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A fair number of people with total tooth loss have arrived at this point after a long history of dental issues. It's quite likely they've had a series of bridges or partial dentures over the years to accommodate lost teeth at various times before moving to full dentures.
For many, it often seems easier to extract any remaining teeth at some point and simply move on to a total restoration. It's often better for oral health, however, to preserve any remaining teeth for as long as possible and update restorations as needed. Dental implants could make this type of staged restoration strategy much easier to manage.
Implants are tiny metal posts surgically imbedded in a patient's jawbone. Over time, bone cells grow and adhere to the implant's titanium surface, creating a strong and durable hold. Its most familiar application is as a replacement for an individual tooth.
But because of their strength and durability, this advanced dental technology is also used to support other restorations like bridges and partial or full dentures by way of a few strategically placed implants. And it's in that role that they can be useful in planning and implementing future restoration upgrades when needed.
Under this strategy, we add implants to supplement pre-existing implants from earlier restorations to support the updated dental work. For example, we might have previously placed an implant supporting a single tooth or a small bridge. When the need later arises for a partial denture, we can add additional implants to be used with the earlier one to support the new denture.
If the earlier implants have been well-placed, we need only to add enough implants necessary to support a full denture when the time comes. How many will depend on the particular type of denture: A removable lower denture may only require one additional implant with one already in place. A fixed upper or lower denture will require enough to bring the number to between four and eight.
Taking this long-term approach can be more cost-effective in the long-run. More importantly, it can make for a smoother path for the patient and help preserve remaining teeth for as long as possible.
If you would like more information on restoration options for lost teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing All Teeth but Not All at Once.”
From giving you a durable, beautiful, and functional solution to your lost tooth to boosting your confidence, dental implants are quickly becoming the most sought-after tooth replacement option for restoring smiles. Implants are made up of a titanium screw that’s implanted into the jawbone and a crown at the top. They can accurately imitate the look and function of real teeth. Here at the Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, our dentists, Dr. Joel Jahimiak, Dr. Cathleen Meiling, and Dr. Kendra Daniels, recommend dental implants because of the many benefits it can offer.
Keep Your Teeth From Moving
Teeth shifting occur when a missing tooth leaves a gap that your jawbone will compensate for by gradually moving your remaining teeth toward the gap. When you fill in this gap with a dental implant, however, your real teeth will remain in their correct positions.
Stimulate and Maintain Bone Integrity
If you have a missing tooth, the portion of the jawbone that once supported it would eventually deteriorate due to a lack of stimulation from tooth roots. With a dental implant to act as an artificial tooth root, the jawbone will be continuously stimulated and its bone density preserved.
Give Your Self-Esteem a Major Boost
Aside from the long-term benefits of dental implants mentioned above, they likewise make people smile confidently again. You may also find your speech improving since a lost tooth could make it hard to pronounce certain words correctly.
Take Great Pleasure in Eating Again
You will never need to worry about implants suddenly falling out when you eat since they’re permanently fused into your jawbone. In addition, because they work exactly like your natural teeth, you can certainly use them for eating all the food you enjoyed prior to losing your teeth.
Think You’re a Great Fit for Dental Implants?
Contact Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, and schedule your appointment with Dr. Joel Jahimiak, Dr. Cathleen Meiling, or Dr. Kendra Daniels by calling (262) 549-6850.
Nothing looks, feels or acts quite like a natural tooth. But, dental implants from Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha come so close you will be amazed. Placed and restored by Drs. Jahimiak, Raz, and Loch, these replacement teeth could give your smile a wonderful second chance.
FAQs about dental implants
What are dental implants made of? They're made from a naturally-occurring metal called titanium. Having a cylindrical or screw-like shape, the titanium device bonds to the jaw through amazing osseointegration. A single-tooth dental implant also has an extension post to connect the screw to the high-quality porcelain crown which tops off the artificial tooth.
How long does osseointegration take? After your Waukesha dentist surgically inserts the implant, osseointegration happens gradually over a few months. Each individual is different with a different ability to heal.
Does the oral implant surgery hurt? No, it does not hurt because your dentist at Complete Family Dentistry will inject a local anesthetic to numb the implant site. Even if you require bone grafts to strengthen your jaw bone, healing will be quick and comfortable.
