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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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Your questions are always welcome at Northern Hills Dental. We want you to always be fully informed and comfortable with decisions you make about your family's dental care. Our team has many years of experience and can answer any oral health care questions you have. No question is too big or too small – if it's a concern for you, it's a concern for us, too. 

We've chosen a few questions we hear frequently and shared them below. However, you probably have some of your own, so please contact us if you don't see your question answered here. 

Dental Implants

Once the implant and restoration process is complete, most people cannot feel any difference between the implant and their own natural teeth. Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth that are held in place by a small post (the implant) placed in your jaw. The stability afforded by the dental implant has a lot to do with its natural fit and feel.

Dental implants have quickly become the tooth replacement method of choice at our dental office. An implant is the only option for replacing one or more missing teeth that is designed to act and feel like a fully functioning tooth. Unlike dental bridges or partial dentures, the implant is secured to your jawbone and becomes a replacement for the missing root.

The primary purpose of the replacement root is to stabilize the dental restoration that is attached to it. It also protects your oral health by helping to stimulate regrowth of the surrounding bone and tissue in your jaw. If the root is not replaced, the jawbone can gradually deteriorate because it lacks the root.

You should definitely consider dental implants if you are missing one or more teeth. We understand it is a big decision, and you should have all the information you need to decide if an implant is right for you. Please contact our dental office and we will be happy to arrange a consultation so that we can explain the procedure and answer your questions.

Basically, a dental implant is a replacement tooth. Its foundation is a small titanium post implanted in the jaw bone and gradually integrates with surrounding bone and tissue. A dental implant can be placed almost anywhere that a tooth used to be. It is different from other options like dentures and bridges because it actually takes the place of the root of your missing tooth.

Our dental implants are specially prepared so that the bone cells of your body will grow close to the implants and attach to it. A crown or other appliance will later be attached to your dental implant to create a new, functioning tooth.

Dental implants need to be cared for properly, but they will not develop cavities the way that natural teeth do. The crown will also need proper care so that your dental implant can provide the lifetime of service.

If you are looking for a solution to replace a missing tooth, please contact our dental office. Dental implants are a great option, but not everyone is a good candidate for this type of tooth replacement. We can arrange a consultation with Dr. Stone to discuss your needs and help you decide if a dental implant is the best choice for you.

Dental implants are so effective because of a very small post that is inserted in your jaw. This post actually integrates with surrounding bone tissue and becomes a replacement root for your missing tooth.

The implant is made of titanium, a remarkable material that is bio-compatible. This means that the implant is absorbed as a natural part of surrounding tissue.

Dental implants are actually placed in three steps. First, the implant is placed in your jaw and allowed to heal. Once healing is complete, a small extension called an abutment is attached to the implant. Finally, a dental crown is attached to the abutment, creating a fully functional, stable tooth.

The fact that the dental implant actually becomes part of your jaw makes it the one of the most effective tooth replacement options available today. This is because it provides all the stability of a natural tooth, allowing you to speak and chew normally.

Even though a dental implant is considered to be permanent, the crown portion may eventually need to be repaired or replaced.

Having a dental implant placed is a big decision, and you should gather as much information as possible about the advantages and cost involved. Please don’t hesitate to contact our dental office, and we will be glad to arrange a consultation to answer all your questions and discuss the procedure.


Missing teeth can lead to all sorts of problems aside from the impact they have on your appearance. That is why we recommend replacing missing teeth as soon as possible.

A missing tooth can cause discomfort when you eat and chew and can also make it difficult to speak clearly. Since surrounding teeth have to take up some of the work of the missing tooth, they may also feel sore and overworked.

This can also lead to problems with your dental bite as excess pressure causes you to move your jaw in an unnatural way. When your bite is unbalanced (meaning that you bite down harder on one side than the other), you may start to grind your teeth. In turn, teeth grinding can lead to its own problems like premature wear, broken teeth, and even TMD.

Another potential problem is the natural movement of your teeth over time. When a tooth and its root are missing, surrounding teeth will gradually move to fill the empty space. This happens because there is nothing there to prevent them from shifting out of their proper position.

Replacing missing teeth is not just good for your self-esteem, but it also benefits your oral health. At Northern Hills Dental we offer a number of solutions for replacing missing teeth, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures. Please contact us to arrange a consultation so we can explain all your options.


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