Dental implants are the only true tooth replacement option, and are highly recommended by Drs. Maley and Thomas at our St. Paul, MN dental office. Dental implants don't harm the adjacent teeth, like a bridge would. They emerge out of the gum tissue, mimicking the root of a natural tooth.
Most implants we treatment plan are from the loss of a tooth. If a diseased tooth is still in place, we will extract it without damaging the adjacent teeth or underlying bone structure. If necessary, we may place a bone graft material into the socket to preserve the bone for the implant. This is done to ensure the bone is of sufficient size and density to support the implant.
Once the site has healed for three months, we will have you see a local surgeon for implant placement. On occasion, we can actually place the implant at the time of extraction, saving you three months of healing. This is not the case for all patients but can be discussed at your consultation appointment. After the implant has integrated into the bone, we will digitally restore the implant utilizing CEREC® crown technology.
Dental Implant Care
Dental implants can last for decades but strict home care is needed. Although the implant itself is immune to decay, the surrounding gums and bone need to be cared for to prevent periimplantitis, or infection surrounding the implant. The mouth is a hostile environment and the implant needs just as much care as a natural tooth. Yes, even implants need to come in for cleanings.
Dental Implants at Dr. Bob Maley Family Dentistry
When you choose Dr. Bob Maley Family Dentistry, you can expect to be treated like family. We will spend extra time walking you through the entire process, educate you on the risks/benefits of an implant, and what to expect at each stage of the procedure. We won't surprise you with any additional expenses along the way to ensure that your entire implant experience exceeds your expectations.