Dental Implants in St. Paul, MN
If you are missing teeth, you know how frustrating this situation can be. You might have trouble chewing your favorite foods. You may feel uncomfortable smiling or laughing. Missing teeth often take a toll on a person’s self-esteem and can even cost you a promotion or a new relationship.
Over the years, many different methods for replacing missing teeth have been developed. Dentures, partials, and bridges all work to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, but dental implants offer something that none of these options can.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a complete system that replaces each individual missing tooth with a customized lookalike. The titanium post that is the actual “implant” part is surgically placed into your dental bone and functions similarly to the roots of your natural teeth.
Once the implant has been placed and allowed to integrate with your bone (a process called osteointegration), it can be restored with a crown, a bridge, or even dentures, depending on how many teeth you are missing. Once the implant has been restored, most people will never be able to tell your implant from your other teeth.
What Makes Implant Dentistry Special?
The unique part of the dental implant that makes it stand out from other replacement options is the titanium post. Titanium is a biocompatible metal. This means that your body will accept it as a part of itself and you don’t have to worry about rejection.
Restoring the root is important to the long-term health of your teeth and their supporting structures. The roots of your teeth and your dental bone have a dependent relationship with each other. The bone holds the tooth securely in place, and the roots stimulate the bone to maintain itself. When you lose a tooth, this relationship ends. Without a root, the bone structure diminishes and resorbs. Surrounding teeth will tip toward the gap and become loose and, without strong bone in the area to support them, are likely to be lost, as well.
The implant works like your natural root and restores the relationship so that the bone will continue maintaining itself. This helps to prevent further tooth loss.
Getting Implants at Our St. Paul, MN Dental Office
If you are considering dental implants, you have come to the right place. Dr. Schulte has extensive experience when it comes to tooth replacement with dental implants, and we have advanced technology that allows us to place your implants with incredible precision for greater success.
We place your implants right here in our office using a guided technique. Plus, we are able to use our CEREC system to mill your new restorations right here in our office.
Call today to schedule a consultation and evaluation to discuss whether dental implants are the right option for you.