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Dental Implants in Minneapolis
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are surgical replacements for missing teeth. After their placement, implants must be maintained by excellent oral care and regular dental visits. By maintaining excellent oral health, dental implants can last a lifetime, just like a natural tooth.
Requirements for dental implants
Candidates for dental implants must have:
- Good general health
- Healthy gums
- Sufficient bone to support the implant
What if I don't meet implant health requirements?
The state of the patient's general health and oral health can be greatly improved to prepare for dental implants.
Improving general health for dental implants
Good general health can be improved by removing the bacteria, plague and calculus (tartar) that can plague teeth. This is espectially true if one has gum disease. Like any disease in the body, gum disease requires the body's immune system to be constantly fighting infection, draining it of strength and vitality. By removing the bacteria, plague and calculus causing gum disease through a procedure known as deep cleaning, the source of infection is removed, giving the body one less problem to deal with.
Achieving healthy gums for dental implants
The three main ways to keep gums heathy and improve their health for implants are:
- Proper brushing techniques and a good brush
- Daily flossing
- Regular hygiene cleaning
We help you learn about the first of these two. As simple as it may sound, flossing and learning how to properly brush can be the most important things you do to have a healthy mouth. The brush clears away food and bacteria from the exposed areas of the teeth, and flossing gets where a brush cannot. Its just that simple. Really.
It is equally important to note, however, that what "proper" brushing and flossing techniques are, however, is not so obvious. So, that's why we teach you how. Need a "brush up" course on this? Just ask!
In any case, most of the time one can see immediate results in the health of the gums and teeth.
Sufficient support bone for dental implants
When sufficient bone does not exist to support a dental implant, all is not lost! By doing a bone graft in the affected area, bone can be regenerated in many patients, making them candidates for a dental implant.
Time commitment for dental implants
Because doing a dental implant requires surgery, the mouth must heal before an implant can be finalized. Also, the bone surrounding the implant must grow around the implant's anchor to adequate support the implant, and this normally six months is required to allow for this. Consequently, the overall length of time needed to complete an implant is extensive.
The dental implant surgery
Placing the anchor of the implant requires dental surgery that we do not perform in our office; rather we refer our patients out to arguably one of the best dental surgeons in the city.
After dental implant surgery
The surgery involved is only the first step in doing a dental implant, however. After the surgery is complete, we care for and finalize the implant by:
- Monitoring the surgery and state of the implant
- Hygiene to keep the implant clean and healthy
- The capping of the implant with the actual tooth
Are implants right for me?
Although not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, most people are. We are easy to find, so check us out on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, close to Wells Fargo Bank and many Hennepin County offices.
Read more about dental implants from the American Dental Association