Restore your smile! Replace your Missing Teeth with Dental Implants from Hampton Dental Associates.
With all of the advancements in modern dental care, you’d think that tooth loss would be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, as we at Hampton Dental Associated and many people in Milwaukee area know, people still lose their teeth due to gum disease, poor home dental hygiene, and trauma. However, dental implants provide a more aesthetic and permanent option for fake teeth than traditional dental bridges or dentures. At Hampton Dental Associates, we are committed to restoring your smile and confidence with quality dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth. Unlike conventional dentures, dental implants are secured in place in the patient’s jawbone where the roots of the patient’s teeth were embedded. Dental implants consist of three main parts:
- The Post – the implant device itself, inserted directly into the jawbone.
- The Abutment – the piece that joins the implant device to the dental restoration.
- The Dental Restoration – the part visible above the gum line, consisting of dentures, a dental crown, or a dental bridge.
Dental implants are made of a biocompatible material, usually titanium. A sturdy post acts as the foundation for anchoring artificial teeth or permanent bridges in place. Dental implants can even secure full dentures in place.
Why should I consider dental implants?
Dental implants have two main benefits over traditional options for missing teeth. First, the implant bonds with the underlying jawbone, since they are designed to take the place of the roots of the teeth. This process anchors your dental restorations in place. Implants will feel as natural and as sturdy as a patient’s original teeth.
Secondly, dental implants do not impact surrounding teeth, lead to bone loss or cause gum recession, which can occur with traditional bridgework and dentures. Since your natural teeth are left intact, the implant provides significant long-term benefit to your oral health.
Dental implants also give patients a boost in confidence. Patients can eat foods they have avoided, smile and talk without being self-conscious, and know that their dental restoration will stay firmly in place. Dental implants are incredibly reliable.
Are implants right for me?
During your consultation at our Milwaukee office, your dentist will discuss your tooth replacement and dental implant options in depth. Almost anyone fit enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery is a good candidate for a dental implant. The dentist at Hampton Dental Associates will examine if you have sufficient jawbone mass and healthy gum tissue, free of periodontal disease.
Patients who practice good oral hygiene and visit their dentist for regular checkups are good candidates for this procedure. Smokers, people who have uncontrolled chronic disorders, or those who have underlying health conditions may be required to undergo evaluation on an individual basis.
What are my Implant Options?
Hampton Dental Associates offer three main types of implants:
Your dentist will speak to you about which option is best for you during your consultation.
What happens during the procedure?
- Local anesthesia is usually adequate for these outpatient procedures, but in more involved cases intravenous sedation may also be used.
- The first part of the implant process consists of surgically burying the implant into the jawbone. It is placed beneath the gum to protect the implant from any force while it is healing for several months.
- At the latter part of the curing period, your dentist will surgically open the implant to eliminate some of the overlying gum.
- The surgeon then fixes posts, or abutments onto the implant. The gum is permitted to settle around the abutment and form a cuff or collar. This stage will provide the dentist with access to the implant when preparing the final restorative stage.
- Once the implants have had an opportunity to heal and have been tested for effective integration, the restorative dental work is then affixed to the successfully osseointegrated implants.
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