The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Losing teeth in adulthood can be a traumatic experience. Not only is your appearance dramatically altered, but you may also experience difficulty with eating your favorite foods or speaking clearly. Your health can suffer as much as your self esteem when you have a missing tooth, as the teeth surrounding the gap will start to drift out of place, which can cause excessive wear or even breakage of some teeth. Additionally, the jawbone tissue underlying the gap can deteriorate when there is no natural tooth root present to stimulate it. Your Rochester dentists can prevent all of these devastating consequences from occurring with dental implants.
Dental Implants in Rochester, MN
Dental implants consist of two parts: an artificial tooth root placed in the jawbone, and a dental restoration placed on top of it. After placement of your tooth root, which consists of a small titanium rod, a healing period of three to six months, called osseointegration, is required so that the bone can bond to your implant. After your implant is securely anchored in place, a porcelain crown can be attached to it. Implants can also be used to anchor a dental bridge in place, offering more stability than a traditional crown and bridge system.
Implant Restorations by Your Rochester Family Dentist
To be considered a candidate for dental implants, you must have healthy teeth and gums, as well as an adequate amount of healthy bone tissue in the jaw. If jawbone deterioration is present, Dr. Calcagno, Dr. Voltidi, or Dr. Brodersen may recommend a bone grafting procedure before implants can be placed. Once candidacy has been determined, your dentist will refer you to a dental specialist for placement of implants. After proper healing and osseointegration, Dr. Calcagno, Dr. Voltidi, or Dr. Brodersen will attach your natural-looking restoration to the implant. Your dental implants will look and feel natural, prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, and stimulate your jawbone to help preserve bone tissue.
In addition to replacing one or a few teeth, dental implants can also be used to anchor a full denture in place. Traditional dentures are often uncomfortable and slip out of place, causing problems with eating, speaking and overall confidence. Your Rochester dentists can create a denture with more stability by attaching it to a few implants that are strategically-placed in your jaw. Your oral functioning and quality of life will improve dramatically with implant dentures that stay securely in place.
Find Out if You Qualify for Dental Implants
To find out if you qualify for dental implant placement, schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today at (507) 281-3659. Conveniently located in Rochester, MN, our office also welcomes patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.