MONTANA DENTAL WORKS
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MONTANA DENTAL WORKS
Dental Implants in Kalispell, MT
Do you suffer from damaged, decayed, or missing teeth? Are you tired of your dentures sliding around? Dental implants can solve all of your problems.
Dental implants are a practical and beautiful way to replace missing teeth. This minimally-invasive procedure will restore the aesthetics and function of your smile while preserving your oral health.
At Montana Dental Works, Dr. McAllister understands the impact that a healthy smile can have, and he wants all of his patients to experience this remarkable tooth-loss solution. As the gold standard of tooth replacement options, dental implants feature comprehensive benefits that no other restoration can match.
Implant dentistry has revolutionized cosmetic dental care. Dental implants, for example, are now able to give you all of the functions of a normal, healthy tooth. Below are some of the benefits of dental implants:
- Improved appearance
- Long-lasting durability
- Easier eating
- Enhanced speech
- Enhanced comfort
- Improved oral health
- Boosted self-esteem
The Components Of Dental Implants
At Montana Dental Works, we use three-piece dental implants. The parts include:
- The fixture: This is the portion of the implant that Dr. McAllister replaces your tooth root with during the minimally-invasive surgery. The fixture is made from a biocompatible titanium alloy, so your body will accept it, and osseointegration can occur. Osseointegration is the natural process of bone bonding with the implant.
- The abutment: Between the crown and the fixture lies the abutment. This piece secures the other two parts together.
- The crown: The crown is the only portion of the implant that anybody will see. Before your treatment, we’ll take impressions of your smile so that our dental laboratory can design and manufacture a restoration that will blend with the rest of your smile. Our crowns are made from high-grade porcelain, a durable, tooth-colored material that reacts to light the same way as your natural teeth, meaning all people will notice is a gleaming smile.
Types of Dental Implants
After the abutment is placed and you’re waiting for your gums to heal so that your dentist can attach the artificial tooth, you will have impressions of your mouth made. These will be used to make your natural-looking artificial teeth. During this time, your cosmetic dentists will walk you through your options and help you decide between either fixed or removable teeth, or a combination of both. Below is a description of the two primary types of prosthetics:
- Fixed Prosthetics — This type of tooth is permanently screwed or cemented onto an abutment, meaning it cannot be removed for cleaning or repair. Although most of these fixed crowns are attached to a single implant, if affordability is an issue, multiple crowns can be attached to one implant because of their remarkable strength. While these fixed prosthetics are an effective way to replace missing teeth, their main limitation is that they are not the best solution for those who are missing gum tissue and bone.
- Removable Prosthetics — Similar to traditional dentures, removable prosthetics consist of artificial white teeth surrounded by pink plastic gums that are mounted on a frame that attaches to the implant abutment. As the name indicates, this type of prosthetic can be easily removed for repair and cleaning.
If you have missing, broken, or severely decayed teeth, implants may be an option for you. There are some situations where supplemental treatments, such as a bone graft, might be necessary to prepare your smile for implants. However, Dr. McAllister can do all of this in his office.
In general, dental implants might be for you if you:
- Have missing or damaged teeth
- Have a strong jawbone that is fully grown
- Have strong and healthy soft oral tissues
- Can’t or refuse to wear dentures
- Want to eat your favorite foods
- Want a smile that can light up a room
A qualified and experienced cosmetic dentist will be able to assess your health and condition to determine whether or not you are a candidate. If you are in the Kalispell area and would like to schedule an appointment for this evaluation, contact Montana Dental Works today.
At Montana Dental Works, you can expect the dental implant process to take multiple months to complete. Most of this time is dedicated to healing and allowing the jawbone to osseointegrate with the implant.
The first step in the process is your consultation with Dr. McAllister. During this time, he’ll review your dental and medical history, examine your oral structure, and discuss the treatment options that are available to you. If you decide that implants are what you want, he’ll create a customized treatment plan.
After your comprehensive treatment plan is in place, you can expect the following steps over the next few months:
- Tooth removal/Jawbone is prepared (whether supplemental treatment is necessary will depend on your unique case)
- The titanium fixture is placed once the jawbone heals
- The fixture will be given time to stabilize and heal
- The abutment is put into place by your oral surgeon
- Molds and impressions will be collected to create your new tooth
- The custom-made tooth is placed after the soft tissue heals
- You can use your strong, healthy new tooth
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
With proper care, dental implants have an extremely high success rate. Although the rate can fluctuate depending on where in the jaw the implants are being placed, in general, implants have a success rate of over 95 percent. Oftentimes, when dental implants aren’t successful it is because of a patient not taking proper post-surgery care — for example, smoking or drinking through a straw. What’s more, with proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Are There Risks?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved with a dental implant surgery. However, problems are quite uncommon, and when they do occur, they’re typically minor and easily remedied.
Is The Dental Implant Procedure Painful?
With the help of modern medicine like nitrous oxide and anesthesia, patients are now able to undergo dental procedures with more comfort and fewer complications than ever before. Most patients report very little discomfort throughout the procedure. This being said, after the treatment it is not uncommon to experience some post-surgery symptoms. These symptoms include:
- Swelling at the site of the implant
Will People Notice My Implants?
No, most people will not be able to identify your implant. Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dentistry have made the results more life-like than ever before. Since the crown is the only piece of the implant that anybody will see, Dr. McAllister will make sure that it perfectly blends with your smile.
The Cost of Dental Implants
For many, the cost of dental implant can be a dealbreaker. However, they prove to yield a great return on investment, helping to save you money and discomfort in the long run. Once dental implants are secured and healed, patients typically do not need to spend any time caring for them individually. They can be treated like regular teeth. At Montana Dental Works, we strive to provide affordable dental implants. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or an entire row, we work with our patients to find an option that works for them and their budget.
Looking for affordable dental implants in Kalispell, Montana area? Contact Montana Dental Works. We’re proud to feature dental implants and a skilled dentist who has the necessary training and expertise to produce stunning restorations.
If you have questions regarding dental implants or any of our other services, give us a call at 406-752-1166. Alternatively, you can fill out the submission form below to schedule a consultation with Dr. McAllister.