Dental Implants Duluth MN

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for the bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases, a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

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A smiling elderly man with dental implants

“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Erickson is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Dr. Erickson performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Dental Implant & Reconstructive Center

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Patient Review By Ann S

Our experience at Dental Implant and Reconstructive Center was great! During an especially challenging dental situation for my son, Dr. Esguerra and her team were not only compassionate and understanding to the stress of our situation, but did an amazing job of communicating with us throughout the whole process. They always worked with us to find appointments that fit our schedule and worked hard to make sure that my son and I were happy with the results of each procedure. I would highly recommend Dr. Esguerra and her team. Thanks for giving my son his smile back!

- Ann S

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Patient Review By Janine o

I was extremely satisfied with the service that I received from everyone at your office and will recommend you to anyone that needs dental care.

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Patient Review By mary jo M

Our son is 34 years old. He needed a implant bridge in the front top. We are so pleased with Dr Esguerra. She was so kind and patient with our son. Her staff was so wonderful , friendly and helpful with Sean . He ended up having a beautiful smile. Thank you so much Dr Esguerra.

- mary jo M

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Patient Review By Cheng-Khee C

Dr. Roxanna Esguerra is among the best professionals I have met in my life. During the entire processes of my dental work, she was courteous, thoughtful, integral, cautious, professional and perfectionistic. In my opinion, she has set up the high professional standards for others to follow. In addition, I admire and appreciate Dr. Esguerra’s dental and clerical assistants. They worked hard with dedication, enthusiasm and efficiency as a harmonious team to provide patients the best service! Overall, I have received the best dental work. My teeth look great, my bites are perfect and I can enjoy all my favorite foods. All these have changed my life! On the last day of my visit when my procedure was completed, I felt that I belong to the Dental Implant & Reconstructive Center family, and reluctant to leave!

- Cheng-Khee C

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Patient Review By Izzy N

Very satisfied with service. Doctor and staff were very welcoming and pleasant. As a young patient with a disability I was treated with respect and caring. They went above and beyond to help me.

- Izzy N

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