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 aesthetics, and day-to-day confidence.
We utilize dental implants for replacing single teeth, multiple teeth, or to help secure a denture. 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, which takes the place of your tooth root, then our office will work with a dental lab to provide you with a crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture to fit your needs.
If you would like to learn more about how tooth implants in Missoula, MT can restore your smile, Dr. Jonathan Nelson would love to talk with you.
Contact Nelson Dentistry at (406) 542-3305 to get started.
Why is tooth replacement necessary?
Tooth replacement is incredibly essential, as all of your teeth are needed to function and maintain positive oral health properly.
Missing teeth impact your daily life in several ways. First, missing teeth force your other, remaining teeth to work harder and do tasks they were not designed for, creating stress, an increased risk for damage, and potential oral health issues as time goes by.
A lost tooth, especially those towards the front of your smile, also impacts your daily life. If you aren’t confident in your full smile and find yourself hiding your missing teeth, it will affect your daily interactions with other people and your overall confidence level.
Finally, without a replacement tooth, your surrounding teeth will begin to move and shift. This movement causes bite misalignment and could result in fractures or damage to your teeth. Without a root to support it, your jawbone begins to deteriorate, which eliminates support for other neighboring teeth, and can even change the appearance of your face.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that solves the problem of replacing both your tooth and its root.
Am I a candidate for dental implants in Missoula, MT?
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 support the implant. A bone graft surgery may be necessary for those without sufficient bone to ensure the success of the tooth implant.
We also look at your general health, as well as your dental health. Your remaining teeth must be healthy and free of cavities before proceeding with implant dentistry.
The best way to learn if dental implants are the right treatment for you is to schedule an evaluation with Missoula implant dentist Dr. Jonathan Nelson. He will take x-rays and provide a thorough examination to determine what steps you need to take to make your dental implant a reality. He will also guide you through each step of the treatment process and work closely with a trusted specialist to plan your implant placement surgery.
What does the implant process look like?
The time to complete a dental implant varies depending on the patient and the number of teeth you need to replace, but we generally estimate the process takes four to six months from start to finish.
There are two principal phases of the implant process, completed over several appointments. The first phase is the surgical placement of the artificial titanium root. Titanium is an entirely safe, biocompatible material commonly used in joint replacements, so it will naturally fuse with your jawbone over time. The implant emulates a natural root and takes time to heal and integrate with your bone fully.
The second phase of the implant process is the cosmetic, or aesthetic, phase. Dr. Nelson creates the replacement tooth from the material that is the best fit based on the patient's needs and the number of teeth we are replacing. We create artificial teeth from ceramic porcelain tooth crowns, bridges, or acrylic dentures. Your new tooth implant provides you with the same function and aesthetics your natural tooth did.
For denture wearers, dental implants provide more security and peace of mind because you will never again have to worry about your denture slipping or falling out when you are talking or eating. If you or a loved one is living with an ill-fitting denture, Dr. Nelson would like to speak with you about your options for an implant-supported denture.
What are the advantages of choosing dental implants for tooth replacement?
Besides restoring a lost tooth and helping you reclaim your confidence, dental implants offer numerous additional benefits to our patients, such as:
- Exceptional longevity - tooth implants can potentially last for a lifetime with the right care
- A wise long-term investment - Because of their excellent longevity, a tooth implant is an ideal long-term choice to restore your smile
- Natural function and feel - Your new tooth acts just like a natural tooth
- A reliable treatment procedure - Dental implants have a 95 percent success rate
For these reasons, we consider tooth implants in Missoula to be the gold standard when it comes to tooth replacement. Dr. Nelson is happy to share the benefits of choosing dental implants with you during your evaluation.
How can I care for my dental implant?
Following the completion of your dental implants, you can 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 each year for a professional cleaning and exam.
Infection is the enemy of tooth implants and is usually the cause of failure. Keeping your tooth clean and plaque-free reduces your chances of developing a tooth infection and ensures the longevity of your dental implant.
Are tooth implants in Missoula expensive?
The cost of your implant dentistry varies depending on your needs. For example, you might need a single tooth replacement requiring one implant, while another patient is restoring multiple teeth with a bridge that requires two implants. These factors affect the cost and timeline of your treatment. The best way to determine the exact cost of your treatment is to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Nelson.
When you consider that your dental implant in Missoula has the potential to last for a lifetime, it can become more cost-effective than an option that will need to be replaced in the future.
While dental implants are typically not covered by insurance, we are happy to work with patients who want to fit implant dentistry into their budgets with third-party financing from CareCredit, or even in-house funding for patients who qualify. Don't hesitate to contact our financial coordinator to learn more about your payment options for implant dentistry.
Get started with dental implants in Missoula
Do you think you are a candidate for dental implants? Give our Missoula restorative dental office a call today at (406) 542-3305 to book your evaluation with Dr. Nelson. You can also schedule an appointment online. Here, we will determine if you are a good immediate candidate for dental implants as well as craft your personalized restoration plan and the timeline for your procedure.
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