Montgomery Dental Implant Supported Tooth Replacement
Whether you’re missing a single tooth or a full arch, dental implant supported tooth replacement can offer you a natural, stable solution without relying on healthy dental structures for support. Dental implants are placed to mimic the lost root systems of teeth. This provides natural support for the replacement tooth, and they preserve healthy gum tissue volume and jawbone density. If you’re interested in dental implant supported tooth replacement, contact our team to schedule a dental implant consultation today.
Dental Implant Placement
Dr. Geoff Iverson partners with local oral surgeons and periodontists to safely and effectively place dental implants. The placement procedure is relatively simple, and consists of a small incision in the soft tissue followed by the implant being properly positioned in the supporting jawbone. A protective cap is positioned over the implant site to aid in the healing process. Over the course of three to four months, the dental implant fuses with bone tissue creating a solid foundation to support a replacement tooth or teeth. The surgery itself is relatively comfortable with patients experiencing very minimal post-operative discomfort.
Restoration of Dental Implants
Once the implants have fused with the jawbone, patients return to our Montgomery, MN office to receive their tooth replacement solution. Dental implants are one of the most versatile and conservative tooth replacement options. By placing a strategic number of implant posts, we’re able to restore any number of teeth from a single tooth to a full arch. Patients missing one to four consecutive teeth may be candidates for dental implant supported crowns and bridges. One replacement tooth can be connected to a single implant, and under certain circumstances two connected replacement teeth may also be connected to one implant. Patients missing three or four consecutive teeth will need to have two implants placed, one to support each end of the fixed bridge.
Implant Retained Dentures
Patients who currently have dentures but would like to improve stability and those in need of dentures, may want to consider an implant retained prosthetic. Implant supported partial and full dentures are attached to between four and six strategically placed implant posts. These posts stabilize the denture and improve overall oral health by retaining gum tissue volume and jawbone density. Patients who lack adequate jawbone density to support a traditional implant supported denture may be candidates for the All-on-4 procedure. Rather than placing the four implant posts vertically, two are placed in the traditional way and two are angled from the back to the front of the mouth making use of the naturally denser bone in the front of the mouth to support the back of the denture.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini implant posts, as the name suggests, are smaller versions of traditional implants. They are typically recommended for the smaller teeth in the front portion of the mouth because they are able to attach more naturally to these teeth. We may also recommend mini implants for patients interested in implant supported prosthetics who have had previous bad experiences with surgery or who do not have adequate jawbone density to support a traditional implant post.