What are Dental Implants?

Sometimes, you may find yourself in need of replacing an entire tooth or a few at a time. When that happens, dental implants are a great option to help with the look, feel, and function of your smile.

When people think of a dental implant, they think of replacing a missing tooth. That’s correct, but there are actually two dental treatments needed to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant. The dental implant and a dental crown. The dental implant is a titanium post surgically placed inot your jawbone. The post or implant acts like a tooth root. The dental crown get’s placed atop the dental implant and is the visible part of your tooth.

Your dental implant keeps your crown as secure as a natural tooth and lets you treat it like a natural tooth. That means you can eat your favorite foods, brush and floss your teeth as normal, you never have to take it out, and it won’t get loose.

Your Minneapolis dentist uses titanium for your dental implant because it’s biocompatible and hypoallergenic. It’ll bond with your bone in a process called osteointegration. This makes it the strongest artificial base for a tooth replacement.

How to Care for Dental Implants

Your dental implants are easy to care for! All you need to do to care for a dental implant is brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and use mouthwash. That’s one of the greatest benefits about a dental implant–you care for it just as you would natural teeth.

In most cases, you’ll still only visit your Minneapolis dentist twice a year for your cleaning and dental exam. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule so ask Dr. Bril how often he’d like to see you after you receive your dental implant.

Types of Dental Implants

Single Dental Implant: When people think of dental implants, they typically think of a singular dental implant that replaces just one tooth. This is a route many people choose to go when they’ve lost just one tooth due to an accident or tooth damage. With a single dental implant, there is one implant per dental crown.

Snap-On Dentures: Snap-On Dentures or implant-supported dentures are dentures that are held in place by dental implants. Your teeth will be securely in place all day long until you remove them at night so they can soak while you sleep. For this procedure, you’ll need a few dental implants but they’ll hold an denture. Snap-on dentures are great for those replacing an entire arch of teeth.

All-On-4 Dental Implants: All-on-4 dental implants are similar to snap-on dentures except your teeth are permanently in your mouth–you do not take them out to sleep. You’ll need four dental implants per arch, and then we’ll permanently attach a high quality denture to your implants. This is a great option for those who are missing all the teeth in an arch or would like to replace their old dentures with something permanent.

Implant Bridges: An implant bridge is a dental bridge held in place by dental implants. A dental bridge “bridges the gap” between natural teeth. Normally, your bridge would attach to natural teeth. However, in an implant bridge, your bridge attaches to two dental implants. An implant bridge is for anyone missing three or four teeth. The two end teeth will be dental implants, and the middle teeth will be replaced with a dental bridge connected to the implants.

Dental Implant Benefits

Dental implants are the most popular tooth replacement option because they are the most like natural teeth. Here are the benefits of dental implants.

  • Natural-looking
  • Feel like natural teeth
  • Function like natural teeth
  • Easy to care for
  • No dietary restrictions
  • Replace your tooth root
  • Long-lasting (Dental implants are known to last a lifetime!)
  • Stimulate your jawbone to reduce jawbone recession
  • Never gets loose
  • You don’t have to remove your teeth
  • Can replace one or many teeth
  • Create beautiful smiles!

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Many people are great candidates for dental implants! That’s good news because they’re considered the best tooth replacement option on the market. To be a candidate for dental implants you must

  • Be fit for surgery
  • Have good oral health or be willing to achieve good oral health
  • Have adequate jawbone density or be willing to receive a bone graft
  • Have one or more missing teeth
  • A fully formed jaw (18 is the minimum age but that may be too young for some whos jaws are still changing).
  • No plans for orthodontics

At Brilliant Dentistry, our dental implants are not one size fits all.

During your consultation, we will discuss the best options to help you get your smile back on track. Dental implants often require only a few visits, with temporary implants in place until permanent ones are created for you. Using advanced technology, you can rest assured your procedure will be a comfortable one in our quiet and calm surgical area with no other patients around. Whether you’ve been told dental implants will not help you or you’d like to gain additional information, we invite you to come to see us for a consultation so that we can better assess your dental goals in person. We welcome you to take a look at our smile gallery for some amazing and life-changing before and afters of some of our patients.

Dental Implant and Denture Dentist

Dr. Bril has extensive training and education when it comes to even the most complex dental implant and denture cases. As a neuromuscular and cosmetic dental practice in Minneapolis, MN, patients are able to receive high-quality care and a customized treatment plan for a long-term healthy smile.

We understand no one wants to have missing teeth any longer than they have to, but do keep in mind that the longer you go without correcting the teeth, the more problems you may face down the road. Issues like gum disease and decay, possible loss of additional teeth around the missing tooth, problems with your bite, change in facial appearance, and much more can present themselves if the problems are not corrected early. Dr. Bril and his team will address your concerns and discuss everything you need to know to make a decision that’s right for you.

Get Dental Implants in Minneapolis

Are you missing one or more teeth? Choose dental implants in Minneapolis. Call Dr. Bril at (952) 944-2052 or make an appointment online.