Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Missing teeth not only impact personal appearance and self-image, they also change the position of remaining teeth and degrade gums and bone. What's the best tooth replacement post-extraction, you ask? At Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, Dr. Joel Jahimiak, Dr. Cathleen Raz, and Dr. Kendra Loch offer innovative dental implants—tooth replacements which optimize smile appearance and function, while actually strengthening support tissues. Could dental implants be right for you?
A popular tooth replacement
Dental implant patients number in the millions, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Why are these tooth replacements so numerous? Well, dental practices such as Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha have found that implants offer distinct advantages over traditional fixed bridgework and full/partial dentures. These advantages are:
- A firm foundation for crowns, bridges, or dentures
- Improved jaw bone dentistry and gum viability (implants live right in the jaw, bonding to it through osseointegration)
- Treatment versatility (replace one or all teeth top or bottom)
- Biocompatibility (healthy individuals readily accept the titanium implant devices)
- Longevity lasting decades (other prosthetics need replacement every 10 years or so)
- Natural look, feel, and function
Plus, as reported in the Journal of Oral Implantology, dental implant procedures succeed 98 percent of the time.
Are dental implants right for you?
It is very likely that your body will accept dental implants. All you need is sufficient bone in your jaw, a healthy immune system and good overall oral health (no active gum disease or other issues). Your dentist will examine your mouth, take special imaging scans, and review your medical history to help you make a final decision on dental implants.
If all is in readiness, your treatment begins with a local anesthetic to numb the implant site. The dentist opens the gums and drills a small pilot hole in the jaw bone. He or she inserts the titanium implant screw and closes the gum tissue with a few sutures.
During the ensuing weeks, your jaw bone will bond to the implant, actually wrapping around it and stabilizing it. You cannot chew on the site at this time, but when it's fully healed, the dentist will bond a metal post and porcelain crown on to finish your new tooth. The results will be well-worth the wait as your implant is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth in appearance and oral function.
Find out more
Avoid the problems missing teeth create. Look into today's most successful tooth replacement: dental implants. Contact Complete Family Dentistry today for your one-on-consultation with Dr. Raz, Dr. Loch, or Dr. Jahimiak: (262) 549-6850.