Dental Implants Overview

June 20, 2017 - 3 minutes read

Have you heard of dental implants? It is the ultimate form of restorative dentistry and at Loftus Dental in Rapid City, SD, we encourage our patients to consider this treatment if they have suffered tooth loss of any kind. If you are not yet aware of it, or want to know a bit more about it, we offer some basic details about implant dentistry below.

As your preferred dentist in Rapid City, we might suggest you meet with our dental implants specialist if you can benefit from restoration of one or more missing teeth. For the most part, almost anyone who has lost a single or multiple teeth can benefit from dental implants because they do provide a full restoration.

When you lose a tooth, it means the crown (the part you see and use for chewing) is gone, but it also means the roots are gone too. This can cause an array of changes in the mouth that includes teeth movement, changes in the bite, unwelcome wear and tear, breakage and an increase in decay or disease from new tooth positioning. Jaw issues may even occur.

Fortunately, dental implants can be used to prevent this chain reaction of harmful issues from occurring by offering that full replacement. They feature a post, abutment and crown that work together to hold your bite in place.

How Dental Implants Are Done

Your treatment would include a single office visit where the post is inserted into the jaw. We then top it with a temporary crown while the bone and implant heal together. It takes several months for full healing, and then your dental implants can be topped with permanent teeth.

Implants last for decades and have one of the highest success rates in all forms of restorative dentistry. Not only can you have a single implant done for one tooth, but the technologies have advanced to the point where multiple implants are just as successful, bone grafts can be done for those who once did not qualify for treatment, and there are even full arch replacements for those who have lost a full set of teeth. Known as four on one, these use only four implants to replace the set. Implants can also be used with bridges for a more affordable solution.

Contact Our Implant Dentist in Rapid City to Learn More

Are you eager to learn more about dental implants? If so, feel free to give us a call at our Rapid City, SD office at 605-341-4521. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.