How Soon Should I Replace Missing Teeth?


Have you lost a tooth to an injury or a dental health issue, such as advanced decay or gum disease? If so, you understand how missing teeth can impact the health and beauty of your smile. At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Dr. Calcagno and Dr. Heimer understand that tooth loss should be addressed immediately and can do so with a lifelike and long lasting prosthesis. Find out how dental implants in Rochester MN can improve your smile.

Negative Impact of Tooth Loss

We suggest replacing a lost tooth as soon as possible to avoid possible complications. For one, losing one or more teeth can make eating and speaking difficult, hurting your social interaction and nutritional intake. The teeth may start to shift, moving towards the now open gap in your smile. This causes misalignment, which makes proper brushing and flossing difficult and increases the risk of cavities, infection, and the onset of periodontal disease. Finally, your body immediately registers the loss of the tooth and suspends the flow of phosphorus and calcium to the jaw. Without these nutrients, the surrounding jaw tissue begins to dissolve, often leading to an aged appearance and further tooth loss.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants in Rochester MN can replace both the crown and root of a lost tooth. Other prosthetics, such as dental bridges or dentures, only replaces the visible portion. Implants can replace a single lost tooth or secure a full set of dentures or even a dental bridge. This prosthesis can provide up to 25 years of quality tooth replacement.

Receiving Dental Implants

First, we will place the biocompatible titanium implant post into the jawbone, where it will bond with the bone tissue. After the area heals, we will add an abutment to the top. This abutment holds a dental crown in place, completing your prosthesis.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, root canals, pediatric dentistry, and dental implants in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.