Implant Dentist in Minneapolis & Minnetonka, MN
At Holger Dental Group, we are an implant dentist office that can replace your missing teeth in a way that looks entirely natural and beautiful. If you have experienced adult tooth loss, we encourage you to call us and schedule an appointment with our Minnetonka, MN, dental office to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. In the meantime, here are some questions that are commonly asked about dental implants.
Why are implants better than dentures or dental bridges?
As implant dentists, we can replace both the root and tooth. When you use dentures or a dental bridge to replace teeth, they only replace the visible portion of the tooth. While an effective way to restore your smile and ability to eat and speak, this does not provide the stimulation level that your jawbone needs to prevent resorption. Your root and tooth stimulate your jawbone every time you bite down and chew. This informs the body that your jaw serves its purpose by supporting your teeth. Without teeth, your body will begin to leach calcium from your jawbone to distribute to other areas of the body. The loss of bone density can give you a sunken appearance and make you appear far older than you are. By placing dental implants in our dental office, we can restore your lost tooth while preserving your jawbone and facial appearance at the same time. No other solution is as effective at doing so.
What we do as an implant dentist
As implant dentists, we replace teeth regularly using a surgical procedure. To determine if you qualify for implant surgery, we need to examine your gums and take X-rays to find out if you have enough bone density for the procedure. If not, we can discuss other options like mini dental implants or the All-on-4 procedure, which are also implanted, but the metal posts are smaller.
Regardless of which procedure is right for you, we can do everything in our power to give you replacement teeth that look natural, beautiful and function like your natural teeth once did. With implants, you can continue to eat all of your favorite foods, speak clearly, and have a confident smile, free from the worry that your teeth could fall out.
Minnetonka Implant Dentist
Our qualifications as an implant dentist
While most general dentists provide some options for tooth replacement, only an implant dentist can replace both your tooth and your root. This is a surgical procedure where a titanium post is implanted under your gums and secured to your jawbone. The bone and metal will eventually fuse through the process of osseointegration, creating a strong and durable new root system that the tooth can be secured to. Since this is done surgically, you must visit a dentist that has received additional training on how to complete the procedure quickly and efficiently. This will ensure that you do not spend longer than necessary in the dental chair and that you can recover quickly. Otherwise, your recovery process could be unnecessarily prolonged due to a lack of experience by the dentist completing your procedure. While there is no standardized training or accreditation program for an implant dentist, we have completed additional courses in addition to graduating from dental school. Also, the number of dental implants that a cosmetic dentist place is significantly higher than the number of procedures performed by a traditional family dentist. As with any surgery, the more often a dentist completes the procedure, the faster and more accurate they will be at doing so. For this reason, if you live in Minnetonka, MN, or the surrounding area, we invite you to call 952-777-7006 and schedule an appointment for a consultation. During your appointment, we can answer your questions and provide you with more information regarding the number of procedures we perform and the additional training that we have received.
The procedures we perform
As implant dentists, we have several types of implant procedures that we perform. The one that we recommend will be based on the density of your jawbone.
Traditional Dental Implants
To qualify for this procedure, you need to have sufficient density in your jawbone, making it necessary to visit us quickly after tooth loss. We begin by sedating you to help you remain comfortable and not feel anything. We often put patients to sleep because it can take several hours to place all of the implants. This is a surgical procedure where we insert a titanium post under the gums and secure it to the jawbone in the place where each missing tooth was. The titanium post creates a new root to which the tooth will eventually be secured. The process of osseointegration should occur first to ensure that the new tooth has maximum stability. Since it can take a couple of months to complete the procedure, many of our patients will wear a temporary denture to give them a somewhat natural-looking smile until the new tooth is secured to the implant. After the surgery, you will need to be careful with what you eat for a few days since your gums will be sore. Once the process has been completed, you will be able to eat all of your favorite foods without restriction. As an implant dentist, we can provide you with the sturdiest and most durable tooth replacement solution available today.
At Holger Dental Group, our team offers the All-on-4 procedure for patients who do not qualify for traditional dental implants or those looking for a faster solution to tooth loss. This procedure can be completed in two appointments. The first appointment is to take an impression of your mouth and take measurements to create a new set of teeth. The teeth will look natural and beautiful while attached to synthetic gums, similar to how dentures are created. The difference is that this set of teeth snaps in place, secured to a set of four implants. When you come in for the second appointment, the four implants are placed, and the new set of teeth are secured to them. You can leave with a full set of natural-looking teeth that are incredibly durable. If you live in the Minnetonka, MN area, we invite you to call us and learn more about this procedure. For those looking for a fast solution to tooth loss, this is a fantastic option that will remain in place when you speak, eat and engage in high-impact activities. To get started, visit our Minnetonka dental office today.
Definition of Dental Terminology
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums, and bite.
Dental caries results from a lack of proper oral hygiene, leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
A dental filling involves restoring the tooth’s structure by using metal, alloy, porcelain, or plastic to fill the tooth.
Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth, and poor oral hygiene.
Tartar forms when plaque builds upon the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require professional treatment.
Tooth decay is when the tooth’s enamel begins to decay and causes erosion from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection, and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus, and stains from the teeth.
A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
Preventive dentistry focuses on maintaining oral health to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar, and infections in the mouth.
Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.