If you have missing teeth, you are likely suffering from discomfort, difficulty chewing and speaking, and may even be jeopardizing your oral health.
Dr. Tim J. Clavin can plan your dental implant placement with a local specialist and create your finalized restoration at his Minneapolis, MN, practice. Dr. Clavin restores both traditional and All-on-4® implants to meet the needs of our patients.
Why are dental implants the gold standard for tooth replacement?
Do many people need to replace lost teeth?
A Common Problem
Which dental issues require implants?
Replacing Your Entire Tooth
For patients with missing teeth or teeth that are severely damaged beyond repair, dental implants are the only solution that allows you to replace the entire tooth. The implant post acts as your tooth root and your crown, bridge, or denture replaces the portion of the tooth above the gum line.
Traditional restorations leave you at risk of jawbone atrophy and a shifting prosthesis. With an implant-supported restoration, however, you can enjoy a complete, natural-looking smile that you can rely on.
However, dental implants are not right for every patient...
The Importance of Replacing Lost Teeth
Leaving missing teeth untreated can lead to a variety of oral health concerns. Your teeth can shift, causing misalignments in your bite. Tooth loss also leads to jawbone degeneration. Tooth roots extend into the jaw and stimulate the tissue as you chew, indicating that resources are needed in that part of the jaw. When teeth are lost, resources are rerouted and the tissue begins to recede. Over time, this bone loss can threaten the stability of surrounding teeth and lead to a sunken appearance as facial muscles lose their support. Replacing lost teeth with implant-supported restorations prevents teeth from shifting and protects the health of your jaw.
Dental Implant Placement and Restoration
When considering dental implants, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clavin to discuss your candidacy. Some patients may require preparatory procedures to improve their chances of successful implantation. These procedures may include tooth extraction, a bone graft, or a sinus lift. Dr. Clavin works with an experienced oral surgeon to provide these types of preparatory procedures. Their 20-year professional relationship means you can trust you are in good hands at every stage of the treatment.
Once your jaw has healed from any preparatory surgeries, your surgeon will perform dental implant surgery. Dr. Clavin works with a periodontal practice in the same building to provide you with convenient, streamlined care. The periodontist will first apply local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. Then, a small incision will be made in your gum to reveal the bone and embed the titanium post into the jaw tissue.
Dental implants replace the entire structure of your tooth, making them the next best thing to your original teeth.
Your surgeon will close the incision with sutures to complete the procedure. A temporary restoration may be placed at this time. For most patients, it typically takes three to six months for the implant post to fuse with the jaw. You may require a second surgery so that an abutment can be placed (the piece which connects the restoration).
The final step in your dental implant treatment is the placement of your custom restoration. Once your gums and jaw have completely healed, Dr. Clavin will place any necessary abutments and take detailed impressions to send to a lab. It generally takes one to two weeks for the lab to fabricate your appliance during which time you may need to wear a temporary restoration. Once your customized restoration is ready, Dr. Clavin will attach it to the abutment, ensuring it fits comfortably and blends in with your smile.
Financing Your Dental Implants
Dental insurance companies typically do not cover dental implant treatment but our team will file necessary paperwork to maximize your coverage. To help you manage out-of-pocket expenses, we accept most major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card, and also offer financing through LendingClub®.