Have you lost one or more teeth? You understand how tooth loss can impact your smile, from difficulty eating to problems speaking. Fortunately, at Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Dr. Calcagno and Dr. Heimer can offer a long lasting and secure replacement option. Today, we’re looking at the benefits of our Rochester MN dental implants.
What Causes Tooth Loss?
Why do we lose teeth? A variety of factors can lead to missing teeth, including injury, poor oral hygiene, and periodontal disease. When we lose a tooth the results can be:
- Trouble eating and speaking
- Jawbone deterioration
- An aged appearance (sunken cheeks, ptotic chin)
- Cracked or chipped teeth
However, these negative impacts can be avoided with a quality dental prosthesis.
What are Dental Implants?
Unlike dental bridges or dentures, which only replace the visible portion of the tooth, implants replace the roots as well. They consist of a biocompatible titanium post, which is surgically inserted into the jawbone. There, through a process known as osseintegration, the bone bonds with the post. We then place an abutment, which holds a dental crown onto the post.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
These prostheses are fixed, meaning they are non-removable and don’t require adjustment. In addition, multiple implant posts can be placed to support a dental prosthesis that won’t slip when you eat or speak. This dental prosthesis also lasts longer than most other tooth replacement options. For example, a dental bridge provides between 10 and 15 years of smile restoration before requiring replacement. A full or partial denture can last between 5 and 10 years before the need for adjustment or replacement. Dental implants can last for up to 25 years and in some cases, have lasted even longer. This means you can potentially obtain a lifetime of dental replacement.
ABOUT YOUR ROCHESTER MN DENTISTS:
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.