In the past, if you lost a tooth to severe decay or tooth extraction, a dental bridge was your only real method for replacing it. Over the course of the past twenty years, dental implants have grown in popularity and are now seen by many as the primary treatment for replacing a tooth.
Dental implants in Oakdale, Minnesota, are essentially titanium abutments that are inserted into the existing bone structure of your jaw. Titanium is known to be biologically safe. In time, the implanted abutment will fuse to the bone structure of your jaw in a process known as osseointegration.
To install the abutment, your dentist, Dr. Richard Timm, will refer you to an oral surgeon who will drill a narrow channel into the corresponding bone in your jaw. The titanium abutment will be inserted, your gums will be sutured closed, and a hard, plastic, temporary dental crown will be secured over it.
Once the abutment has fused with your natural bone structure, Dr. Richard Timm will take an impression of the abutment and will fit you for a dental crown.
If you have lost a tooth, you should call All Family Dental at 651.222.9715 to see if our team can replace it with a dental implant.