How Dental Implants Restore Smiles
Don’t let tooth loss have the final say. Fight back with these tooth replacements.
We understand that as an adult you never expected to lose a tooth. Losing a tooth is a rite of passage for children but can be rather embarrassing once we grow up. Of course, this problem happens to millions of Americans. Luckily, dental technology has come quite a long way and our West Allis, WI, dentist, Dr. Jeff Welnak, can provide you with a restoration to replace your missing teeth that functions just like a real tooth. Here’s how.
A dental implant will take the place of your tooth roots. We know the implant doesn’t look like real tooth roots, but that doesn’t matter. It will still function the same way. How? By being surgically placed into the jawbone where your tooth roots used to be. During your consultation, our West Allis general dentist will determine the exact location of where to place your implant thanks to our advanced dental implant software.
Once the implant has been placed, your first surgery is now complete. As with any surgery, you will go through a recovery period. During this time something amazing will happen—the bone and tissue surrounding your implant will begin to heal, and when they heal they will naturally meld together with the implant to work together as one permanent unit. Once this is complete the next step will be to place the abutment over the implant.
What is an abutment, you may be wondering? We are glad you asked. An abutment is an artificial structure that serves to link up the implant with the dental crown. Of course, this will require another minor surgery so that we can uncover the implant, which is under the gums. Then we will attach the abutment and give your mouth a few more weeks to heal completely before placing your dental crown over the abutment. Once the crown is placed, your dental implant process is now complete.
What makes dental implants such a popular option besides the fact that they are as close to real teeth as you can possibly get is that they are also durable enough to potentially last the rest of your life if you maintain good oral hygiene.
Are you interested in scheduling a consultation to learn more about dental implants and whether your smile could be the perfect candidate? If so, then it’s high time you turned to Root River Dental in West Allis, WI, to discuss your treatment options. Let’s restore your smile for the long term.