At West Lakes Dentistry, we have an incredible solution to missing teeth. Dental implants can restore tooth function, reduce the risk of infection, and last longer than most other tooth replacement options.
A shiny new tooth awaits! Restore your smile, restore your health! Filling in that empty space can give you a boost of confidence when you look in the mirror. We want to help you be happy, be healthy, be you!
You don’t have to continue enduring this alone. Our kind team of dentists, hygienists, and assistants is here to help you get your smile back! We love to see you smile! Call us today at either our Mound or Chaska locations to explore your treatment options!
Are You Suffering From Pain or Discomfort?
Missing teeth can cause more than shyness. Difficulty eating, speaking, or even maintaining your oral hygiene are all incredibly common symptoms of missing teeth. Tooth loss leads to all sorts of health complications from poor diet, to heart disease.
By replacing missing or decayed teeth with a dental implant, you’ll not only be getting a natural look, but also a natural feel! Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, just like existing teeth, which keeps the jaw healthy and strong.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an amazing development in dental restorations and the sturdiest tooth replacement available. Unlike traditional restorations that only restore the visible portion of your tooth, a dental implant goes further to restore the missing tooth root as well.
Dental implants consist of three parts that work together to restore different parts of your tooth:
The Implant | This consists of a small titanium rod that is surgically installed into your jawbone. The implant itself replaces just the root of your tooth to stimulate the jawbone and support your new tooth.
The Abutment | This piece is placed on top of your dental implant as a connector between the implant itself and the tooth restoration on top.
The Crown or Dental Restoration | This is the visible and biting surface of your new tooth that sits atop the abutment. Dental implants can support a single tooth crown, a dental bridge, or a full set of dentures.
This combination results in a solid, long-lasting root and a crown that looks just like its neighboring natural teeth. Because tooth implants are firmly secured to your jawbone, they can not only last a lifetime but also benefit your overall oral health as well!
Our dentists at West Lakes Dentistry are experienced and fully equipped to offer the full dental implant treatment at both our Mound and our Chaska offices. That’s something not every dental practice can say!
We also offer Hybridge® dental implants–a great option for patients missing most of their teeth! Hybridge implants provide a unique way of placing an entire row of teeth on just a few implants.
We’re the first choice for replacing missing teeth in Mound and Chaska! Contact us today to finally get the smile of your dreams!
Since implantation is a surgical procedure, some people may not fit this treatment plan. Several factors may complicate the dental implant procedure:
Existing health problems
Our experienced team of professionals will help walk you through your options so that you can make the best decision for your specific lifestyle and budget. Every individual we see is unique and it’s our goal to create a treatment plan that works just for you!
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Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many benefits of getting a dental implant, but here are just a few:
If you’ve experienced tooth loss from decay or an accident, a dental implant will restore the chewing surface while also maintaining the health of your entire mouth! Your ability to eat and speak will greatly improve with a dental implant.
Missing or decayed teeth can change your overall facial appearance. A dental implant ensures that your jaw and mouth retain your natural skeletal structures. It can also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting around.
Our teeth stimulate the jawbone, keeping it healthy and strong. Missing teeth create gaps in your jawbone where bone density loss can occur. A bone graft will be needed to fix this issue.
When you have a missing tooth or teeth, it creates a gap in which your remaining teeth will try to fill. A dental implant keeps your teeth in place and ensures that your smile is strong and secure.
You shouldn’t be worrying over your teeth when having meals with friends or family. With newfound confidence, you’ll be able to get back to enjoying the little things in life. Laughing, smiling, and creating new, lasting memories!
Whether you need a single implant or full-mouth dental implants, the benefits of dental implants can be life-changing!
When you come to West Lakes Dentistry for your dental implants, we will walk you through the steps to reach your individual goals. There are a variety of dental implant options available to accommodate a variety of needs:
If you’ve lost a tooth or are dealing with disease or decay in a tooth, a single dental implant is a great option to restore the tooth and keep your mouth healthy.
