Dental implants are a safe and highly-effective tooth replacement option. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, implants provide a permanent solution that looks and functions like your natural teeth.
Dental Implants in Glendale, WI
A dental implant is an artificial root upon which a manufactured tooth can be placed. Implants are used to support the replacement of a single tooth, multiple teeth, or larger prostheses such as dentures, depending on the individual’s requirements and condition. Placement of the implant stabilizes bone levels and may prevent bone loss, resulting in greater long-term support, function, and esthetics. Implants are a superior way to replace missing teeth, as they do not require alteration of adjacent teeth. They are also an excellent way to stabilize a denture.
What is the process for dental implants?
Getting a dental implant has multiple steps and the process can vary depending on each patient’s unique needs. Your current oral health, including bone levels, is the biggest factor in determining your process for a dental implant.
- Consultation and exam. At your initial appointment, Dr. Sladky will complete a full exam, including x-rays to measure your bone health and discuss available treatment options.
- Tooth extraction / Bone Graft. If necessary, we will remove the tooth/teeth being replaced by the implant(s). If there is bone loss around the extraction site, we will perform a dental bone graft to ensure you have enough bone support for a dental implant.
- Implant placement. The implant (or the artificial root for the tooth) is surgically placed below the gum line with a healing cap.
- Implant healing. Your implant will begin to fuse with your jawbone and your jawbone will heal around the implant to provide a base for your new tooth, which can take several months to complete.
- Abutment/crown placement. The abutment is the component that your artificial tooth (crown) will be placed on. The abutment is attached to the implant, and then the crown is placed on the abutment.
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How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants have multiple components, including the implant itself, the abutment, and the dental crown.
The implant is designed to last forever, as it fuses with your jawbone. It rarely every requires alteration or intervention unless complications occur.
The crown (i.e., the artificial tooth) that attaches to the implant lasts between 10-30 years. The length of the crown is impacted by your home care and visit the dentist twice a year. Dental crowns should be cared for just as your regular teeth, including brushing and flossing twice a day.
What types of dental implants exist?
Two of the most commonly used dental implants are endosteal implants and all-on-4 implants. Endosteal implants are the most common dental implant option. They are comprised of a titanium metal rod that is installed into the jawbone and a supporting post that is specifically designed to secure either a dental crown or a dental bridge. All-on-4 implants are a revolutionary dental implant system in which an entire top or bottom denture is supported on just four implants. Each implant is strategically placed so that the replacement teeth remain steady and secure. The advantage of using four implants is that it helps promote faster patient recovery and reduces the likelihood of complications from possible implant failure.
If you have more questions about dental implants, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.