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Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions

Smiling senior couple outdoorsBefore beginning any advanced dentistry procedure like dental implant supported tooth replacement, we know you’ll have questions. At Circle Pines Dental, our knowledgeable dentist and dentistry team are here to help whenever you need us, so please don’t hesitate to call the office with questions or ask us anything during your dental appointments. We want to make sure you completely understand your treatment plan and feel confident before moving forward. Below, you’ll find the answers to some of our dental implants frequently asked questions.

What are Dental Implants?

Senior woman pointing to teethDental implants are small posts that mimic the lost root structures of missing teeth. Usually crafted from titanium, dental implants can also be made from a variety of other materials, including zirconia.

Are Dental Implants Better for Oral Health?

Dentist showing woman a dental implant modelMany dentists consider dental implants to be the gold standard in tooth replacement solutions because they recreate both the roots and crowns of lost teeth. This provides the stimulation necessary to maintain healthy jawbone density and gum tissue volume, avoiding the changes to facial shape and jaw function that often accompany tooth loss even with traditional tooth replacement solutions like fixed bridges and dentures.

How Many Dental Implants Will I Need?

The number of dental implants we recommend will depend in large part on the quantity and position of missing teeth. Usually we recommend the following:

  • One dental implant – we can use a single dental implant to support a dental crown to replace one tooth, and in some cases, we can use one implant post to support two fused together dental crowns
  • Two dental implants – a fixed bridge restoration can be crafted to replace two or more consecutive teeth with an implant positioned at either end, and some very small partials may be supported by two implants
  • Three or more dental implants – partials and dentures are usually supported with between three and six dental implant posts depending on the unique case

How are Dental Implants Placed?

Senior man smiling in dental chairDental implants are surgically positioned below the gum line after careful planning to avoid accidentally damaging supportive structures. The procedure itself is fairly straightforward. We begin by numbing the area to be treated and/or administering sedation as needed. Then, a small incision is made in the soft tissue and supportive, alveolar bone structure. The dental implant is positioned into the supportive structures, and a protective cap is attached to the top of the implant. The protective cap allows the implant to fuse with the jawbone and maintains the shape of the soft tissue to allow for the connection of the replacement tooth or teeth. Over the course of three to six months, the dental implant fuses with the supportive gum and bone tissue, mimicking lost tooth roots. Once the implant fully fuses, you can return to our office to have your final dental restoration attached.

How long do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implant supported tooth replacement can last from ten or more years to an entire lifetime with proper care.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants varies dramatically based on your individual case, dental insurance policy, and other variables. To get an accurate estimate of the out of pocket cost of treatment and your financing options, call to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our Circle Pines dentist and dentistry team.