Dental Implants

Albert Lea Dental Implants

Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

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Why Should Missing Teeth Be Permanently Replaced?

Along with being an eye sore, missing teeth are harmful to an individual’s dental health and wellness. Spaces between the teeth can accommodate germs and boost the threat of dental disease. The jawbone below missing teeth could begin to shrink from lack of use. This influences the face framework and makes a person appearance matured. A permanent replacement of one or more teeth is called a dental implant.

bone loss without dental implants

How Can Missing Teeth Affect Your Bite?

The surrounding teeth could shift about in the mouth and cause the bite to become misaligned. This at some point comes to be very uncomfortable, as the teeth no longer mesh properly.

How Do They Prepare For A Dental Implant?

Before making the decision to have an implant Dr. Vu will make certain there is adequate jawbone to assist the posts. Next they take X-rays and CT scans to prepare the surgical placement of the dental implant article. Then they surgically place a post into the jawbone to connect to the right spot to replace the lost tooth or teeth.


Dental Implants are prescribed to replace a missing tooth or teeth.


An implant post is surgically placed into the area where the tooth is missing. In a few months bone will fuse to the implant.


A customized crown or bridge is permanently cemented to the implant.


Dental Implants restore the natural beauty, function, and health of teeth.

Can They Connect The Dental Restoration To The Top Of The Post The Same Day?

No, a healing period of 6 months called osseointegration is where the jawbone is recuperating and it needs time to fuse with the dental post. The jawbone and dental post fuses together until they become a sturdy construction that will be ready for dental restoration. This healing period take about 2 to 6 months, depending on the person.  Dr. Vu will likely position a temporary dental restoration on top of the post so the implant patient can speak, smile and eat pleasantly up until the jawbone heals and the permanent reconstruction is ready.

What Happens After It Heals?

After the jawbone heals, Dr. Vu will then attach on top of the implant post an extension piece. This is called an abutment. The type of implant varies depending on how many teeth are going to be replaced.

• If the patient is only replacing a solitary tooth,  Dr. Vu can utilize a dental crown. He will screw the crown into the leading of the dental implant post, on a piece called the abutment.

• If Dr. Vu is replacing several teeth instantly, they may make use of an implant-anchored oral bridge or partial dentures to match the gap. In the case of the bridge, the patient needs to have healthy and balanced teeth to the support the bridge on at least one side.

• If the patient is missing a set of top and/or lower teeth, Dr. Vu will utilize a Hybridge dental prosthesis. The Hybridge is a dental appliance that looks like a total collection of dentures, however is affixed to many implants, making it trusted and steady.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Not only do dental implants look organic and assimilate flawlessly with the bordering teeth, they also feel and act like normal teeth. They allow the patient to chew normally. The chewing stops the jawbone from wasting away. The implant additionally facilitates a regular, healthy bite and stops the bordering teeth from shifting around in the mouth. With proper care they will last a lifetime.

Would A Dental Implant Be Right For You?              

If you are thinking about dental implants as you are missing one or even more teeth, set up a FREE consultation with Dr. Vu to see if you would be a candidate. Dr. Vu is among the most trusted dentists in Minnesota and have actually been supplying implant dental care to patients for a long time.