Dental Implants

Many people are embarrassed by missing teeth, but embarrassment is only one problem when teeth are missing. The space where you’re missing teeth can become infected with bacteria and cause your other teeth to shift out of place. This can cause you difficulty in speaking and eating.

You can get your self-esteem and your beautiful smile back with dental implants. The staff at Austin Family Dental in St. Paul, MN is sensitive to the hardship a missing tooth can create. Our dentist provides dental implants so that our patients can regain their self-confidence, improve their health and approach life confidently.

People in the St. Paul area and throughout Minnesota trust Austin Family Dental to replace their missing teeth because of our stellar reputation. We offer you the opportunity to restore missing teeth in a way that looks natural and beautiful.

Facts from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  • 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 U.S. Dentists place implants, but that is increasing.
  • The success rate of dental implants has been reported in scientific literature as 98%.
  • Implants performed by U.S. dentists totaled 5,505,720 in 2006.
  • Implants performed by U.S. general dentists totaled 3,103,930 in 2006.
  • The dental implant market in the U.S is projected to reach $5 billion by 2018.


Wondering if implants are right for you? Call us at 651-641-1908 to schedule your consultation. We will take the time to educate you on all of your options for replacing a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. You can have a beautiful and natural looking smile by working with our professional implant dentist. Together we can transform your smile.

Dental Implants FAQ


Q: 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?
A: We have learned in our many years of experience that it is generally not a good idea to attach implants to teeth. We frequently attach implants to one another, which can improve their strength. For the best long-term success, we would likely use two implants in this case.

Q: 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 where I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?
A: Many people who have been missing their upper back teeth for a long period of time to have issues because of the increased downward growth of their maxillary sinus. At birth, this sinus is the size of a pea and grows as your skull matures. The growth of this sinus encroaches on the surrounding bone. If you are considering replacing those upper back teeth with implants, you may need a sinus elevation procedure to allow room for placement of your dental implants.

Q: I 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?
A:If you have problems with your dentures such as mouth sores, improper bite position, difficulty chewing food or being unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, you may have success with dental implants. The sooner the problems are corrected with dental implants, the more choices one has available for treatment, so call our office right away for a consultation when you notice any of these issues.

Q: 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?
A:It is not necessary to have an implant for every tooth that is being replaced. The number of implants necessary to provide support depends on the type of implants used and the type of teeth (removable vs. non- removable) that will be attached to the implants.

Q: I consulted a dentist several years ago and was not a good candidate for implants because of my fragile jawbone. Are there any alternatives?
A: Because of the advances in the field of dental Implantology, there are now more choices and techniques. It’s the rare person that cannot receive an implant or a combination of implants. Today we have available many types of implants designed to accommodate multiple problems.

Q: 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?
A: Teeth with root canals are more brittle than the rest of your teeth. In the past, the best treatment was to remove the tooth and create a bridge with a false tooth in between. Sometimes this method is still used; however, in many cases, an implant can replace the fractured tooth.


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