Wouldn’t we all like to look better, speak better eat better, and smile more? Dental implants are now the standard of care and the treatment of choice for millions of individuals who need to replace their teeth. Because they are placed in the bone similar to your natural teeth they are the healthiest replacement alternative.
The advantages are many:
- They preserve the bone in the area where your tooth has been lost. Collapse of the bone can affect the appearance of your smile as well as the adjacent teeth. These physical changes in your face can make you look older than you are.
- They may last the rest of your life, making them the most predicable and least costly alternative to replace a tooth or teeth.
- They require normal brushing and flossing to maintain them, unlike bridges that may make cleaning awkward.
- They are the most conservative alternative to a bridge as they do not require reduction of the adjacent teeth that could lead to further treatment.
- We can help you decide if dental implants are the right solution for you.
Innovations in Implant Dentistry
Most dental practices work with specialists and laboratories in different locations to provide their patients with implant dentistry. The surgeon places the dental implant in one location. The restorative dentist takes an impression of the implant at another location and places the restoration (crown or bridge). The dental technician creates the restoration at a third location. At Racine Dental Group, we opperate a little differently. All of the members of the implant team are under one roof, right here in Racine, WI. As a result, we can provide a different level of care that others cannot. Implant treatment requires close coordination of care with members of the team present. Immediate restorations require the surgeon to place the implant and the restorative dentist to place the crown the same day. In our practice, our patients can have all this done without leaving the dental chair. Our in house laboratory can make changes to the restorations to ensure a beautiful and comfortable smile.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jawbone to stabilize a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants can be used to replace individual teeth or multiple teeth. They can also be used to stabilize loose full and partial dentures.
Single Tooth Replacement
The single tooth implant replaces the tooth root. It is freestanding and allows the dentist to protect your adjacent teeth. It also helps stabilize your bite preventing shifting and further tooth loss. The process generally takes 3-5 months depending on the area the implant is being placed.
Teeth in a Day
In certain situations, we are able to place the crown on the implant the same day of the surgery. This is a great convenience in the right circumstance, but is not for every situation. A thorough evaluation by our dentists can determine which option is best for you.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
Dental implants may be use to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. The bridge replaces the lost natural teeth and some of the tooth roots. Healthy, adjacent teeth are left untouched.
Answers for Full or Partial Dentures
Unsecured dentures are an old- fashioned solution for individuals who have lost all of their teeth. Most of these patients lost their natural teeth due to periodontal disease or tooth decay , an accident or illness. Others may have inherited poor teeth. For these people dentures were all we could offer in the past.
Denture patients often have difficulty tasting their food due to all the plastic covering their taste buds. With dental implants, we can restore teeth so they look and feel natural. It is often hard to know what we have lost until we get it back, Dental implants can help you get back your ability to eat /bite, and to taste foods you haven’t been able to for years. Although nothing can completely replace a natural tooth, dental implants are as close as you can get to what nature gave you.
With implant-stabilized dentures, no longer will they have to carefully select foods that don’t require any chewing. Patients can enjoy the confidence to eat foods they previously avoided. Speaking in public can be done with confidence.
This process can vary in length from 2- 6 months. A discussion with one of our dentists can help you decide which option is best for you.
In medicine and dentistry patients are experiencing much less discomfort and faster recoveries after surgery. Compare the experience of gall bladder surgery today with that of just twenty years ago. Similar experiences are possible today with implant surgery. Patients can have an implant placed in the morning and go back to work that afternoon!
With the aid of 3-D implant planning and CT technology, we able to place implants through a much smaller opening than was previously needed. Although not all cases can be done this way, quite a few patients may be candidates for this type of treatment.
Treatment approaches are available for patients to have their teeth the day of the implant surgery. See if you are a candidate.
Oral Reconstructive Surgery
Some patients interested in replacing their missing teeth with dental implants may have inadequate bone and gum tissue to support the implants. The lack of these necessary ingredients to the implant foundation may also prevent us from restoring a natural looking tooth replacement. We have done our best job for you when no one can tell which tooth is the implant.
Modern techniques of bone and soft tissue reconstruction can help patients achieve the kind of treatment result that they should expect. Often we are asked, “Am I a candidate for implants.” We can confidently say that we can help you achieve your goals.
Rebuilding these tissues lost by disease or accident can be done in a variety of ways in a predictable fashion. Our surgical team is experienced in providing the latest of bone and soft tissue reconstructive surgery. Your implant evaluation will include an analysis of the supporting tissues.