A single implant will act just like any other existing tooth in your mouth. A tiny titanium rod is individually placed within the jawbone, and a crown is then set atop it, giving you a natural look and feel. Each one has a body, abutment, and dental prosthetic attached at the top.
Hybridge implant bridges use implants to support multiple false teeth at once. Our dentists have received special training to be able to offer this unique way to replace missing teeth. By forming a partnership with Hybridge Dental Implants, West Lakes Dentistry is able to get the exact parts needed for each patient quickly. No mix-ups from multiple vendors. No parts that don’t quite fit. Hybridge is a trusted name in the industry, and your safety and comfort are paramount throughout the treatment.
Hybridge has revolutionized the dental implant process. Just as strong as their traditional counterparts, Hybridge Implants differ in one key way: the prosthetic is designed to completely replace a full arch of your teeth. Each Hybridge dental implant is custom made to the patient’s mouth, ensuring that you’ll have a beautiful smile and perfect alignment every time.
If you’re missing all or most of your teeth you might be considering traditional dentures, but we urge you to consider dentures of a stronger, sturdier variety – implant-supported dentures.
This treatment is a very lifelike set of dentures held securely and permanently in place on strategically placed dental implant posts. This is efficient, while still being strong and effective. Dentures anchored with dental implants are long-lasting, durable, look and feel just like natural teeth, and will never slip or slide during dinner.
Full-arch implants use a series of 4-6 dental implants to restore an entire arch of missing teeth. Once these implants have been placed and have healed, we will make a set of permanent or removable implant-supported dentures that clip onto the implants.
A full-arch replaces all of the teeth on either the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both. You will need to have all your teeth removed or gone from the jaw that receives the full-arch. Unlike traditional dentures, these dentures will never shift or move, and they look and feel completely natural. Full-arch implants also help strengthen and protect your jaw bone, preventing bone resorption after tooth loss.
These dentures are custom-made to fit snugly over your gums. They are secured with a special adhesive and are removable. Regular dentures make a great option if you’re looking for a cost-effective solution with some flexibility.
A convenient option to traditional dentures are snap-in dentures, which combines the health and security benefits of dental implants with the removable feature of regular dentures. These dentures snap onto a set of implants but can be removed at your leisure.
West Lakes Dentistry offers coverage for many health insurance plans. No insurance? No problem! We offer a variety of payment plans that can make our services more affordable. Our experienced staff will help you select the best one that works for you and your budget.
Don’t let insurance stop you from receiving the care that you need! We work hard for our patients, and we don’t charge unnecessary fees or push needless treatments. Prevention and early detection are key in maintaining a healthy smile.
Dental Implants require a surgical procedure to place. They restore your ability to eat and speak permanently! At West Lakes Dentistry, we are trained to perform the full procedure right in our office! We will be with you every step of the way on your journey to a radiant smile:
Our dentist will perform a comprehensive examination to understand the condition of your jaw and existing teeth. This includes taking x-rays and digital impressions and discussing your current medications and conditions.
Prep Work (same day or soon after exam)
Sometimes there is a need for extractions, bone grafts, or gum disease treatment before a dental implant can be placed. If this is the case, we’ll take care of your needs
Placing the Implant (2-7 days after the exam)
This is the surgical placement of tiny titanium rods into the jawbone. Just like a natural tooth, this implant stimulates the jawbone and keeps it strong and healthy while supporting a crown, bridge, or denture.
Post-Op Evaluation (1 week after surgery)
You'll come back to our office for a full evaluation to ensure proper healing, aesthetics, and functionality.
Abutment Placement (3-6 months after surgery)
Once your implants have healed, our dentist will place an abutment, which is a small metal piece that fits on top of the implant. This allows your crown or denture to connect to the implant. Temporary, non-removable teeth are attached to keep the gums from healing around the area.
