Ever wonder what an implant is?? Well you’re not alone. As implants have become an increasingly common way of replacing a missing tooth or teeth, more and more people are educating themselves on the benefits of having an implant.
Benefits of replacing a missing tooth with an implant:
- Your bone health is maintained by having an implant
- The teeth around the implant are stabilized
- Adding chewing function lost by having a missing tooth saves on surrounding teeth
- Having an implant has no negative impact on adjacent teeth the way a bridge restoration might
- You can improve your appearance as implants appear very natural
- Improve your speech with an implant retained denture – poor fitting dentures can impede your speech
There are several steps to having an implant restoration. Choosing the most qualified, trusted dentist to place your implant is the first big decision you will have to make. Dr. Mike Giebenhain has placed well over 1000 implants in the last few years alone and truly honed his skills in every aspect of implant dentistry. If you already have a dentist in the Minneapolis, Wayzata or west metro area that has referred you to a specialist for an implant but you want a second opinion first, you could call Lakeside Family Dentistry for a free, no obligation consultation.
If you already have a missing tooth then your first visit is to make sure you are a good candidate for an implant. Dr. Mike will look at several things to make this determination.
If you still have the tooth but have been told you are going to lose it, now is the time to decide the best long term course of action. A skilled dentist may be able to take the tooth out and place the implant the same day.
Implants are often done at more than one facility due to very few dentists having the expertise to perform both the placement of the implant as well as putting the final crown on the implant. Due to Dr. Mike Giebenhain’s extensive training he is able to offer everything that is needed in one convenient location.
Once your implant is placed, you will wait approximately three months for the healing process to take place. After this time you should be ready to have the crown placed. This is done in only one appointment at Lakeside Family Dentistry because they have the best technology available today.
I know, I know, you’re still wondering, IS IT GOING TO HURT? To quote one of Dr. Mike’s patients right after he had his implant placed, he said, “I can’t believe how easy that was!” That is the typical response that we hear from patients after having this procedure done.
Dr. Mike does a great job of explaining the procedure so that you know what to expect based on your dental needs. Click here to check out Dr. Mike’s implant video as well as what Andy has to say about his experience with having Dr. Mike place his implant.