Dental Implants in Eagan, MN
Living with missing teeth can be a chore. One or more missing have a negative impact on your comfort, confidence, oral health, and ultimately your quality of life.
Fortunately, with all the solutions available today to replace missing teeth, there’s no reason to live with the inconvenience and discomfort. At Wood Park Dental, we offer several tooth replacement options, but most our patients prefer dental implants.
What Happens When You Lose a Tooth
Losing a tooth does more than leave a noticeable gap in your smile.
- Each tooth has a purpose, and when one is lost, neighboring teeth have to do work they weren’t meant to do. This leads to discomfort and excessive dental wear of remaining teeth.
- When you lose a tooth and don’t replace it with something, surrounding teeth have no support to hold them in place. For this reason, they can start to tilt into the gap and ultimately lead to tooth misalignment.
- A healthy tooth root helps stimulate the healthy regeneration of bone in your jaw. When you lose a tooth and its root, this process tops, and bone can actually start to break down and deteriorate.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a titanium tooth root that is positioned surgically in your jaw bone. Once it heals, the implant is topped off with a dental crown that restores function and appearance. Your natural teeth are the best teeth, but dental implant surgery is the next best thing. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
Once Dr. TuAnh Le expertly places the implant in your jaw, a process called osseointegration begins. As the implant heals, it fuses with surrounding bone and tissue. When healing is complete after several months, the implant becomes a permanent part of your dental structure. It functions in the same way your tooth root did and prevents the breakdown of bone that occurs after tooth loss.
Procedure for Dental Implants in Eagan, MN
Dr. Le has studied dental implant placement extensively, so we can complete the procedure here at our comfortable Eagan, MN dental office. She uses state-of-the-art 3-D digital imaging technology to plan the precise placement of your dental implant in exactly the right location in your jaw.
How long it takes the implant to heal in your jaw varies from person to person, so the process can take anywhere from three to eight months. But have patience, because it’s during this period that gives your implant its strength and stability. But patients who have gotten a dental implant at our Eagan, MN dentist office tell us that the wait was well worth the results!
Same-Day Dental Crowns & Bridges
Once the implant heals, we need to restore lost function by adding a dental restoration such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture. At many dental practices, you have to wait for another two to three weeks before you get your final restoration.
At Wood Park Dental, we use CEREC technology that allows us to prepare your dental restoration in just one office visit. Dr. Le can design a dental crown to replace a single missing tooth, or a bridge or denture to replace several missing teeth.
Contact Wood Park Dental in Eagan to Learn More!
There are so many benefits to choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth. Please call Wood Park Dental at (952) 431-5088 to schedule a consultation with our dentists in Eagan, MN.