Dental Implants in Missoula, MT
Have you lost a tooth, and aren't sure how to go about getting a replacement? Missing teeth can impact your oral health, smile aesthetic, and day-to-day confidence. Dental implants are used to replace single teeth, multiple teeth, or to help keep a denture in place. In order to place an implant, we work with one of the several great specialists in town. They will complete the surgery to place the implant in the bone like the tooth it replaces used to be, then our office will work with a dental lab to provide you with a crown, bridge, or special denture to fit your needs.
Why is tooth replacement important?
Tooth replacement is incredibly important, as a complete smile is needed to properly function and maintain positive oral health. Missing teeth impact your daily life in a number of ways. First, missing teeth force your other, healthy teeth to work harder, creating stress and potential oral health issues as time goes by. Missing teeth, especially those towards the front of your smile, also impact your daily life. If you aren’t confident in your full smile and find yourself hiding your missing teeth, it will impact your daily interactions and overall confidence level.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
There are a few things we look for before proceeding with the dental implant process. A good candidate must have enough healthy jaw bone to receive the implant. A bone graft surgery may be necessary for those without sufficient bone. We also look at your general health, as well as the health of the rest of one’s mouth. Other teeth must be healthy and free of cavities before proceeding.
What does the implant process look like?
The time to complete a dental implant process varies depending on the client and the number of teeth being replaced, but we generally estimate the process takes a few months from start to finish.
There are two major phases of the implant process, completed over several appointments. The first phase is the surgical implantation of the artificial titanium root. Titanium is a completely safe material commonly used in joint replacements. This root emulates that of a natural root and takes time to fully heal. During the healing process, the jawbone will integrate around the titanium rod.
The second major phase of the implant process is the cosmetic, or aesthetic, phase. The replacement tooth is created from the material that is the best fit based on the client case and number of teeth. Artificial teeth are created from crowns, bridges, or fused with partial dentures. Following the completion of your dental implants, you simply have to treat your implant as you would the rest of your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss regularly, and make it a priority to see your Missoula dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and exam.
What should I expect after getting a dental implant?
As previously stated, we recommend you immediately start treating your dental implant like the rest of your teeth and continue a thorough, consistent oral care regimen. If you experience ongoing pain or discomfort, see our office right away.
In daily life, you should expect better function in your day-to-day oral health right away. Chewing, talking, and brushing will become easier with a complete smile. Confidence tends to rise in our patients, due to them no longer having to conceal or be insecure in their smile.
How do I get started?
Do you think you are a candidate for dental implants? Give our Missoula restorative office a call today to book a consultation. Here, we will determine if you are a good immediate candidate for dental implants as well as craft your personalized restoration plan and timeline.
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