Studies estimate that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. This is more than simply a cosmetic concern: missing teeth can compromise the health of your remaining teeth, as well as your gums and jaw. Dental implants are a popular option for people of all ages facing tooth loss. At Dentistry Optimized, Dr. Norman Coates is an expert in dental implants and restorative dentistry. Make an appointment by calling the office at 651-698-5543 or booking online to learn more about the benefits of replacing missing teeth with permanent dental implants in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.

Dental Implants Q&A

What is a dental implant?

If you want a permanent replacement for your missing tooth, consider a dental implant. Implants have three main parts: the implant rod, abutment and crown or other prosthetic replacement. The rod is made from titanium and is placed into your jawbone. It fuses with your bone to create an artificial tooth root.

The abutment is a small connector placed on top of the titanium rod. It holds the crown or other prosthetic in place inside your mouth. Every prosthetic is custom-made, so results are natural and comfortable.

Dental implants are popular because the procedure is safe and the prosthetic looks just like a natural tooth. Implants can improve oral health because they stimulate healthy bone growth while other restorative dental procedures do not.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants could be a solution for you. Missing teeth can put your oral health at risk because remaining teeth need to compensate when you bite, chew and speak. Missing teeth can lead to bone loss because there isn’t a tooth to stimulate the jawbone.

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants helps restore natural mouth function, and benefits often include:

  • Natural appearance
  • Comfortable
  • Improved speaking ability
  • Improved chewing ability
  • Better oral health
  • Boosted confidence

People in generally good health with enough jawbone to support a dental implant are usually good candidates for the procedure. Talk to Dr. Coates to find out if a dental implant could improve your smile.

What is the procedure for getting a dental implant?

Dr. Coates is highly experienced in implant placement. Getting a dental implant typically requires three visits to the office. In the first visit, you’ll get a comprehensive exam and a treatment plan.

Depending on the circumstances, a temporary crown can be used to replace the tooth on the same day while the 16-week implants are being prepared.

At the next appointment, Dr. Coates inserts the titanium rod that serves as the artificial tooth root. You’ll wait three to four months after the rod is placed for your jaw to heal.

Once your jaw has bonded to the rod, Dr. Coates fits the abutment and prosthetic onto your dental implant. Your prosthetic is developed to match your natural teeth and fit comfortably into your mouth.

Dental implants are durable and easy to care for. Simply follow your normal oral hygiene habits and get regular dental cleanings to keep your mouth healthy. In most cases, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants is often a great choice for your health. To find out if dental implants could be right for you, book an appointment with our experienced dentist online or at 651-698-5543.