Can dental implants fail? Yes, they can, but relatively few do. Your dentist will examine your mouth, including your jaw bone size and density, and review your overall health before recommending any implant procedure. However, poor oral hygiene and tobacco usage can lead to bone and gum degradation around an implant, causing loosening and the need for removal. Overall, dental implants succeed about 95 percent of the time, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. Routine brushing, flossing, and in-office check-ups and cleanings are key to healthy implant sites.
I need dentures. Can dental implants help me? You can enjoy a fully restored and functional smile even if you have lost all your teeth. Go through the qualifying examination, and your dentist will show you how multiple implants may anchor your bridge work or full/partial denture.
How can you learn more about dental implants?
Just phone Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, for a individualized dental implant consultation with one of our highly-skilled dentists. Get all your questions answered fully and in-person! Phone today at (262) 549-6850.
About 178 million Americans have missing teeth according to the American College of Prosthodontists. If you are part of this large contingency, you'll be happy to hear that dental implants can help rebuild your smile in a way that both looks and feels completely natural! Find out more about dental implants, how they work, and why they should fill the gaps in your smile by reading below, and if you are interested in treatment, contact Drs. Joel Jahimiak, Cathleen Raz, and Kendra Loch at Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, today!
Why do I need a dental implant?
Dental implants replace a missing tooth and can benefit almost anyone with a gap in their smile. Furthermore, implants do more than just improve the aesthetic side of your smile—they also help eliminate side effects caused by the gaps, such as drifting teeth. In fact, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents bone atrophy, a condition that causes the bone under the gap to degrade.
Is it safe to get a dental implant?
Dental implants have been in use for decades. Modern implants use implant-grade titanium for the implant fixture (i.e. the piece that is placed directly into your jawbone), a step that has proven to be very successful in taking the place of missing tooth roots. Additionally, implants have a low rejection rate and are made to last a lifetime with proper care. Following the American Dental Association’s guidelines of brushing twice daily and flossing once daily coupled with regular dental examinations and cleanings is often enough to keep both your natural teeth and your dental implants healthy for years to come.
Rebuild your smile with dental Implants from our Waukesha office!
Dental implants can help rebuild your smile, renew its appearance, and boost your self-esteem by giving you a look that you love! If you think that you could benefit from dental implants, a consultation with your dentist is the best way to ensure that you receive the best tooth replacement option for your situation.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Joel Jahimiak, Dr. Cathleen Raz, and Dr. Kendra Loch at Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI. Dial (262) 549-6850 today to schedule your appointment!
Dental implants are by far the best way to replace missing teeth. But they do more than improve your smile: they can restore your ability to eat, chew and talk properly, especially if the teeth replaced are in the back of your mouth. What’s more, they can improve the entire look of your face by restoring facial height and cheek support lost because of the missing teeth.
There is, however, one obstacle to overcome before receiving dental implants — a lack of sufficient bone at the implant site. Bone loss usually occurs when teeth have been missing for some time. This is because when we chew the forces generated by the teeth stimulate continual bone growth to make up for older bone that has dissolved (resorbed). This stimulation doesn’t occur after teeth are lost, which slows the rate of bone growth. Over time the amount of healthy bone diminishes.
Without enough bone for support, implants can’t be placed properly. Fortunately, some of the bone can be regenerated through techniques that place bone grafting material at the site to stimulate and serve as a scaffold for new bone.Â The new bone will eventually replace the graft.
For missing upper back teeth with bone loss, we can take advantage of facial anatomy to grow the bone needed for implants. This area of the face is where the maxillary sinuses, air spaces lined with a tissue membrane, are located on either side just above the upper jaw. After determining their exact size and location through detailed x-ray imaging, we can surgically access the area inside the mouth just above the missing teeth.
The sinus cavity is an area where bone growth can occur by placing a bone graft between the floor of the sinus and the sinus membrane. Sometimes bone growth enhancers are used to stimulate and speed up regeneration. The procedure can usually be performed with local anesthesia (much like a routine tooth filling), with only mild discomfort afterward for a few days managed by an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen and a decongestant for sinus swelling.
After six to seven months, we re-evaluate the area to see if sufficient bone has returned for implant surgery. If so, you will be well on your way to achieving a new look and better function through dental implants.
If you would like more information on building new bone through sinus surgery, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sinus Surgery.”