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By Root River Dental
August 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

Generations have depended on dentures to effectively and affordably replace lost teeth. But they do have a major weakness: They contribute to jawbone loss that creates not only mouth and facial problems, but can also ruin a denture’s fit.

Bone loss is a normal consequence of losing teeth. The biting forces normally generated when we chew stimulate new bone to replace older bone. When a tooth is missing, however, so is that chewing stimulation. This can slow bone replacement growth and gradually decrease the density and volume of affected bone.

While dentures can restore dental appearance and function, they can’t restore this growth stimulation. What’s worse, the pressure of the dentures against the gum-covered jaw ridge they rest upon may irritate the underlying bone and accelerate loss.

But there is a solution to the problem of denture-related bone loss: an implant-supported denture. Rather than obtaining its major support from the gum ridges, this new type of denture is secured by strategically-placed implants that connect with it.

Besides the enhanced support they can provide to a denture restoration, implants can also deter bone loss. This is because of the special affinity bone cells have with an implant’s imbedded titanium post. The gradual growth of bone on and around the implant surface not only boosts the implant’s strength and durability, it can also improve bone health.

There are two types of implant-supported dentures. One is a removable appliance that connects with implants installed in the jaw (three or more for the upper jaw or as few as two in the lower). It may also be possible to retrofit existing dentures to connect with implants.

The other type is a fixed appliance a dentist permanently installs by screwing it into anywhere from four and six implants. The fixed implant-supported denture is closer to the feel of real teeth (you’ll brush and floss normally), but it’s usually more costly than the removable implant-supported denture.

While more expensive than traditional ones, implant-supported dentures still cost less than other restorations like individual implant tooth replacements. They may also help deter bone loss, which may lead to a longer lasting fit with the dentures. Visit your dentist for an evaluation of your dental condition to see if you’re a good candidate for this advanced form of dental restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dentures, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”


You have a lot of options for replacing missing teeth, from state-of-the-art dental implants to affordable, but effective partial dentures. But if the teeth in question have been missing for a while, you may first have to undergo orthodontic treatment. Here's why.

While they may feel rigid and firm in the jawbone, teeth are actually held in place by periodontal (gum) ligaments. These elastic tissues lie between the teeth and the bone and attach to both with tiny filaments. This mechanism allows the teeth to incrementally move over time in response to biting pressures or other environmental factors.

When a tooth goes missing the teeth on either side of the space naturally move or "drift" into it to help close the gap. This natural occurrence can reduce the space for a restoration if it has gone on for some time. To make room for a new prosthetic (false) tooth, we may have to move the drifted teeth back to where they belong.

If you're thinking metal braces, that is an option—but not the only one. Clear aligners are another way to move teeth if the bite problem (malocclusion) isn't too severe. Aligners are a series of custom-made, clear, plastic trays worn over the teeth. The patient wears each tray, slightly smaller than the previous one in the series, for about two weeks before changing to the next one. The reduction in size gradually moves teeth to their intended target position.

Many adults prefer clear aligners because they're nearly invisible and don't stand out like metal braces. They're removable, so you can take them out for cleaning or for special occasions. And, we can also attach a prosthetic tooth to the tray that temporarily covers the missing tooth space.

Whichever orthodontic treatment you choose, once completed we can then proceed with restoration to permanently replace your missing teeth. While it can be a long process, the end result is a beautiful smile that could last for years to come.

If you would like more information on your dental restoration options, 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 “Straightening a Smile before Replacing Lost Teeth.”


When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, including a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. But the premier choice is “the new kid on the block” at just over thirty years old: dental implants. Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice among both patients and dentists.

But they also happen to be the most expensive option, at least initially. So the question is, why invest in dental implants over less costly choices?

Here are 3 reasons why implants could be well worth their price.

More Like a real tooth than other restorations. Implants can match the life-like appearance of any other replacement choice, often utilizing the same types of materials. But where they really excel is in function—how they perform while biting and chewing. This is because the dental implant’s titanium post imbedded in the jawbone replaces the tooth root. No other dental restoration can do that—or perform better when comparing the resulting functionality.

