Implants in Fargo, ND & Pelican Rapids, MN
Dental implants allow us the chance to improve our patients’ quality of life. Whether it is replacing a single back tooth to making chewing easier, fixing a front tooth so a patient can smile without concern, or securing a loose denture so a patient can eat without pain, dental implants have been a great service to our patients.
Implants from Dakota Smiles are one of the best options we have to replace missing teeth. Patients who have teeth that are broken down beyond repair, have had previous root canals that have failed, or loose dentures that move when they eat can take advantage of the security, function, and aesthetics that implants provide.
Implants are different from a bridge because they are stand-alone, individual teeth. We don't have to grind down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to support a bridge. Plus, because they don't directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don't compromise the health of your natural teeth. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force.
Why Tooth Replacement is Important
When teeth are removed the bone in those area starts to disappear; by placing implants we are able to preserve the bone and restore chewing ability. This is very important in denture patients. When all of the teeth are removed and the bone is lost, we see the facial structure start to change and the “sunken-in” look occurs.
Recovering from Implant Surgery
Typical recovery time after having an implant is similar to having a filling. Patients are asked to eat on the other side for the first few days to not disrupt any sutures that were placed. Normal daily activities can be resumed the following day.
Maintaining Your Implant
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean with brushing and flossing. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, professional cleanings at our Fargo, ND dental office will be necessary to keep your implants healthy.
Advanced Implant Services
Our implant services include:
- Sinus Lift Augmentation: Often, the sinuses will enlarge following loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
- Autogenous Bone Grafting: Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
- Implant Site Development: When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
To learn more about dental implants and other restorative dental procedures, please feel free to contact our Fargo, ND dentists, Drs. Charles Duchsherer, Julie Kennedy, or our Pelican Rapids, MN dentist Bethany Baillargeon Marx.