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Dentist Discusses The Uses for Dental Implants

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Losing a tooth is a devastating experience for anyone.  Dr. Malterud and team at our St. Paul Dental Implants Office sees patients who have lost a tooth for a variety of reasons.  It may be the result of dental trauma caused by an automobile accident.  Perhaps a patient has lost a tooth due to extensive decay.  No matter what the reason, a missing tooth has negative side effects.  For example, patients may experience problems with speaking and chewing.  A patient may also experience a loss of self confidence due to physical appearance.

There’s no doubt that losing a tooth is very traumatic.  The good news is that advances in modern dentistry now leave patients with more options to replace a missing tooth than ever before.  Dental implants are quickly becoming the treatment option of choice.  

Dental implants serve as a replacement for the natural root of the tooth.  This replacement is provided by a small titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone.  When the dental implant is first placed, a process known as osseointegration occurs.  During osseointegration, the tissue surrounding the implant will gradually integrate with the implant itself.  The result is a strong structure that acts as a new root for the tooth.  This solid foundation forms the base for a natural-looking dental restoration.

Dental implants are great because they may be used to replace a single tooth, or several missing teeth.  Dental implants are very effective when used alone, but they may also be used with existing dental treatments.  Dental implants are able to help add stability to bridges or dentures.

The friendly team at our Saint Paul, Minneapolis Dental Implants Office, is happy to strategically place implants to provide a solid base for bridges and dentures.  Often times, bridges add burden and structural stress to surrounding teeth.  Patients aren’t aware of this phenomenon because the denture will stay in place.  Dental implants may be used to aid in this situation because when placed correctly, the implant will share the workload.  This practice not only ensures a comfortable fit for the dentures, but takes pressure away from healthy, natural teeth.  

The ability for dental implants to replace missing teeth, and also provide stability for dentures makes them a versatile treatment option!  

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