Dental Implants in Chaska: The FAQ

What are dental implants made out of?

Dental implants in Chaska provide a comprehensive replacement by taking the place of missing teeth’s roots as well as the visible crown. They are made out of titanium, a material that your jawbone grows around in the process known as osseointegration. Some dental implants are made out of zirconia, usually reserved for people with sensitivities to metal.

How long does it take to get dental implants?

The entire process for dental implants takes anywhere from six months to a year. The length of time yours will take depends on how many teeth need to be replaced, where in the mouth they are located, and how healthy your jawbone is to start with. Weak or soft bone tissue may need to be strengthened with a bone grafting procedure, which can add weeks or months to the overall treatment. Some dental implants can be placed and restored on the same day, however.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer a number of benefits compared to other options, like a fixed bridge or traditional denture. Because they anchor your tooth replacement into the gums, your prosthetic won’t slip or slide around. Dental implants also promote better oral health by growing together with your jawbone. And since they can last a lifetime without the need for refitting or replacement, dental implants are also the best financial investment you can make.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants in Chaska varies based on your treatment plan. In general, though, a single dental implant costs between $3,000 and $4,500. You will pay more if you need to have a bone graft or sinus lift first. Options like All-on-4 dental implants are more affordable alternatives to traditional dental implants in cases of total tooth loss.

Why do dental implants fail?

Dental implants are over 98% successful, but they can fail due to a condition known as “peri-implantitis.” It’s an infection around the dental implant that’s often caused by poor dental hygiene. Drs. Meschke and Swingdorf will provide you with instructions for cleaning your dental implants -- make sure you follow it closely and attend regular checkups and cleanings to enjoy lasting dental implant health.

Do dental implants hurt?

With modern anesthesia and nitrous oxide to help you relax, you won’t feel a thing throughout your dental implant placement or restoration. And once they have healed, there is no need to worry about the oral sores and discomfort that are associated with loose or uncomfortable traditional dentures.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Many adult patients can benefit from dental implants. You should be in good oral and overall health to undergo the initial surgical placement of the implants. There should also be plenty of bone and periodontal (gum) tissue to support the dental implants; people who have suffered severe gum disease may not be eligible for the procedure. People with diseases affecting the immune system, like uncontrolled diabetes, may need to seek a non implant-retained solution.

How long do dental implants last?

When cared for properly, dental implants can last for a lifetime. Other options must be replaced or refitted periodically. Even with proper maintenance, traditional dentures require replacement every five to seven years. So while dental implants come at a higher initial cost, they usually end up being the best investment over time.

I brought my daughter, 10 years old, to the clinic yesterday. Was blown away by how east to work with all of the staff. Wendy at the front desk was wonderfully warm and inviting. The hygienist we had, Erin, was wonderful with my daughter. She was very engaging. We had Dr. Swingdorf as our dentist and he was amazing. Talked to my daughter instead of to me, which I LOVE! He addressed all of our concerns and was very approachable. Would recommend them to anyone looking for an outstanding dental clinic!

I want to state how fortunate I am - and I am certain everyone else of Dr. Meschke's patients - to have such an outstanding and most capable person as Dr. Tom Meschke as our dentist. I am certain Dr. Meschke has to be one of the very best dentists in the entire state of Minnesota. He is personable with his patients, he is genuinely interested in correcting and resolving your dental issue. I know he has made a big difference in my dental health from where I started with him about 20 years ago to where I am today which is in positive dental health. There are many good dentists in Minnesota, I am certain, but I do not believe that Dr. Meshke could be ranked below any of them. He is truly the best! - Steve W.

Fantastic dental experience! The office staff have always treated me with respect and care. Dr. Swingdorf is the best dentist I've ever seen. Highly recommend! - Ross N.

Really enjoy coming in, the doctors and the entire staff are more engaged and concerned which makes the atmosphere much more friendly and less transactional. The atmosphere was only one facet that made the experience great, I went for a basic appointment but it felt tailored to my needs more so that with other dentists I've gone to. Would definitely recommend to friends and family - Christopher S.

Life changer for me! I had missing teeth and bone loss for years and Dr. Meschke came up with a plan for implants. I can chew with the right side of my mouth again for the first time in over 10 years! Our family of 9 is lucky to have him for a dentist. Professional, Innovative, Caring, & Affordable. Thanks Dr. Meschke!!! - Scott F.

Dr. Swingdorf, I wanted to thank you and Linda and the rest of Chaska Dental's staff for all your courtesy and care to make sure my dental and overall health continue to be excellent. - Camille

Thank you Dr. Swingdorf for your time and attention when I came in for my 6 month check up. I very much appreciate all you do for my and the health of my dental care. I cannot thank you enough!

The receptionists are helpful and courteous, the hygienists are patient, gentle, knowledgeable and very nice. We've been coming here for years and have no intentions on going anywhere else.

One too many kernels of Kettle Korn at the Twins game this past weekend. I called CDC first thing Monday morning and was in the chair for molar restoration within a half hour. Now that's accommodation. Thank you! Go TWINS!

As much as it is contradictory to say; You make dentist visits/work enjoyable! Thanks again and...I always refer my friends your way for a great dentist!

Tom, Thank you so much for your honesty & integrity. I had no idea of your warranty or even that this tooth had been worked on before or when. This will not go unnoticed in the community. I've already told several people of your honesty and quality of work & will continue to do so. - Luke

Dear Tom, Thank you for your care and concern for me - I appreciate your professional pride in your excellent work - even when you make a patient wait. Thank goodness you did have new caps made. I LOVE MY NEW TEETH. Best wishes to you and your family - you are special. XOXO-Susan

The dental care from Dr. Meschke and his staff is the best I've received in my adult years. They are professional, thorough, and make the experience something to look forward to (which is a hard thing to do, given that it's dental work and generally, not an enjoyable experience).
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Just a note to say a sincere Thank You for the beautiful work you did on my front tooth, the "prettiest" tooth in my mouth. Yes, Betty, my sister-in-law was informed. I'll show it off Saturday at a wedding shower!
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