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Lakeville, MN 55044
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Lakeville, MN 55044

The Benefits & Importance of Dental Implants

dental x-ray highlighting missing teeth and jaw bone resorption
Although having a beautiful smile and the confidence that comes with it is important, there are also important health reasons to have dental implants. Why are missing teeth a problem? They cause:
  • Chewing difficulty that may lead to malnutrition
  • Potential bite problems and pain
  • Shifting remaining teeth to compensate for space
  • A “sunken” appearance in the face from tooth and bone loss

Advantages of Dental Implants

Implants are the best solution for simulating natural teeth' look, feel, and function. Dental implants do much more than replace missing teeth; they also protect existing teeth by helping to preserve bone structure.

  • Dental implants with restorations are the closest thing to regaining natural teeth
  • They are strong, stable, durable, and virtually indistinguishable from their natural counterparts
  • They help restore excellent chewing and speech abilities
  • Dental implants prevent jaw bone loss and pain
  • They preserve your youthful, confident appearance
  • They do not slip or slide and do not require denture adhesive

What happens when a tooth is lost?

Once a tooth is lost, several things begin to happen that are not immediately noticeable to a patient and can have a significant negative effect on both health and appearance. Tooth roots help hold teeth in place, but they are also critical in maintaining health in the surrounding gums and supporting bone structures. Bone loss in the jawbone is one significant problem that naturally occurs once a tooth is lost. This bone loss can compromise the integrity of neighboring tooth roots and tooth stability, and it is also a large part of what causes the “sunken” look that is seen in people who have lost several or all of their teeth. It is the reason patients who wear dentures find that over time their dentures are harder and harder to fit and keep in place.

How can dental implants help prevent bone loss?

Dental implant placement can help generate bone growth in the area around the implant, which not only strengthens the bone and builds support, but can also alleviate the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw. This process is known as osseointegration and is a significant benefit of implant placement because it can also help prevent future bone loss.

Our experienced dentists use the latest technology to give you your ideal new smile. We partner with you and your surgeon to restore your implant when ready. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about dental implant restorations. Feel free to give our office a call at 952-469-3300.

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20171 Icenic Trail Lakeville, MN 55044
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