Crown Placement (1-2 weeks after abutment placement)
After your gums have healed, your dentist will place your final crown or denture. We’ll conduct a final evaluation of your bite and the look of the new crown. The dental implant will last 20 years or more with proper care. The crown or denture may need to be replaced after 10-15 years.
The entire treatment will span the course of a few months as we will book multiple appointments, wait for your mouth to heal, and prepare your tooth replacements. When it’s all over, you’ll have a brand new tooth that could last the rest of your life.
From my very 1st visit, Dr Stephanie Miner and staff were so friendly and helpful with answering every question I had and totally made me feel at ease. I would highly recommend them to everyone I know! – Diane N.
Dental implants require a surgical procedure that takes a few months to get through but the results are well worth the effort. Though we do everything we can to make the procedure itself painless, there may be some pain during the healing process. By following our at-home care guide you can mitigate discomfort.
Stock up on soft foods: Yogurt, smooth ice cream/sherberts, pasta, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, etc. are perfect choices for recovery. You don’t want to chew on hard food to avoid further irritation and soreness.
Don’t drink from a straw: Suction can dislodge the blood clots that form after surgery, causing a “dry socket” that can be incredibly painful. Once a dry socket has formed, it takes about 7 days for tissue to regrow and heal.
Ice packs can help! After a procedure, you may notice some swelling–that is completely normal. Use an icepack in 15-minute intervals for one or two-hour periods to help give some relief. Never put ice directly on the skin.
Avoid tobacco products: Tobacco not only stains your teeth but can also increase your chance of infection. This includes root canal infections. You should avoid using tobacco products for at least 2 months after your surgery.
While the average lifespan of a dental implant is 25 years, your implants can last a lifetime with proper hygiene and care routines! Treat your implants the same as you would your existing teeth:
Brush twice daily.
Floss once a day.
Use antimicrobial mouthwash.
Avoid biting on hard surfaces like ice or tricky plastic lids.
Preparation is a great way to get a head start on your new smile before you even sit down in our office. Here are some helpful tips to make sure you’re prepared for recovery:
Prep Food and Drink: Feel free to eat a light meal a couple of hours before your procedure. Stock up on your favorite smoothies, juice, and other soft food favorites like pasta for after your procedure.
Take Medication: You may be prescribed antibiotics to take a few days before surgery to prevent implantation failure. It is also possible to be given a special antibacterial mouthwash to use as well.
Stop Bad Habits: Smoking can slow down the healing process and increase your risk of infection. Make sure that you speak with our dentist about your tobacco usage. There are dental implant alternatives that may be a better fit.
Our dentist will most likely suggest, or prescribe, pain management solutions. Make sure you take these medications as directed.
It will take a few months for your implants to heal enough for your permanent crown, bridge, or denture to be placed. Common side effects you may experience are swelling, minor bruising, and discomfort.
Soft foods are the way to go during your healing process–smooth ice cream/sherberts can be a great way to soothe sore gums!
For long-term care, you’ll want to adopt a good oral hygiene routine. Your implants can’t get cavities, but they can still be affected by periodontal disease so it’s best to stay vigilant! Keep up with your regular appointments and you’ll be smooth sailing!
You’ve come to the right place! West Lakes Dentistry offers sedation dentistry options! Not only can this addition to your implant surgery make the process easier and less stressful for you, but if you utilize sedation at every dental visit, you could very well cure your dental anxiety!
Our sedation options:
Oral Conscious Sedation: Oral sedation is taken as a small pill about an hour before your appointment. It will leave you feeling drowsy and relaxed–you might not even remember a thing from your surgery!
Nitrous Oxide: A lighter form of sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), makes you feel peaceful and content. It’s administered through a nasal mask that lets you breathe in the gas. It’s great for taking the edge off of nerves!
Visit Us Today for a Pain-Free Tomorrow!
You don’t have to go toothless any longer! West Lakes Dentistry is here to help you get your full healthy smile with dental implants.