Missing teeth can be embarrassing, causing people to hide their smile and lose their self-esteem. The space created by missing teeth can easily become infected with bacteria, causing other teeth to shift out of place, and making it difficult for people to speak or eat correctly. Dr. Beecroft and the staff at First Class Dental Care are sensitive to the hardship a missing tooth can create. We provide dental implants so that our patients can regain their self-confidence, improve their health, and approach life boldly.
Restore Missing Teeth Safely
Putting an implant in place is a complex procedure and patients throughout the Sioux Falls and surrounding areas trust us to replace their missing teeth due to the stellar reputation of Dr. Beecroft. We know that there are multiple dental providers to choose from so Dr. Beecroft and the staff at First Class Dental Care are constantly looking for ways to improve the overall experience of our patients. Our office is conveniently located in Sioux Falls and we treat patients throughout South Dakota, offering them the opportunity to restore missing teeth in a way that looks natural and beautiful.
Facts from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (aaid.com)
More than 30 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws
15 million people in the U.S. have crown and bridge replacements for missing teeth
3 million have implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year
10% of all US dentists place implants but that is increasing
The success rate of implants has been reported in scientific literature as 98%
Implants performed by US dentists 5,505,720 (2006)
Implants performed by US general dentists 3,103,930 (2006)
The dental prosthetic market in the U.S is projected to reach $5 billion by 2018
Questions to Ask When Selecting a Dental Implant Dentist
What types of dental implants to restore my missing teeth are available to me?
How many implant procedures have you performed?
What’s your success rate?
What’s your education and training in implant treatment?
Which technique and type of replacement teeth or appliance do you recommend for me, and why?
What steps are involved in the dental implant procedure and where and by whom are they performed?
What should I expect throughout the process in terms of pain, recovery time, eating, etc.?
Will I have teeth throughout the process?
What type of anesthesia do you use?
What are the risks of the treatment option you’re recommending?
What are the benefits?
Can you share before-and-after pictures of other patients you have treated?
Did You Know?
Teeth restored with implants can’t get cavities! A replacement tooth, or crown, doesn’t decay like a natural tooth, but you still must brush, floss and care for it and your surrounding natural teeth and gums in the same manner as natural teeth. Regular professional cleanings and dental check-ups also are essential.
The Process of Installing Implants
If one or more of your teeth have fallen out, you may qualify for dental implant procedure as a way to permanently replace the missing teeth. In order to find out, schedule an appointment with our Sioux Falls dentist office by calling 605-271-9330. Dr. Beecroft will examine your mouth and jawbone to determine if the procedure is right for you. Before you can get started, your gums need to be healthy, and your jawbone needs to be strong. If, Dr. Beecroft identifies any cavities or signs of gum disease, this will need to be treated first.
Once you are cleared for the procedure, the staff at First Class Dental Care will take an impression of your mouth so that the new teeth can be created in a dental lab. Each tooth will be made to match the size and shape of the surrounding teeth along with having a perfect color match. This way your smile will appear completely natural once done. Patients throughout Sioux Falls are delighted with the results since no one can tell the difference between which teeth are real and which ones are synthetic.
After Installing Implants
The next step in the procedure is to have a metal post implanted under the gum line. This aspect of the procedure is what sets a implant apart from other forms of cosmetic dentistry and Dr. Beecroft is a true expert at performing the procedure. The metal post is secured to the jawbone in order to create a durable, synthetic root system that rivals the strength of natural roots with one exception – metal can’t become infected. Over the course of a couple of months, the metal post and jawbone will fuse together. This creates a level of durability that cannot be replicated in any other type of procedure.
Afterwards, Dr. Beecroft will secure the new synthetic tooth to the metal post at the surface of the gums. The new tooth is attached so securely, that patients can eat their favorite foods, maintain an active lifestyle, play sports, and more, without fear of their tooth becoming loose or falling out. Patients throughout South Dakota enjoy the benefits that come from never having to worry about their tooth again.
Caring for Dental Prosthetics and Implants
Once implants have been installed, they are extremely easy to care for. We hear from patients throughout Sioux Falls with questions that range from “Do implants come out” and “How do I brush my teeth”. The answer is fairly simple. Since dental prosthetics are installed by creating a synthetic root system, they are durable and secure and will not fall out or become loose. This means you can go play basketball, run in a 10k, and wrestle with your kids – without worrying about your tooth coming out.
In order to care for your implants, we advise patients throughout South Dakota to brush and floss their teeth throughout the day like they normally would. Additionally, it is important to schedule dental exams and cleanings with Dr. Beecroft at least twice a year. The staff at First Class Dental Care will help to clean your teeth and ensure that they stay healthy. This step is incredibly important because while dental prosthetics cannot become infected themselves, the teeth around them can. If, in the future, you suffer from a severe case of gum disease or a dental abscess, the infection can spread into your jawbone. This puts your implants in jeopardy because in order to stay secure, the jawbone must be in good health. If it becomes infected, your dental prosthetics and all of your teeth will be in jeopardy.
Preventative Care Steps
Dental Implant FAQs
I need to replace two missing teeth next to each other. Can I just have one implant placed and attach it to one of my natural teeth and make a bridge?
I lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it. My sinuses always seem to bother me more on that side than on the side that I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?
I’ve had dentures for several years and have lost a lot of jawbone. My lower dentures are floaters and I need help. Is there still hope for me?
I am missing all of my teeth and am now wearing a full upper and lower denture. I can no longer tolerate my lowers. Will I need an implant for every tooth I am replacing on the lower jaw?
I consulted a dentist several years ago about using implants to replace my lower denture and he told me that I did not have adequate bone available to place enough in-the-bone implants without danger of fracturing my now fragile jawbone. Are there any alternatives?
I had a root canal on a tooth that fractured and now it has to be removed. Can it be replaced with an implant or do I have to have a bridge or a partial?
Did You Know?
Ancient dental prosthetic implants have been traced back to around 600 AD, when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman. Thank goodness for contemporary dentistry!