Dental Implants FAQs

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Family Dental Group was founded in 1983 by Dr. Doug Hadnot and Dr. Jackie Jones.

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Family Dental Group was originally at the other end of the Southgate Mall by J.C. Penny’s.

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Family Dental Group’s original location became a hockey store after we moved.

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Family Dental Group’s current location was KB Toys before we moved in.

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Family Dental Group is independent and locally owned.

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Family Dental Group does not do cost shifting. All our patients are charged the same fees.

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Family Dental Group offers a 5% discount for cash or check payments that do not involve insurance billing.

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Family Dental Group moved to their current location in 2008.

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Dr. Dusseau purchased Family Dental Group in 1999 from Dr. Doug Hadnot. Dr. Hadnot continued working here for 6 years and still comes to our Parties.

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Dr. Dusseau was selected by the Department of Defense for the Space Program. Unfortunately, no mission specialists were funded by N.A.S.A that year.

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Dr. Dusseau is an Army Combat veteran.

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Dr. Norris is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

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Dr. Hyvonen is a Montana native from Charlo.

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Dr. Diggs graduated cum laude with an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota.

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Dr. Norris graduated summa cum laude with and undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from the University of New Hampshire.

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Lisa has been a dental hygienist at Family Dental Group since 2004.

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Danesa has a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota. She graduated in 2004.

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Dr. Hyvonen was a bartender at Mr. C’s Hideaway before she went to Dental School.

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Dr. Dusseau went to Airborne School when she was in the Army. Her husband pinned her jump wings on her.

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Dr. Dusseau provided dental care for Iraqi prisoners after the Gulf War.

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Our assistant Rita has been with us longer than anyone. She joined us in 2001.

What is a Dental Implant?

Implants are a tooth replacement option that involves placing a new "root" into the bone of your jaw. Once this titanium "root" has integrated with your bone it can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture. These implants can also be used to replace partials and other forms of dentures. The success rate for dental implants is extremely high, which is due in part to the fact that root-form implants are made of a biocompatible material, titanium. Because titanium is accepted so well by the human body, it is also used for orthopedic implants, such as hip and knee replacements. Dental implants have now become the standard for replacing missing teeth because they look and feel like your natural teeth. Implants have a higher success rate than some other forms of tooth replacement. The initial cost is generally higher for an implant over other forms of tooth replacement, but the long-term benefits outweigh the difference in additional cost. An investment in implant dentistry is an investment in overall health, appearance, and wellbeing. A dental implant preserves the integrity of the jaw bone as well as replacing missing teeth.

Am I a candidate for dental implant treatment?

If you are missing one or more teeth and in general good health, you are a candidate for dental implant treatment. There are a few qualifying factors that need to be addressed:

  1. Quality and quantity of available bone for implant placement.
  2. Uncontrollable diabetes or other medical conditions.

Overall, there are very few conditions that would keep someone from having implant treatment. Even people who have lost a significant amount of bone can qualify for dental implant treatment; although, additional procedures to add bone or to create new bone may be necessary. Advances in this type of treatment have made it possible for most people who would not previously have been considered candidates to have successful implant treatment.

Can a dental implant work with existing dentures?

Every patient's situation is unique, but generally, if an existing denture is acceptable (teeth are not worn and occlusion is good), it can be altered to accommodate the necessary denture attachments to fit the implants.

What is the difference between a traditional crown and bridge and an implant supported crown and bridge?

There are several differences.

  1. A dental implant preserves jaw bone.
  2. We do not have to remove tooth structure of neighboring health teeth to prepare them for crowns to hold a bridge.
  3. Implants can last longer than traditional crowns or a bridge.
  4. Although dental implants have become the standard of care, they are more expensive than other tooth replacement methods. The dentists at Family Dental Group can discuss all treatment options for replacing a tooth/teeth, and they can explain the pros and cons of each treatment. Our patients can then choose the treatment that is best for them..

When should a tooth be extracted and replaced with a Dental Implant

Remember the dentists at Family Dental Group do not perform the surgery to place the implant in the jaw bone.

There are times when it makes sense to extract a tooth and replace it with a dental implant.

  1. If a natural tooth is not restorable.
  2. If a patient has severe periodontal disease (gum disease) that has eroded the bone that supports teeth. Sometimes in these cases, it is preferable to extract the teeth, eliminate the disease and infection, and replace the teeth with dental implants.
  3. When a tooth has had a root canal (nerves have been removed from the tooth), it leaves the tooth brittle and susceptible to fracture. If a tooth with a root canal is fractured or cracked and an extraction is the best option, it and would be an ideal candidate for replacement with dental implant treatment.

How long will it take to complete treatment?

An implant treatment plan may take anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending upon the quality of the bone in which the implants are placed. If an additional procedure is required in order to augment the bone, the total treatment time may be between six to nine months. Some implant candidates may qualify for Immediate Load / Immediate Function procedures, also known as "same day implants."

How will my teeth look and feel?

A single tooth supported by an implant is like turning back the clock of time. The implant replaces the natural tooth root so the jaw bone and supportive gum tissue is as vibrant as ever. Multiple single implants may support single teeth or an implant supported bridge. Dental implants may also support the base for full arch dentures to attach to which provides the look, feel and function of natural teeth. Dental implant treatment is the only tooth replacement solution that prevents jaw bone resorption.

Is a dental implant procedure painful?

Most implant patients report that the discomfort is far less than they expected and is no more remarkable than having a root canal or having a tooth extracted. Of course, you are anesthetized during the procedure, and although everyone's pain tolerance is different, most patients are very comfortable simply taking over-the-counter pain medications afterward.

Is my age a factor for dental implant treatment?

Providing your overall health is good, there is really no age restriction. The desire to improve your quality of life is frankly a more important consideration than age. It is not unusual for people with dentures to upgrade to implant supported dentures. It provides a renewed self-confidence in their smile and speech and also provides renewed chewing stability, plus brings back foods into their life that were once off limits.

Is there special care required?

Home care for a dental implant single tooth, crown, or bridge is cleaned like a natural tooth, with regular brushing and flossing. Regularly scheduled hygiene appointments and examination by your dentist are also important. Home care can be a little more complicated for people who are missing all of their teeth and have an implant supported denture. Sometimes, special brushes and floss are recommended. Permanently fixed implant supported replacement teeth are cleaned like all other bridges. The oral surgeon or periodontist who placed the implant(s) may want to see you for a follow up evaluation or even once each year to assess implant health. These visits, combined with proper home care, are essential to the long term success of implant treatment.