Dental Implants

Dental implants are a durable, aesthetically pleasing permanent solution for patients with missing teeth. Whether you lost a tooth due to accident or injury, decay or oral surgery, dental implants can be a less intrusive option for you than dentures or bridges.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are tooth-colored ceramic crowns affixed to a titanium post. The posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone. The crown of the dental implant is created to match the color and shape of the original tooth, or else a tooth that fits in with the rest of your natural teeth. A dental surgeon performs the procedure and most healthy adults with no other oral issues are eligible. Once the process is over, you have a permanent crown that will stay in place and feel just like a normal, natural tooth.

Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?

Traditional dentures tend to loosen in the mouth or make clicking sounds when you talk, speak or sing. They are short-term solutions to missing teeth and are sometimes difficult to maintain. Dentures can also cause damage to the surrounding teeth due to abrasions over time. Bridges cause similar problems and both dentures and bridges need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years, according to experts. Dental implants

Will Dental Implants Be Right For Me?

During your consultation with the dentist, ask about dental implants. Your dentist will evaluate your overall oral health and specifically your mouth where there are missing teeth. In general, dental implants are a viable alternative for healthy adults whose jawbones have stopped growing. Some existing medical conditions may eliminate dental implants as an option with you so be sure to disclose any issues during your consultation. Other conditions, like not enough bone, gum disease or smoking habits, may also affect your candidacy for dental implants.


If you would like to learn more about dentures or any other dental service, please contact Bridge Creek Dental at (406) 652-1600 for a consultation. We look forward to serving you!


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