If you are missing teeth, our dentist may recommend dental implants as the ideal solution for your smile. Implants replace both the root and crown of your missing tooth, working to stimulate your supporting bone structure to keep your mouth healthy as well as giving you back a beautiful smile and restoring your ability to speak and eat normally. Implants may be recommended to replace single teeth or a full arch of teeth depending on your needs.
When you receive a dental implant, our dentist will begin by surgically placing an implant post into your jaw at the site of the missing tooth. An implant post is typically made of titanium or another biocompatible material, and it works to replace your tooth root, ensuring that your implant will remain stable. Like your original tooth root, the implant post will stimulate your supporting bone to keep it healthy and strong and provide support for your teeth and implants.
After a period of healing to allow the implant post to integrate with your bone, an implant restoration will be placed atop the post. Your implant restoration may be a crown, bridge, or a complete or partial denture depending on your individual needs. It will be custom made to fit your smile perfectly and fully restore your oral health and function as well as your beautiful smile.
Anyone who is missing teeth is a candidate for implants. If you have a preexisting condition such as tooth decay or periodontal disease, you will need to receive treatment for that condition before you can receive an implant. You may also need a bone grafting treatment before your implant placement. Our dentist will evaluate your mouth thoroughly to determine if any additional treatments are needed before your implant placement. Implants are designed to last a lifetime when properly cared for with good oral hygiene and regular visits to Lockwood Family Dental.
For more information about implant dentistry in Billings and Lockwood, Montana, and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Brysen Hansen, please contact our office at 406-702-1438.