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Dental Implants – Rochester, MN

Get Your Full Smile Back

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Missing teeth are a very common problem, but fortunately, dentistry has come up with a solution that basically helps patients get their natural teeth back: dental implants. They go a step beyond other replacements and bring back the root as well as the crown of a tooth, providing a final product that looks, feels, and functions just like the real thing. Now, people in Rochester with incomplete smiles can get this state-of-the-art solution right here at Gentling Dental Care, ensuring they enjoy a happy and whole smile for decades to come.

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Why Choose us for Dental Implants?

  • Trusted by Rochester for 70+ years
  • Team led by 4 highly-skilled dentists
  • Implant restorations custom-made for each patient

Benefits of Dental Implants

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  • With dental implants, a new tooth is anchored directly to the jawbone using a small titanium post that is designed to work as a tooth root. Because of this, patients don’t have to worry about their teeth moving or shifting around as they eat and speak.
  • And, because of these new roots, implants are able to stop and even reverse the bone loss that occurs after tooth loss. This helps a patient maintain the natural shape of their face over time.
  • Topped with 100% porcelain restorations, dental implants are extremely lifelike in appearance and are a seamless addition to any smile.
  • Dental implants don’t require some extensive care routine. Patients can look after them with basic oral hygiene, consisting of daily brushing, flossing, and bi-annual dental visits.
  • While regular bridges and dentures usually need to be replaced every 5-7 years, dental implants can easily last for 30 or more.

Indications for Dental Implants

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One of the biggest strengths of dental implants is that they are so versatile. No matter your degree of tooth loss, our team can use this treatment to rebuild your smile:

Missing One Tooth

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Normally when replacing a single tooth, the neighboring teeth would have to be filed down in order to support a bridge. With an implant, however, an entire tooth can be placed into the smile without disturbing the surrounding dental structure.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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While multiple dental implant-retained teeth can be placed throughout the mouth, for patients missing more than one tooth in a row, just two implants can support a strong and secure bridge. This is a much more cost-effective solution, but it still provides results that can be trusted to last a lifetime.

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Missing All Teeth

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Regular dentures rely on the gums or neighboring teeth for support, and this is what makes them less stable than real teeth. With implants, however, our team can attach a prosthetic directly to the jawbone, giving patients security and bite strength much more similar to their natural teeth.

Partnered With Specialists

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Dental implant roots have to be surgically placed into the jawbone, and to ensure our patients receive the highest standard of care, we have partnered with a local network of specialists who have performed this procedure countless times. We have used each one for many years, and they always deliver fantastic results our patients can rely on. After a patient has had time to heal from placement, they’ll return to Gentling Dental Care to receive their brand new teeth.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Because dental implants can be designed to help patients missing any number of teeth, there is no set price for the treatment, and the final cost of the procedure will be based on each person’s particular situation. Factors such as how many implants are needed and what kind of restoration is used can either make the treatment more or less expensive.

While traditional bridges and dentures may cost less upfront compared to dental implants, they actually end up being more expensive as time goes on. Regular restorations have to be replaced every 5-7 years on average, while dental implants can easily last for 30+, meaning a patient won’t have to spend money on multiple retreatments.

Dental Implant FAQ’s

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Dental implants in Rochester are a wonderful solution for tooth loss and offer our patients many advantages they can’t get from traditional bridges and dentures. But to make the process as easy as possible and help you make an informed decision, we’ve put together answers to the most common questions we hear at Gentling Dental Care. But if you have a question that isn’t answered below, get in touch at any time. We’re always available to help in any way we can!

What Can I Expect From the Recovery Process?

The recovery from any surgery, no matter how minor, can vary depending on your general health and age. For an implant procedure specifically, it will depend on how many implants were placed, the health of your gums, and how closely you follow your post-operative instructions. 

With that said, we recommend that you take 2-3 days off to rest because you’ll have moderate swelling and tenderness that typically lasts for several days. After that, the remainder of the healing process is usually over in 5-7 days. Before the surgery, you’ll get recommendations for pain medication and detailed instructions for how to care for the area and promote healing. Fortunately, many people say that their pain is very manageable.

Are Implants Covered By Insurance?

Everyone’s benefits vary, but many plans only cover the lowest-cost treatments (e.g. bridges and dentures) regardless of whether it’s best for a patient or not. However, insurance may cover a portion of the restoration that’s used to complete an implant (a dental crown, bridge, or denture).

As a dentist in Rochester, we recommend that you start by looking over your plan benefits and then give us a call if you have any questions. We’re always happy to explain what your dental insurance will cover.

Does the Implant Procedure Hurt?

You may be surprised to learn that many people say their implant surgery wasn’t as painful as they expected. Rest assured that we work with outstanding specialists who completed many years of advanced training after dental school to provide both anesthetic and sedation. In addition, the surgery is often compared to having an extraction, so while you may feel pressure, you won’t feel any pain.

Are Implants Safe?

Yes! Dental implants are made from the same material that’s used in knee and hip replacements: bio-compatible surgical-grade titanium. You’ll also be glad to know that millions of people have gotten implants over many years with great success.

Will I Need a Bone Graft?

Unfortunately, one of the side effects of tooth loss is that the body slowly begins to “absorb” the jawbone after the teeth are extracted, leaving it thinner and weaker over time. When there isn’t enough jawbone left to support an implant, a bone graft is done to fortify and strengthen the jaws prior to implant surgery.

In many cases, bone grafts are necessary when the natural teeth have been missing for many years, although there can be other reasons for the procedure. To determine whether a bone graft is necessary, detailed images will be taken of your jaws during a consultation so you’ll know what to expect before getting started.