Dental Implants Specialist

Missoula Dental

Holistic Dentistry located in Missoula, MT

Dental implants act like the roots of your teeth and attach to restorations. With implants, you can use your crowns or dentures to their full potential. At Missoula Dental in Missoula, Montana, dentist Soren Loftus, DDS, evaluates your mouth and jaw before telling you if implants are the best option. Get in touch with Missoula Dental for an appointment by calling the office or by scheduling your visit online today.

Dental Implants Q&A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts. A process called osseointegration allows the bone in your jaw to fuse to a dental implant over a 3 to 6 month-long healing period after your dental implant procedure.

Once in place, dental implants act like natural tooth roots. The roots of your teeth stimulate the bone to prevent jaw bone resorption. Implants fill the same role.

Each dental implant connects to an attachment piece called an abutment. An implant abutment holds a dental restoration, like a crown or denture. Abutments are placed during a second procedure after osseointegration is complete.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Although the process of getting dental implants can span a few months, the benefits last the rest of your life. Using dental implants with restorations to replace missing teeth offers:

  • Stability
  • Durability
  • Few or no dietary restrictions
  • Easy cleaning and maintenance
  • A natural feel and appearance
  • Easier speaking and chewing

New evidence even suggests that replacing teeth with implants instead of dentures can slow or reduce the risk of cognitive decline and alzheimers. 

Whether it’s due to physical stimulation of chewing being transferred through the bone to the brain, the improved diet possible, or a combination of the above and other undiscovered factors, Implants remain by far the best option for tooth replacement for many reasons.

Unlike traditional dental bridges, dental implants do not rely on or affect your healthy remaining teeth. They also prevent teeth from shifting into the gap left by one or more missing teeth.

How are dental implants restored?

At Missoula Dental, Dr. Soren can finish your dental implants with restorations. These restorations can last for decades with optimal oral care and hygiene. Depending on the number of teeth you’re missing, you can get dental implants to support:

Crowns

A single crown, made to look just like a natural tooth, can attach to a dental implant and replace one missing tooth. 

Implant-supported bridges

Implant-supported bridges replace a few teeth in a row, but not an entire arch. 

Full dentures

Full dentures for your upper or lower arch can rely on the support of 4-6 dental implants spaced across your jaw. By using just 4-6 implants, you reduce the chances of too many implants weakening your jawbone.

To find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants at Missoula Dental, get in touch by calling the office and speaking with a friendly staff member or by scheduling a consultation online today.