Dr. Steven Erlandson, a family dentist in Grand Forks, ND, has several years of experience treating missing teeth and placing dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws inserted into your jawbone to host and replace missing teeth. It is a minor surgical procedure. Once placed, the bone grows around the implanted screw. This entire process, called osseointegration, takes three to six months. When it is done healing, the base (abutment) and porcelain dental crown are attached to the screw. Dental implants also support dentures with the use of four implants.
How many teeth are replaced?
You can replace as many missing teeth as needed. It may take longer to complete and heal from implants when multiples are inserted at once. Dr. Steven Erlandson will consult with you on this matter.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Your Grand Forks dentist uses anesthesia, either local or general, during the procedure. It numbs you and the affected areas. This makes the entire process comfortable and tolerable.
Are dental implants a cost-effective choice?
Dental implants are more expensive than other dental procedures, like bridgework, but are more durable and long-lasting than other procedures. The strength and quality of the implants make it cost-effective in the long run.
How does someone care for dental implants?
Dental implants don't require special care. Just maintain proper dental hygiene habits like:
Brushing your teeth twice a day for a minimum of two minutes
Flossing at least once a day
Regular bi-annual dental checkups
Replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when necessary
Are dental implants rejected?
Dental implants are made out of titanium which is biocompatible. They have a ninety-five percent success rate.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
An oral examination and x-ray assess a person's candidacy for the procedure. The patient needs to have strong bone density and quality.
Who should you call for a consultation?
Dental implants are a great solution for permanently fixing missing teeth. If you would like more information about dental implants from Dr. Steven Erlandson in Grand Forks, ND, call his office at (701) 772-6581 to learn more.