Restoring Lost Teeth with Dental Implants

Tooth loss affects millions of people in the United States. A study conducted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons shows that without treatment, over 26% of people in the US lose all of their teeth by age 74. In order to return your smile to optimal function and appearance we may recommend implant dentistry. Find out how we can restore lost teeth with dental implants.

Rochester, MN Dental Implant Quiz

  1. True or False: Tooth loss can make you appear older.
  2. True or False: Dental implants restore all parts of a missing tooth.
  3. True or False: Over time, the implants bond with the jawbone.
  4. True or False: Placing them can avoid facial collapse.

Answer Key

  1. True. Losing multiple teeth may lead to facial collapse. The body immediately notices the loss of a tooth root. In response, the body no longer supplies the surrounding jawbone with doses of calcium and phosphorus, without these nutrients the jawbone may begin to deteriorate. The loss of jawbone density can cause the patient to appear older, developing a ptotic chin or sunken cheeks.
  2. True. The root is in the form of a biocompatible titanium post. The visible portion is in the form of a crown, which is held in place by an abutment. The artificial tooth will look completely natural.
  3. True. The post bonds with the jawbone tissue so the implant is secured like a natural tooth. The process is known as osseointegration.
  4. True. Since the body registers the new implant as a natural tooth, the flow of nutrients once again resumes. The rate of facial collapse stops and the patients maintains his/her facial structure. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office for a consultation.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening 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.