If you are missing one or more teeth, have ill-fitting dentures, or teeth in poor condition, dental implants are your solution to a permanent, functional smile that also looks great!
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dental implants are natural-looking and feel like your own teeth. When placed by a diligent surgeon, along with proper at home and professional maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
What are Guided Dental Implants?
Guided dental implants are – in essence – the same as conventional or free hand dental implants. However, guided implants are more precise and comfortable due to the use of 3D radiographic and optical scanning technology. CEREC optical scanning and Cone Beam Computerized Tomography with SciCat Implant Software allows our dentists to capture every inch of your mouth, providing them with the best road-map to evaluate and plan the ideal position of the dental implant.
The restorative result for an implant is optimized by placement of the implant with the final crown or restoration in mind first. We can complete the implant placement surgery virtually on the computer with these high tech planning tools, making the eventual surgical appointment efficient, the implant placement safe and accurate, and the recovery time shorter and more comfortable. You will be able to see and feel the results of a properly placed implant!
Dental Implants vs Dentures or a Bridge
Esthetically, dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often happen with bridgework and dentures. Neighboring teeth are not changed to support the implant as with a bridge. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.
Dental implants are secure. You don’t have to worry when speaking or eating. No messy pastes and glue. You will go about your daily routine with confidence and comfort.
The success rate of implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Ideally, you need to be in good oral health and have adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant. In addition you will need healthy gum tissue, free of periodontal disease.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Dental implants are very much like your own teeth. You will have to treat them with the same oral care you do your real teeth. Brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist for regular checkups are still essential. After treatment, your dentist will work with you to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
Contact Johnson Dental for an appointment and information on dental implants, at (507) 645-9669.
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