Implant Dentistry2018-04-27T17:17:59+00:00

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Serving Miles City, Baker, Brodus, Circle, Forsyth, Glendive and Surrounding Areas

If you are missing teeth, dental implants can replace your tooth roots and provide a stable anchor for crowns, bridges, or dentures. These small titanium posts are surgically placed in the jaw and integrate with the surrounding bone. Dr. Eric Hogan places dental implants in Miles City using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), dental lasers, and advanced surgical techniques.

Dr. Eric Hogan graduated from the MCG/AAID Maxi Course Comprehensive Training in Implant Dentistry in 2009 at the Medical College of Georgia. In 2013, Dr. Eric Hogan became an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, which required rigorous coursework and testing before a board of peers. He is uniquely qualified to help you rebuild your smile using dental implants as an advanced tooth replacement solution.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are tooth root replacements made from medical grade titanium. A complete single tooth restoration involves three components: a titanium tooth root, a titanium abutment, and a custom restoration. Each customized dental implant restoration is designed to look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. Implants can be used to support a single tooth, bridge, partial, and diverse styles of dentures.

Effects of Missing Teeth

When a tooth is removed or extracted, the body begins remodeling the bony and soft tissue architecture of the extraction site. The teeth adjacent to and opposing the extraction site shift. This shifting alters a patient’s bite. If multiple teeth are removed, the bone and facial features that held them in place will also shrink. The speed of this process will vary among patients and is often slow enough to allow for time to replace the missing teeth. Dental implants are an effective solution to minimize these anatomical changes.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a wealth of benefits. They can preserve the health of your jaw in a way that no other restoration can.
Replacing the tooth root with a dental implant will maintain the natural quality, quantity, and contour of the surrounding bone. Implants also prevent dentures from shifting out of place while speaking and eating. They allow you to enunciate more clearly and to continue enjoying the crisp, chewy, and crunchy foods you love.

The Planning Process

A 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan is taken to evaluate the health and density of the jaw bone. Using this advanced imaging technology, Dr. Eric selects an ideal implant with the proper length and width for your unique anatomy. He uses the CBCT scan to virtually place your dental implant prior to your surgical appointment. This technique helps design the future restoration before the surgery ever begins.

Single Tooth or Multiple Teeth Replacements

Patients face premature tooth loss for a variety of reasons. A dental implant is an excellent choice for replacing a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Restoring a missing tooth with a dental implant can help preserve bone at the missing tooth site and does not require alteration of the neighboring teeth. A dental implant is a single-tooth answer for a single-tooth problem. In the case of multiple missing teeth, dental implants can eliminate the need for a fixed bridge, partial, or denture.

Implant Retained Dentures

Are you dissatisfied with loose dentures that shift out of place? Dr. Eric can create implant-retained dentures that mimic natural teeth with the surgical placement of two or more dental implants. Studies show that with only two implants under a lower denture, chewing effectiveness increases from 30% with a conventional denture to up to 70% with implant retention. An additional benefit of implant-retained dentures is they allow us to change the design to create a less bulky, more comfortable appliance.

Implant Maintenance

Implant maintenance is critical to the long-term success of your dental implant(s). Dr. Eric and your dental hygienist will make a recommendation for you to return on a 3, 4, or 6-month maintenance interval, depending on your gingival health.

Implants must be cleaned and maintained just like natural teeth. We recommend twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and swishing with antimicrobial rinses. A rubber tip stimulator, WaterPik®, and interproximal brushes may be recommended to supplement your oral health care routine.

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Let’s Get Started!

We invite you to call today to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Eric Hogan.  At your consultation, you can expect the following:

  • a thorough medical and dental history review.
  • an examination of your mouth, head, and neck.
  • digital dental imaging.
  • a personalized treatment plan to meet your desired goals.
  • a conversation about treatment fees and financing your desired results.
  • an opportunity to schedule treatment from start to finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does it take to replace my missing tooth from start to finish?
A: Depending on the presence or absence of an infection, the timeline for completing a dental implant is three to six months.

Q: How much does an implant cost?
A: Each patient presents with unique oral conditions. Dr. Eric will study your radiographs and thoroughly evaluate your unique functional considerations and oral anatomy. He will design the most effective treatment plan for you. For more information please call to speak with a member of our team.

Q: What will I experience during the procedure?
A: The patient will have local anesthetic administered. The procedure is essentially painless. A patient may experience slight vibrations and will still be able to hear the sound of dental instruments. The patient will be able to drive home after treatment.

Q: Will I need to miss work?
A: The procedure is like any other dental surgery. You will miss time off work for the appointment and travel to and from the office. The recovery time is minimal.

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