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Do you have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth? You’re not alone! The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and more than 36 million are missing all of their teeth. 

Given this information and the advancements in modern dentistry, it is no surprise that dental implants have become increasingly popular. This growth can be attributed to several factors, including people living longer, age-related tooth loss, and implants offering many advantages over traditional alternatives. 

Dr. Goettsche has spent years specializing and training in the placement and restoration of implants to give Meridian and Kuna area patients the best smile possible.

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Dental Implants at 208 Dental

At 208 Dental, we use this knowledge to provide personalized treatment plans for our patient’s unique needs and goals. Our specialized care includes implant placement surgery and the subsequent restorations to replace the missing tooth, such as crowns, implant-supported bridges, dentures, and even all-on-4 or hybrid full-mouth rehabilitations. Our desire is to restore your mouth to its full function and optimal esthetics.

What Can a Dental Implant Do for You?

Dental implants are typically the best option to replace missing or multiple teeth and have several benefits. First, they improve the aesthetics of one’s smile by replacing the missing tooth or teeth. Furthermore, they provide increased chewing capacity, which can simply allow someone less annoyance and greater satisfaction while eating and can even improve someone’s health that perhaps was not able to chew as well before getting their implant.

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The Function of Dental Implants

  • Dental implants help stabilize and improve one’s bite that has shifted or changed due to tooth loss. 
  • Dental implants improve bone and gum tissue levels that otherwise dwindle following tooth extraction. 
  • Dental implants provide the foundation to enhance speech, which can be particularly beneficial for those who have lost more than one tooth.
  • Dental implants aid in replacing a single tooth or an entire smile in a way that could never have been done previously.

Simply put, dental implants have a very high success rate in a healthy individual, upwards of 97% at ten years. Implants can positively impact the quality of your life by giving you the self-confidence that comes with a great smile!

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Dental Implants or a Dental Bridge?

Dental implants are almost always better for single-tooth replacement than a bridge. Unlike a bridge, a dental implant does not require a crown on the adjacent teeth, thus avoiding the unnecessary preparation of otherwise healthy teeth. Furthermore, a single dental implant can have improved aesthetics due to the crown not being connected to the adjacent tooth. This lack of connection to an adjacent tooth allows you to floss and clean around your implant just like your natural teeth. 

Unlike removable appliances such as a denture or partial denture, a dental implant is permanently placed in your mouth and does not need to be taken out daily. This prevents the detrimental effects and discomfort associated with regularly wearing and removing an appliance. Lastly, since the implant is anchored directly into your bone, it creates a stronger foundation for prosthetic teeth that provides maximum support compared to other restorative options.

At 208 Dental, our expert team will be happy to answer any questions about dental implants or other restorative treatment options available. We believe in providing top-notch care to all our patients so they can enjoy excellent oral health for years to come!

What to Expect from Your Dental Implant Experience

We strive to make our patients feel at ease and informed by providing them with an in-depth explanation of the entire process. To ensure a successful implant experience, having realistic expectations and following your dentist's instructions is essential.

A tooth can be deemed non-restorable for several reasons: a large cavity, gum disease, a fractured crown or root, infection, persistent pain, swelling, or otherwise not a good candidate to save. If you and Dr. Goettsche decide that a tooth is not worth restoring, the next step will be extracting the tooth and likely grafting the site.

Dr. Goettsche will thoroughly discuss all your options available before extracting the tooth. In many cases, a bone graft will be indicated in conjunction with an extraction if you plan to replace the tooth with an implant. Cases in which bone grafts are highly indicated include the need for esthetic support of the bone and soft tissue and extraction sites in which bone level and thickness are crucial to maintain. 

If the patient desires, Dr. Goettsche can fabricate a temporary replacement for the missing tooth to wear until an implant can be placed and restored. While the immediate placement and restoration of implants are possible following extraction of a tooth, the cases where it is ideal are slim, and the risk of failure of both the implant and restoration greatly increases.

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Dental Implant Success Rates

Following your extraction and bone graft procedure, we wait approximately 3-5 months for your bone to remodel and fully heal. This time varies depending on the reason the tooth needed to be extracted, the presence and size of any infection, and the health of the individual - factors such as diabetes and smoking, while not absolute contraindications to implant placement, correlate with a lower success rate of your implant. 

After this period, an implant can be placed with a high success rate. If a tooth is already missing and no bone or gum tissue augmentation is needed or desired, you are ready for implant placement.

Many people are unnecessarily nervous on the day of their implant procedure when the placement of an implant is often less painful than many other dental procedures, such as an extraction or root canal. Especially with the advances of modern dentistry and the technology and experience we have at 208 Dental, implant surgery can be a breeze.

