Implants? Crowns? Veneers? Invisible braces? As dental technology and services have expanded in the Missoula area, so has the vocabulary. Dentistry has advanced to provide many new solutions that address almost every possible dental trouble.
In the past, if a patient in Missoula had a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth, Montana dentists regularly suggested dental bridges or dentures, because they were the best options at the time. These days, state-of-the-art dental implants in Missoula have proven to be superior to dental bridges for most local patients. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for some patients.
Advantages of Dental Implants in Missoula
Longevity – Dental implants are heavy-duty and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size, and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic troubles, these can commonly be fixed with the implant crown.
Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is needed.
Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.
If you are interested in getting a dental implant in Missoula, call Felton Dental Care at 406-728-0896 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Felton practices in the greater Lolo area from Felton Dental Care in Missoula. Our office will complete a thorough exam of your teeth, take x-rays, and guide you through everything. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, the process will begin.
Plaster dental impressions of both upper and lower plates will be taken. Dr. Felton will perfectly place the titanium implant, which looks like a dark screw, into the bone of your jaw. Over the next couple of months, the bone and implant will bond together to form a new root for your new tooth. After the required time has passed for bonding of the bone and implant, an extension called an abutment is placed on top of the initial implant post. This post extension is then capped with a temporary tooth. Meanwhile, the team of professionals at our lab will shape your new, permanent crown.
Dr. Felton will then put the attractive permanent crown on top of the full post. This tooth will match your other teeth to create a fantastic new smile. You will find that the comfort is the same as your natural teeth, to the point that you may even forget which tooth is the implant. The upkeep for dental implants in Missoula is the same as a normal tooth. Brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups are still required.
Scheduling an Appointment
If you want to find out if dental implants in Missoula are right for you or desire information about smile makeovers, call Felton Dental Care for more particulars. You can also ask us about cosmetic dentistry and sedation dentistry services. We look forward to meeting you!