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March 23, 2023

Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth
MDTV Dental Implants Expert, Joseph Gendler DDS, in Minneapolis - Hopkins Joins the Cause With MDTV® To Provide Dental Implants For People With Missing Teeth, Faulty Bridgework And Ill-Fitting Dentures
Local Minneapolis Dentist, Joseph Gendler DDS, To Provide Answers About Dental Implants

Do You Have Embarrassing, Loose Dentures, Missing Teeth or Obsolete Bridgework and Live in the Minneapolis, Hopkins or Minnetonka, MN Area? Dental Implants May Be the Answer.

Joseph Gendler DDS is a Minneapolis - Hopkins dentist with a practice that emphasizes dental implants.

For more information about Joseph Gendler DDS, click here: Minneapolis Dental Implants Center

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are basically sophisticated screws made of the medically pure metal, Titanium. These screws are placed in the jaw bone and rest under the gum for 3 - 6 months. During this time they actually fuse to the jawbone and become osseo(bone) integrated.

After the appropriate healing time, we uncover the implants and use them to replace one or more missing teeth by fabricating a dental prosthesis. We have our own dental lab for creating your restorations right here in Hopkins, MN. This allows a very tight control of quality levels in creating your restorations.

How long have dental implants been used in dentistry?

Dental implants have been available for the past 50 years or so. There are significant differences, however, between the various types of implants that have been used to replace missing teeth. These differences are important since they are directly related tothe implant's success rate.

The implants currently in use today, OSSEOINTEGRATED IMPLANTS, were originally developed in Sweden by Dr. P.I. Branemark, a Swedish Orthopedist approximately 25-30 years ago. They have been used in the U.S. for the past 12 years.

Is there a difference between the different implant manufacturers?

All implants in use in the United States are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Originally, the only system available was the Noblepharma Branemark implant. Today, there are numerous implant companies in use on a daily basis. All of these companies are FDA approved and must meet very stringent requirements. Our dental team in Minneapolis - Hopkins will choose the system that is best for you and the one that allows us to accomplish your restorative goals.

What are implants made of?

Implants are made of commercially and medically pure Titanium. This is the same metal that has been successfully used in hip implants for many years. It is inert and is not known to cause any type of rejection phenomenon.

How complicated is the surgery?

Implant surgery is done in two stages. The first stage happens at our dental practice in southwest Minneapolis under light sedation and involves the placement of the implants into the available jaw bone. It is complicated only in the sense that the surgery requires great precision. However, all of Dr. Gendler's training and experience in dental implants works to insure success. The dental implant operatory is set up similar to an surgical suite, with thoroughly sterilized equipment and an experienced staff to assist.

Stage two also occurs at our practice in Minneapolis and involves the uncovering of the implants after they have integrated (fused). This can be accomplished with minor gum surgery or with a dental laser and is a relatively minor procedure. In both instances, minimal postoperative discomfort is noticed. You will be given the appropriate antibiotics and analgesics just as a precaution.

Very definitive postoperative instruction will be given to you at the time of surgery. If you follow the guidelines, everything should proceed without a problem.

Can implants be rejected?

No! They are made of an inert metal which has no history of rejection by the body. They are not a living organ such as the lung or liver and therefore there is no rejection phenomenon. If failure should occur, and this is only a remote possibility, it is mechanical in nature and not due to rejection by the body.

By the way, depending on the source you read, implants are anywhere from 85-95 percent successful depending upon certain factors such as implant location, amount and quality of bone etc. These factors will be evaluated before we place your implants. If you have any questions regarding this or any other aspect of the implant process, ask Dr. Gendler.

If I lose several teeth, do they each have to be replaced with a separate implant?

No. Although implants simulate the roots of teeth, biomechanical implants can be used to replace one or more teeth. This will depend upon the mechanical requirements of your chosen prosthesis. At your consultation, Dr Gendler will discuss the various treatment alternatives and the type and number of implants that are needed in order to fulfill your treatment objectives.

What about infection and complications?

During the surgery every attempt is made to maintain a totally sterile field. This tends to minimize any potential for postoperative infection. Once again, Dr. Gendler will prescribe the appropriate antibiotics as a precautionary measure.

Once the implants have been attached to your prosthesis, it is imperative for you to maintain scrupulous oral hygiene. Success very often depends on your cooperation and home-care efforts. However, should you need adjustment or have questions, we are conveniently located in the southwest Minneapolis / Hopkins / Minnetonka area.

What types of restorations can be placed on implants?

The answer to this question depends upon your treatment objectives. This can vary from simple removable prostheses like dentures or a partial, using the implants for retention , to totally implant supported porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and bridges. Implant bridges can be either removable or fixed (not removable)depending upon the number of implants. We are now finally able to replace single or multiple missing teeth returning the dentition to a biologically healthy and esthetically pleasing state.

Will I be able to chew and function normally?

Yes! Once your implants have integrated, you will be able to function normally without any unusual sensations. Your chewing ability will really depend upon the type of prosthesis you have chosen.

How long is the entire implant process?

Dental implants take approximately 3-4 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper to integrate. Once integrated, it takes several visits to several months to complete the restoration depending upon the complexity.

What is the cost?

The cost of implant dentistry is based upon a combination of the surgical phase and the prosthetic phase. Your total treatment fee will depend upon the number of implants and the complexity of your final restoration.

We hope that this brief explanation will answer some of your questions regarding implant dentistry.

Dr. Joseph Gendler will be happy to discuss any of these questions with you at your consultation.

The practice is located at:
Twin Cities Dental Center
1222 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343

Call Today: (952) 836-1113

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