Rapid City Dental Implants

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Dental Implants in Rapid City, SD

What are dental implants?
Implants are surgical grade titanium posts that are surgically placed beneath your gums to replace the roots of teeth that have been extracted in the past. After placement, the implants fuse to the bone and act as artificial tooth roots. Replacement teeth – that can be either removable or non-removable – are then attached to the implants.

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What are the benefits of implants?
One key benefit of implants is that they become a part of your jaw, offering stable support to either fixed or removable teeth. Dentures, bridges or individual teeth mounted to the implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth. You will enjoy better nutrition and improved speech as a result of your new dental implants.
The secure fit of implant-supported crowns and bridges feels much more natural than conventional dentures or partial dentures. In addition, you will also find the stability of implant-supported dentures to be far more comfortable than removable dentures.

While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

How can I tell if implants are the right choice for me?
We can help, as part of a thorough evaluation, your dentist will check the condition of your mouth, the supporting bone in your jaws and the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. Dr. Bart Samuelson may gather additional information by taking dental X-rays or making models of your teeth. This information will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Rapid City Dental Implants
FAQs.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have given countless patients many amazing benefits.

  • You will smile again
  • Improved appearance
  • Improved comfort
  • Improved speech
  • Eat better, enjoy more foods, better nutrition
  • Convenience
  • Improved self-esteem
What might prevent me from being a candidate?

There are some medical factors that might prevent a person from being a good candidate for dental implants. Some of these may be uncontrolled diabetes, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, parathyroid disorders, blood disorders, rare bone disorders or bone marrow cancer. smoking will increase the risk of implant failure. Some physical factors may include insufficient or poor quality bone, low sinuses or nerve bundles.

Is there an age limit for dental implants?

No. Any person at any age can have dental implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the implants.

How often do the implants need to be checked?

The success of your implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain them. They will need to be professionally cleaned by a hygienist and examined by your implant dentist every three to four months. This hygienist should be trained in the specific procedure of maintaining dental implants. Also, brushing and flossing daily is absolutely necessary for long-term success.

Is the dental implant surgery painful?

No. An effective local anesthetic is used during the surgery so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants. The mild discomfort you might experience after surgery can be controlled with medications.

When can I return to work after surgery?

You can go to work the next day, unless some particular surgical circumstance arises. Your implant dentist will discuss all postoperative instructions with you.

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