People are understandably upset when they lose a tooth or several teeth. They may be too embarrassed to go out to socialize and may even dread going to work every day. A dentist in Rosemount, MN can use the latest dental implant techniques to replace the tooth. In the past dentists would create a three-tooth permanent bridge to replace the tooth. Two healthy teeth on either side of the gap would have to be ground down and covered with porcelain crows that would anchor the crown designed to fill the gap. To clean the bridge properly the patient would have to use special threader floss. If one of the healthy teeth eventually needed a root canal, the bridge would have to be dismantled.
A dental implant is a titanium shaft that a dentist in Rosemount, MN inserts into the patient’s jaw. It acts as a tooth root and eventually anchors a porcelain crown in place. Because the implant is inserted into the jaw, it helps keep the jawbone strong. When a person loses a tooth and doesn’t replace it, it eventually shrinks and becomes weaker. It takes between six and eight weeks for the jaw to heal and bind with the implant. When the swelling has subsided, the dentist takes an impression of the area. A dental technician uses that model to create a realistic porcelain crown. Once it is in place, the person can eat and speak normally. The crown is so natural, that no one will guess that it’s not a real tooth. The dental implant and crown combination is cared for using the methods as all other teeth. With the proper dental check-ups and cleaning it should last for many decades.
Denture wearers also benefit from dental implant technology. When adhesives are used to keep dentures in place, they can lose their seal. Therefore the dentures can slip at an embarrassing moment. Dentists at the Dakota Dental & Implant Center insert dental implants at several locations along the upper and lower jaws. They are fit with small metal balls, that fit into slots on the bottom of dentures. The denture wearer uses the balls and slots to snap the dentures securely into place. Click here to learn more about dental implants.