Dental Implants

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Dental Implants Q&A

If you have missing teeth, you know the major impact it has on the appearance and function of your smile. Miller Dental in Jamestown, North Dakota, helps patients restore their smiles with dental implants. Clinton Miller, DMD, offers in-office dental implant procedures, saving you both time and money. To speak with Dr. Miller about restoring your missing teeth, call the office or book your appointment online today.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a very effective way to permanently replace missing teeth. Unlike other types of restorations that restore the tooth structure, dental implants also replace the root of your missing tooth. 

Dental implants consist of two main parts: a metal rod and an artificial tooth. The metal rod goes inside your jawbone and acts as an anchor for the artificial tooth. 

Dr. Miller uses dental implants in a variety of applications. In addition to individual dental implants, he also provides implant-supported dentures which can restore multiple teeth. 

Dental implants restore the appearance of missing teeth and provide strength and stability similar to your natural teeth. 

Why do I need a dental implant?

Missing teeth can cause changes to the alignment of your smile. Because your teeth function together, nearby teeth can shift out of place to make up for the gap left by your missing tooth. These changes can alter the way you speak and eat. 

Missing teeth can also lead to gum recession and bone loss because of the lack of stimulation in the empty space. 

Replacing your missing tooth is the best way to prevent your teeth from shifting out of place and preserve your smile. 

How do I know if dental implants are right for me?

Dental implants are appropriate for most people with one or more missing teeth. During your initial visit to Miller Dental, Dr. Miller can determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Successful candidates need enough bone in the area of the missing tooth to support the implant.

In some cases, Dr. Miller may prepare a bone graft to help reinforce your jawbone prior to the procedure. 

What happens during the dental implant procedure?

While other practices rely on periodontists 100 miles away to place and follow up with dental implants, Miller Dental allows you to undergo the entire dental implant process from implant placement to restoration in Jamestown. 

During the procedure, Dr. Miller uses anesthesia to minimize any pain or discomfort. He then uses a drill to place the metal rod in the area of your missing tooth. 

After the implant procedure, it generally takes three months for you to heal and the metal implant to fuse with your jawbone. Once healed, Dr. Miller sends digital impressions off to a lab that constructs your artificial tooth. 

The final step is the placement of your artificial tooth on top of the implant. Dental implants provide you with a long-lasting and reliable restoration that you can care for like your natural teeth. 

To speak with Miller Dental about restoring your smile with dental implants, book an appointment by phone or request one online today.