To prepare for your implant placement, we will take a 3D x-ray (CBCT) and an intraoral scan of your mouth. Let’s compare this to conventional methods for implant placement for a moment. Most doctors study a 2D x-ray, examine your mouth, and place an implant in your bone. If you ask any doctor, much of the long-term success of an implant comes from the location the implant is placed in. When an implant is slightly misplaced, it can lead to food traps, aesthetically displeasing outcomes, and decreased success and longevity. 

At 208 Dental, we prepare for every case by utilizing that 3D x-ray and intraoral scan (say goodbye to your gag reflex!) to virtually plan and place an implant before your surgery day. Thus, we are better prepared for your surgery, leading to better outcomes. We then use our 3D printer to create a surgical guide so we can easily and predictably place an implant in the exact spot we had planned to. Implant surgery times and post-operative pain are considerably decreased due to the accuracy and predictability of treatment. Moreover, many cases can be completed without cutting or flapping large amounts of gum tissue. Fewer sutures too!

Following placement of your implant, we will wait another 3-5 months for the osseointegration of your implant. Osseointegration is the process of your bone to strengthen around your new implant and fully heal. This 3-5 month period will vary by patient and restoration type. In the case of a hybrid of all-on-4 dentures for example, the restoration can be placed immediately due to what is known as cross arch stability. However, most implants placed for single units or implant-supported bridge restorations will require this 3 - 5 months. Once this has occurred, we will prepare for the placement of your crown. Depending on the case, a minor procedure known as an "implant uncovery" may or may not be necessary before taking another intraoral scan of your mouth and fabricating a crown. If so, this only adds an additional, but extremely worthwhile, 2-3 weeks to the entire process. The culmination of the whole implant process will be the placement of your restoration. Because most implants are placed to replace a single missing tooth, this will most likely be a single crown. However, implant restorative options range from a single crown, an implant-supported bridge, an implant retained denture (2 implants placed), an implant-supported denture (4 implants placed), an all-on-4 denture, to a hybrid full arch case.

Okay, that was a lot! Let’s RECAP the timeline for the most common implant procedure, extracting a tooth and a single tooth implant.

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  • Intraoral scan of your mouth to fabricate a temporary tooth to wear following your extraction up to the placement of your crown (optional appointment, typically desired for anterior implants only)
  • Extraction and bone graft placement, and optional delivery of temporary tooth if so desired (wait 3-5 months for healing of extraction site and graft)
  • 3D x-ray (CBCT) and Intraoral scan (Dr. Goettsche will prepare your case shortly)
  • Implant placement (wait 3-5 months for osseointegration of implant)
  • Implant uncovery (may or may not be required)
  • Intraoral scan for a crown (occasionally not necessary and able to be completed at a previous appointment)
  • Crown delivery

As you can see, pending your case, a typical implant procedure can take anywhere from 3-7 appointments and range from 4 to 9 months. At 208 Dental, you should know we prioritize our patient’s well-being above anything else; therefore, any recommendation provided during your visit is based solely on what best suits your needs. We are here to guide you through every step of your dental implant experience!

Why Should You Have Your Implant Placed at 208 Dental?

208 Dental is an experienced dental practice in Meridian that specializes in treating patients with missing teeth. Dr. Goettsche has completed a 1-year AAID Implant Maxi Course, multiple oral surgery externships that specialized in implants, and is also a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry - an award that less than 6% of dentists achieve. 

Not only does Dr. Goettsche have advanced training with dental implants, but our practice features advanced technology that will make the process smoother for you and more efficient for everyone. This technology includes a 3D x-ray (CBCT), an intraoral scanner (no more impressions!), and a 3D printer, allowing precise guided implant surgery. 

We go beyond just placing crowns or implants - we provide a comprehensive approach to your healing journey with detailed treatment plans and plenty of other services from start to finish. Our advanced technology helps us create custom restorations to ensure a natural-looking result so you can return to showing off that smile!

Contact 208 Dental to schedule your free dental implant consultation.

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Contact 208 Dental

Dr. Goettsche and the staff at 208 Dental are here to make your visit to the dentist's office as comfortable as possible. Text or call us at (208) 501-8860 to schedule your appointment today. You can also easily schedule online. Our office is conveniently located in Meridian for all patients living in the Treasure Valley.




(208) 501-8860


53 E Calderwood Dr #110, Meridian, ID 83642


Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday: 7:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday: 7:00am - 4:00pm

Friday: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed



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