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Kalispell Dental Implants
Dental implants are an exciting treatment option to offer patients these days. If you happen to be missing a single tooth or if you have lost most or all of your teeth, dental implants may be the best solution for you!
Essentially, implants are artificial tooth roots anchored in the bone beneath the gums where they become fused into the jaw. We are then able to put a crown atop the implant for a long-lasting and natural looking smile. We can even mount upper or lower dentures for those who are unhappy with removable dentures.
Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants in Flathead Valley because they offer similar functions as natural teeth while also helping to prevent bone loss in the jaw. Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth or to restore an entire smile, and when properly placed and cared for, the best dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dr. McAllister has advanced training in the placement and restoration of implants and has a passion for this type of treatment. He takes pride in providing patients with affordable dental implants that have life-changing effects. If you have any questions regarding implant treatment, dental implant cost, and whether or not it would benefit you, he would love to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.
Did you know…
that approximately 30 million people live with no natural teeth in one or both jaws? But more and more dental patients are opting for dental implants as a means of tooth replacement. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that 3 million people currently have dental implants – a number that is rapidly growing by about 500,000 per year. Modern titanium implants were first developed in the 1950’s, but archeologists have determined that ancient Egyptians and Mayans were the first cultures to implant artificial teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dental implants right for me?
You may qualify for dental implants if you have missing, broken, or severely decayed teeth and are in relatively good overall health. The only way of determining your eligibility for implants is to schedule a consultation with Dr. McAllister to identify whether you are a candidate or not.
What should I expect if my dentist and I decide dental implants are right for me?
Dental implants can often take a bit more time to complete than other dental treatments. Sometimes the implant can be placed and can have a temporary tooth put on it immediately. Other times the implant needs time to heal before it can have a “tooth” placed on it.
We will first assess your eligibility for an implant and determine if any extra steps are needed to complete treatment. Once you decide you would like to begin treatment we can schedule an appointment to place the implant. Often, the implant requires time to heal, so it will be sutured under the gum until it is ready. This can take anywhere from 4-9 months to complete. If this is the case, you will have the option to have a temporary tooth or denture placed.
At the conclusion of the healing period, you’ll return to be fitted for permanent crowns or dentures.
What type of post-treatment care will I require?
Dental implants are a great treatment option and can be relatively painless. Of course, there will be some discomfort following the surgery, but most patients do extremely well with the little bit of discomfort. We will provide everything necessary to allow comfortable and safe healing following the oral surgery.