Implants Specialist

Northern Lights Dental Clinic

Dentistry located in North Pole, AK

Even the most diligent brushers and flossers can fall victim to irreversible tooth decay., but losing your tooth doesn’t mean you have to suffer through ill-fitting prosthetic teeth. At Northern Lights Dental Clinic in North Pole, Alaska, the team of experienced dentists can fit you for dental implants to hold your new teeth securely in place. For more information on dental implants, call Northern Lights Dental Clinic or book an appointment online today.

Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are discrete titanium posts that screw directly into your gums, tissue, and jawbone to provide stability for prosthetic teeth. During the healing process, these replacement tooth roots fuse to your bone, so they become a natural addition to your mouth and keep your new teeth securely in place.

Unlike alternative dental restorations, like bridges, implants are a permanent tooth replacement solutions that last for decades, even a lifetime in some cases.

Which dental implant benefits should I consider?

Dental implants are an ideal solution if you have enough bone in your jaw to hold them. If you don’t, however, the Northern Lights Dental Clinic team recommends asking about a bone graft procedure to add extra bone to your jaw. Dental implants offer a number of benefits for your smile, including:

Durability

Dental implants fuse with your jawbone, so they look, feel, and function exactly like your natural tooth roots. When cared for properly, they can secure your prosthetic teeth for a lifetime.

Improved oral health

Unlike tooth-supported bridges, the Northern Lights Dental Clinic team does not need to file down any of your natural teeth to make room for your implants. This allows you to keep your natural teeth healthy and intact.

Comfort

Once your dental implants are screwed into your jaw, you can’t see or feel them. They essentially become your new tooth roots, which hold your prosthetic replacement teeth in place. This means you never have to deal with removable dentures or sticky adhesives.

Easier eating and speaking

Without the stability that dental implants provide, your dentures can easily shift in your mouth when you eat or speak. This is frustrating for many denture wearers, as ill-fitting prosthetics cause a wide range of problems, including overproduction of saliva, painful eating, and slurring of speech. 

What can I expect from the dental implant process?

The dental implant process takes multiple months, but the reward is worth the time for people with missing teeth. The Northern Lights Dental Clinic team first takes X-rays and impressions of your mouth, eliminating the need for messy mold impressions. They use these scans and impressions to design a treatment plan that best suits your unique needs and oral health goals.

At your next appointment, the team numbs your gums with a local anesthetic and surgically inserts the implants into your gums and jawbone. Over the next four to six months, your mouth heals and naturally secures the implant in place, ensuring your new tooth roots won’t move or shift.

Once your gums fully heal, the team takes additional impressions of your mouth to prepare for your new prosthetic replacement. Before placing your prosthetic teeth, your dentist reopens your gums to expose the top of the implant, which will connect to your new dentures or dental crowns. At your final appointment, at least two weeks later, the team attaches your new teeth to the implant.

Your new implants help your prosthetics function exactly like your natural teeth. If you think you are a good candidate for dental implants, call Northern Lights Dental Clinic or book an appointment online.