Implant Dentistry

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When you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, your smile isn’t complete like it should be. You may start covering your smile, or try to hide it by not smiling at all, but it doesn’t need to be that way. With Arhart Dental, you can restore your smile to what it once was with professional tooth replacement, right here in Shakopee, MN.

 Dental Implant.

Dental implants are the best tooth-replacement options out there, giving you a long-lasting, comfortable, natural-looking smile again compared to other solutions like dental bridges. At Arhart dental, we are proud to offer dental implants to our patients, helping you have a complete smile again! Just schedule appointment with us, or check out below for more information.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small, screw-shaped titanium post that is designed to replace the root-part of a missing tooth. Since it’s made from titanium, the implant is extremely durable, and can resist decay or damage for long a long period. After the post is in place, a natural looking replica of your tooth will be fitted to the implant and secured in place, restoring your smile. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

When you come to Arhart Dental for a dental implant, the process starts out with a minor surgical procedure, where the dental implant is inserted directly into your jawbone in the space vacated by the missing tooth. After the initial surgery, the implant will need time to heal, during which the metal post will actually fust to your jawbone that surrounds it, securing it in place and making it feel like a naturally part of your body. After a period of months, the implant will be completely healed, and a specially crafted crown that matches the color and feel of your natural teeth will be attached. As an added benefit, Implants also help preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost

Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants

Dental Implants are an extremely versatile tooth replacement solutions, helping patients with different cases achieve that perfect smile. Implants can be used to:

Replace One Tooth

Dental Implants Replace One Tooth.When you have one tooth missing, a single dental implant is inserted into the bone, and a crown is then attached for a natural and comfortable tooth replacement. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, it is the most cost-effective solution over time, since an implant will never decay or need root canal treatment, and feels just like the tooth that was there.

Replace Multiple Teeth

Dental Implants Replace Multiple Teeth. you have more than one tooth missing, implants can function as supports for fixed dental bridges. You don't even need one implant for every missing tooth, since Dr. Arhart can put multiple implants with a space in between, then use a crown or bridge that will cover the gap with a set of perfectly natural looking teeth. This is superior to other tooth replacement methods, since it doesn't use your natural teeth as supports, weakening them and increasing their risk of developing decay.

Dental Implants Support Removable Dentures.

Replace All Teeth Permanently

Even if you’re missing all of your teeth, dental implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and are never removed. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as 4 implants, but in cases where jawbone density and volume have deteriorated, 5 or 6 implants might be needed to support a row of 10 to 12 teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement solutions, dental implant replacement teeth protect your jawbone, won't slip, and should last a lifetime.

Support Removable Dentures

Implants can even make removable dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone, accelerating bone loss in your jaw and affecting your facial structure. To avoid this loss of bone, Dr. Arhart can attach a removable denture onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the bone surface. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak, and preserves the bone directly beneath them for a healthier, fuller smile!

H2: Implant Care and Maintenance

Poor oral hygiene and excessive biting force are the only things that pose a threat to the otherwise durable dental implants.

Without proper oral hygiene, you increase your risk of developing painful and destructive bacterial infection in your implants, called peri-implantitis. In order to prevent this, make sure that you maintain a thorough and consistent oral hygiene routine including brushing, flossing, rinsing, and regularly scheduled appointment for cleanings with us at Arhart Dental.

As for what “excessive biting forces” means, it’s simply a large amount of pressure that’s applied to your teeth that can damage the crown, the implant’s attachment to your jawbone, or cause other issues. Common causes of these biting forces can be either a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, or an insufficient number of implants to handle the forces generated by your bite. With Dr. Arhart, you should receive the correct number of implants so this does not happen. And if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, a nightguard will be recommended to protect your implants. After all, implants are a long-term investment in your smile, your health and your well-being, so it's best to protect your investment.

Restore Your Smile Today With Arhart Dental!

For a brighter, healthier smile that’s full of natural looking teeth, contact Arhart Dental about dental implants today! We’ve been providing high quality general and cosmetic dental care to the families of Shakopee, MN and the surrounding communities for over 30 years, and will always strive to offer the kind of personalized, effective care that you and your family deserve. We look forward to helping you transform your smile! Schedule your appointment with us today!

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