Best long-term solution. As we mentioned before, the initial implant cost is typically higher than either dentures or bridges. But you should also consider their durability compared to other choices. It could be potentially much longer—possibly decades. This is because the titanium post creates an ultra-strong hold in the jawbone as bone cells naturally grow and adhere to this particular metal. The resulting hold can withstand the daily forces generated during eating and chewing. With proper care they might even last a lifetime, and actually cost you less in the long run over other choices.

Adaptable to other types of restoration. Implants have greater uses other than as individual tooth replacements. A few strategically placed implants can also be used to support removable dentures or a fixed bridge for multiple teeth or an entire dental arch. As the technology continues to advance, implants are helping to make other restoration options stronger, more stable and longer lasting—and adding more value to your investment.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants 101.”

By Root River Dental
November 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Tooth loss can significantly affect the strength of your smile and negatively affect the way it looks, but it doesn’t have to be a permanentdental implants problem. When treated early, many patients can benefit from dental implantation, a very straightforward oral surgery that replaces missing teeth. Go to an exam at Root River Dental in West Allis, WI to determine if dental implants are right for you!

Dental Implants and Your Smile
You’re born with a total of 32 teeth that are individually designed to bite and tear into foods. They are a part of the digestive process. Your teeth also make you look more attractive, youthful, and full of life. Consequently, the loss of even one of your teeth can create major lifestyle challenges. Luckily, advances in dental science have led to a lasting solution for tooth loss. Dental implants restore missing teeth from the base to the crown, and because of the life-like materials used to create them, they look no different from the rest of your teeth.

Dental Implants: Are You a Good Candidate?
To be a viable candidate for dental implants, you must have good oral health. This means that your gums should be free from disease and there should be good bone density in your jawline. A patient who has a strong immune system is the best candidate for this procedure, although your dental care habits are also a factor in deciding to get dental implants started by your West Allis, WI dentist. You want to avoid the habits that caused tooth loss in the first place to ensure that your newly implanted device will last for a long time.

Placing Dental Implants
To place a dental implant, your dentist must first open a small space in the bone. The implant, a titanium post that looks like a screw, can then be surgically inserted and stitched closed to allow the healing period to begin. Over the course of a few months, the implant merges with the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration.

Strengthen Your Smile with an Implant
Dental implants add strength to your smile and give you confidence when you’re eating, talking, and smiling. Call (414) 545-2050 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeff Welnak at Root River Dental in West Allis, WI.

By Root River Dental
May 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implantsHow dental implants from your dentist in West Allis can remake your smile

When you smile, do people notice the gaps between your teeth, instead of your beautiful smile? If so, it’s time to close those gaps and achieve the complete smile you deserve. The answer is dental implants! Dr. Jeff Welnak at Root River Dental in West Allis, WI, wants to share how dental implants can close the gaps and remake your smile.

Whether you have gaps from one lost tooth or several lost teeth, dental implants can fill the space. They can make it possible for you to chew the foods you love once again. They can give you back a smile people will notice, a smile you can be proud of.

So, why should you choose dental implants instead of partials or bridges? There are many reasons, and these are just a few:

  • Dental implants are firmly embedded in bone, so they don’t ever move; they are a permanent part of your smile, unlike bridges and partials.
  • Dental implants look completely natural because they are made of light-reflective materials that look just like your natural teeth, unlike partials and bridges.
  • Dental implants are easy to maintain because you brush and floss them right along with your natural teeth, unlike bridges and partials, which require soaking and cumbersome tools.

Your new dental implants will never decay and they are stain-resistant, so you know they will remain beautiful for a lifetime. What could be better than tooth replacement that is permanent, easy to care for, and naturally-beautiful? Dental implants are the choice to make.

When you choose dental implants, you’ve selected tooth replacement with a long history of safety and success. In fact, dental implants boast a success rate of over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

If you want to close the gaps created by missing teeth, it’s time to investigate dental implants, the state-of-the-art way to complete your smile. For more information about dental implants and other restorative and cosmetic dental services, call Dr. Welnak at Root River Dental in West Allis, WI, today!