What are dental implants?

The closest replacement for natural teeth, dental implants have a number of advantages over other options. For example, dentures rest solely on your gums, which can lead to slipping, difficulty chewing, and irritation. Upper dentures (if not attached to implants) require a palate that can affect the taste of your food and can cause problems for many people. Traditional bridges are anchored by two crowns on the adjacent teeth. This requires that the adjacent teeth are ground down. This is not something you want to do if those teeth are healthy.

A dental implant is a small post made out of biocompatible titanium that actually replaces the tooth root. It fuses with the jawbone to create a strong, stable, long-lasting base that supports the final restoration. A single dental implant covered with a crown replaces one missing tooth. If you have a span of missing teeth, however, you do not need one implant per tooth. A few strategically placed dental implants can actually support an entire arch of missing teeth!

Dental implants are considered the gold standard in modern tooth replacement. If you have missing or failing teeth, ask your dentist if dental implants are right for you.

Conveniently located in Woodbury, MN, Creekview Dental provides a progressive yet conservative approach to dental care. Our innovative, highly personalized procedures are focused on maintaining tooth structure and providing you with the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Call us today at 651-738-8204 to take the first steps on the road to better dental health.