 50% of adults have a form of it. Not to mention, it’s also the leading cause of tooth loss. If you’ve lost teeth from the infection, you aren’t a candidate for dental implants if you still have gum disease. Thankfully, you can create the healthy foundation your smile needs to thrive with periodontal therapy. We create the personalized treatment plan you need to stop the infection in its tracks. In some cases, you may need additional procedures to repair the damage it’ has caused, like tooth extractions or bone grafting.
Can I get dental implants if I have bone loss?
If you’ve lost bone from gum disease or prolonged tooth loss, you may not be a candidate for dental implants because your jaw won’t be able to support the posts. You can create the sturdy framework your new smile needs with bone grafting. This procedure adds thickness to areas of weakened bone to ensure your jaw can support the posts long-term. Although it creates another step in your treatment plan, it’s necessary to promote the success of your new smile.
Are dental implants painful?
You will need oral surgery to insert a titanium implant post into your jawbone to serve as a new root. Don’t worry, sedation or anesthesia are used during your placement surgery, so you won’t feel any pain. As with any surgery, there will be some discomfort while you heal, but it can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Can dental implants fail?
Dental implants are the most reliable solution to treat tooth loss. In fact, they have over a 95% success rate. Unfortunately, they can fail, but it is rare. Often, it’s the result of a preventable infection called peri-implantitis. There are several things you can do to lower your risk of complications, like maintaining your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly.
Can I use my dental insurance to pay for dental implants?
Although every insurance policy differs, many plans will cover a portion of the cost of your treatment after paying your annual deductible. We will help you maximize your insurance policy to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We offer a variety of payment options to cover any remaining balance, including third-party financing with CareCredit. Our office will help you find the solutions you need to pay for your new smile without worrying about a large bill.