Shawn L. Thompson, DDS, Inc.
(418) 287 - 3205

Implants & Dentures

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Dental Implants

Dental implants require a surgical procedure where a dental appliance is fixed to your jaw. From there, a natural biological process called "osseointegration" takes place to bond the implants with the bone. Once healing has occurred, our staff will add a crown, bridge or dentures to complete the procedure.

Illustration of a dental implant.

3D Imaging

Our expert staff uses the latest 3D imaging technology to help plan implant placement and ensure increased success. 3D images and planning software helps us to create a map of your mouth to pinpoint any potential challenges and plan the implant procedure in advance. We are able to take a 3D image during the initial visit, which allows Dr. Thompson to assess bone structure and nerve locations, plan the surgery, and mold replacement teeth before the next visit. With 3D imaging, the time it takes to complete the entire implant process is greatly reduced.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. You can eat, smile, and speak with no interference. They also offer you many other benefits, such as:

  • Implants can last a lifetime.
  • They do not slip or fall.
  • Implants help maintain the natural shape of your face.
  • They stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
  • Implants do not develop cavities.
  • They do not move, click, or shift.
  • Implants provide long-term success.

Consultation & Procedure

If you are considering a dental implant, our staff will begin by scheduling a consultation with you. We want you to understand the procedure and set the correct expectations up front.

Meet Your Implant Team

A member of our team will serve as your dental implant consultant. This person stays with you through the consultation and treatment processes. Dr. Thompson will explain the process in detail during your consultation and answer your questions.

Receive Your Treatment Plan

Our team will develop a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan to address your specific needs using advanced 3D CT scans of your mouth and jaw.

Cost of Dental Implants

At the conclusion of your consultation, you will know the final cost of your dental implants and treatment as well as our financing options.

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Procedure

Our expert staff makes the dental implant procedure easy for you. Come in, sit down, and relax. We'll take care of the rest.

Our first priority is to make you comfortable. We'll administer the sedation option that was discussed and selected in your consultation. Next, we'll complete the necessary tooth extractions and secure your dental implants to your jaw. Last, once your new implants have bonded to your bone and completely healed, we'll set your replacement teeth in place.

It's important to note that healing can take several months in some cases. If you have no teeth, we will provide you with a temporary dental implant bridge and make your permanent replacement teeth while you heal. This process should not take long than six months.

Recovery & Aftercare

Whether we do your dental implant surgery in one or multiple stages, you might experience some typical discomforts:

  • Swollen gums and face
  • Bruised skin and gums
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Small amounts of blood

If your symptoms worsen after surgery, contact us as soon as possible. Prescription pain medications and/or antibiotics may be necessary.

In most cases, we use self-dissolving stitches. If we use standard stitches, our staff removes them approximately 10 days after surgery. To help you heal, we recommend you eat soft foods for 10-14 days.

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Dentures

If you're considering dentures, it's important to know the difference between partial and complete denture options to replace your lost teeth. Complete dentures replace an entire row of teeth and can be inserted immediately after natural tooth extraction or through conventional insertion methods. If some of your teeth remain and are healthy, we recommend partial dentures. Discuss these options with us to determine your best option.

Complete, Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures offer a temporary solution and require a preliminary visit to take measurements and create a model of your jaw. They are inserted immediately after the removal of any remaining teeth. However, because bones and gums can shrink during healing, immediate dentures require additional fittings.

Complete, Conventional Dentures

Conventional dentures are fit to your mouth eight to 12 weeks after the removal of teeth. This gives your jaw time to heal and the dentures to be properly fit to the contours and shape of your mouth.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture utilizes replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base. We connect this to a metal framework to hold the denture in place. We recommend this option if one or more natural teeth remain in your jaw.

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Consultation & Procedure

Are you considering dentures? Let us evaluate your dental condition and help you choose the best treatment course. If you choose to move forward with complete or partial dentures, the process will be completed over two or three appointments.

In your initial appointment, our dedicated staff will review the procedure with you and make sure you are comfortable. Once the procedure begins, we will make any necessary extractions, take an impression of your mouth, and you will select your dentures from a variety of shapes, sizes, colors. When your new dentures come in, we will schedule a follow-up appointment with you where you will receive an initial fitting. It may be necessary to come in one additional time to make adjustments for comfort. Finally, it is important to continue your regular dental exams to maintain good oral health.

Denture Care

You care for your dentures much the same way you do your natural teeth. You clean them and keep them free from food particles, plaque, and staining. Brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive cleanser. We recommend you rinse them, as well. When you store them, keep them submerged in water so they do not warp. To maintain your oral health, we recommend regular checkups with our staff.

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We are Here to Help!

Want to smile again? Dental implants and dentures are your solution. Contact us today with your questions and concerns. We want to help you decide the option that is best for you!

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