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If you are missing one or multiple teeth, dental implants are a permanent solution for rebuilding your smile and restoring its natural function. Here at Anderson Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Fargo ND, our team of dentists provides implant consultations and treatment plans to start this restorative process. Read on to learn what this treatment can do for you!
Different Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants consist of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. During a consultation at our Fargo office, we will suggest the best type of dental implants to fit your smile goals. Common categories of dental implants include:
- Endosteal - commonly used as an alternative to dentures or bridgework, this implant type holds one or multiple artificial teeth in place with screws and cylinders.
- Subperiosteal - these are often suggested for patients who have minimal bone height in the tooth or are unable to wear conventional dentures. Composed of metal framework, this implant is attached under your gum tissue but above your jawbone.
How Dental Implants Can Rebuild Your Smile
By replacing missing teeth, dental implants offer stability and strength to show off your smile, improve eating habits, and better the way you feel about yourself. Improved speech and an enhanced cosmetic appearance can also deliver an upgrade to your overall comfort level. Finally, dental implants resemble your natural teeth, meaning that friends and family won't recognize that you have a restoration unless you share the news.
What to Expect From Treatment
This long-term solution for restoring your smile starts with a dentist performing a minor surgical procedure to directly insert the implant into the jawbone. Following this step, the site is allowed to heal for a few months before the permanent crown is attached. During this time, simple at-home oral care and routine visits to the dentist are necessary for implant success.
Interested? Give Us a Call
If you'd like to explore the benefits of dental implants, schedule a consultation with one of the dentists here at Anderson Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to determine if they are right for you. Call our Fargo, ND, office today at (701) 232-1368.
Dental implants offer some unique benefits for those with missing teeth.
Tooth loss was the last thing you thought you would have to deal with as an adult. Unfortunately, this is something that happens to millions of Americans. While the goal is to maintain good oral health to protect your natural teeth, when tooth loss happens it’s important that you have someone like our Fargo, ND, dentists Dr. Jon Anderson, Dr. Brad Anderson, and Dr. Breding that you can turn to for treatment. Find out why so many people are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth.
Looks and Functions Like a Real Tooth
You want to be able to replace your missing tooth or teeth with something that resembles the look and function of a real tooth. Dental implants are truly the closest you can come to a natural tooth, as they both look and function just like the real thing. After all, an implant is designed to replace your missing tooth roots, which makes them unique from other tooth replacement options.
We also know how important it is to have a full, healthy smile for as long as possible. With other tooth replacement options, you’ll have to replace them every few years; however, this isn’t the case with implants. Once we do a consultation and develop a treatment plan, we refer you to a specialist to place the dental implant.
Once the implant is placed within the jawbone this is where it will stay permanently. Implants have a very high success rate and can remain strong and healthy for the rest of your life, if you maintain good oral hygiene and care for your implant properly.
Protect Your Jawbone
One complication of untreated tooth loss is bone loss. This is something that will happen over time and the only tooth replacement that can prevent bone loss is a dental implant. This is because the implant actually takes the place of your missing tooth’s roots. The implant then provides the jawbone with the stimulation that it needs to stay healthy and strong.
Prevent a Misaligned Smile
If you don’t replace your missing tooth or teeth, eventually the rest of your teeth will begin to move toward the open gap or gaps in your smile. As you might imagine, this can lead to crookedness, crowding, twisted teeth and gaps between teeth. When this happens, the only way to correct the misalignment is to get braces. Luckily, by turning to our Fargo, ND, general dentists to replace your missing teeth you can prevent this from happening to your smile.
Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, is dedicated to helping you restore your smile after tooth loss. With a full range of dental services, we can do everything from performing routine cleanings to treating injuries and dental damage. If you are interested in getting dental implants, call us today to take the next step.
What your dentists in Fargo want you to know about dental implants
If you are missing teeth, chances are you’ve asked yourself what to do next. Should you live without the teeth, or should you replace them? Should you get a partial, denture, dental bridge, or dental implants? The dentists at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND want to help answer your questions.
So, should you live without teeth or should you replace them? The truth is living without teeth can cause problems with your digestion and your overall health because you won’t be able to chew your food well. You may also suffer self-esteem and self-confidence problems because of your lost teeth and may stop smiling. Definitely, you should replace your lost teeth.
Should you get a partial, denture, dental bridge, or dental implants? Although there are many choices for tooth replacement, dental implants are the best choice in many ways. When you restore your smile with dental implants, you can count on:
- A naturally-beautiful smile because dental implants look just like natural teeth
- A completely stable smile because dental implants are embedded in bone and won’t move around when you eat and speak
- A healthy smile because you can brush and floss dental implants just like natural teeth
Removable dental appliances like partials and dentures, and dental bridgework are great solutions to tooth replacement, but they simply can’t match the looks and function of dental implants. In addition, your dental implants are stain-resistant making them the perfect choice for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
Your dentists at Anderson Dental begin your dental implant treatment with a consultation and thorough treatment plan to ensure your needs and expectations are met. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to discuss your treatment and ask questions.
Then your dentists will send you to a carefully selected expert to insert the dental implant screws. These implant screws function as the “roots” of your missing teeth. After a healing period, beautiful implant crowns are placed on top of the implant screws, and you have your new smile!
If you need to restore your smile think about dental implants! They are the high-tech, state-of-the-art way to bring back your smile. For more information about dental implants call Drs. Jon and Brad Anderson and Dr. Breding at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND today!
Accidents happen, especially to teenagers involved with sports or similar activities. In an instant they can lose one or more teeth and permanently alter their smile.
Fortunately we can restore a teenager’s lost teeth, but often not immediately as a permanent restoration with a dental implant requires maturity of their jaw structure. Our focus then turns to the age of the patient and the condition of the underlying bone. A future dental implant, your best choice for tooth replacement, depends on bone for support, but also the age of the patient as it relates to jaw development.
There are a couple of ways an accidental tooth loss can harm supporting bone: first and foremost, the impact of the accident itself can damage the bony socket. To find out for sure we may need to perform a cone beam scan, a type of x-ray that allows us to view the area three-dimensionally. If we do find damage, we can attempt to repair the socket through bone grafting.
Bone can also suffer from the long-term absence of a tooth. Bone has a growth cycle in which older cells dissolve and new ones form to take their place. The force generated by teeth when we eat or chew helps stimulate this growth. Without stimulation, as with a missing tooth, the bone may not grow at a healthy rate. In time, it could lose some of its volume and density and not be able to support an implant.
Installing an implant right after tooth loss could help avoid this situation. Bone has a natural affinity with the titanium post imbedded in the jaw and will naturally grow and adhere to it. But we can’t place an implant with a teenager. This is because the jaw is still developing so an implant would gradually become misaligned as the jaw grows. It’s best to install an implant later after full jaw development in early adulthood.
Today, we can place a bone graft in the empty socket right after tooth loss. The graft serves as a scaffold for bone cells to grow on and will help keep the bone volume at a healthy level until we can install an implant.
Timing is everything in restoring a teenager’s accidental tooth loss. But with coordination and care for the supporting bone, a teenager can eventually enter their adult years with their smile intact.
If you would like more information on restoring your teenager’s smile after tooth loss, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”
In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?
“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.
How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.
With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.
In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.
While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.
Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”