Dental Implants – Pewaukee, WI
The Roots of a Long-Lasting Smile
Dentistry has come a long way. In the old days, only the crown of a tooth (the part that you use to chew) could be replaced; the root that connected it to the jawbone was gone for good. But today, crowns, bridges, and even full dentures can use dental implants as artificial roots that anchor your teeth in place and keep the jaw healthy. Are you a candidate for implants? Get in touch with Ostrand Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ostrand and find out more about replacing missing teeth with dental implants in Pewaukee, WI.
Why Choose Ostrand Family Dentistry
for Dental Implants?
- Dentist Who Works Closely with Local Specialists
- Dazzling Restorations
- High Availability
What is a Dental Implant?
By itself, a dental implant – a small post normally made from titanium – may not look much like a replacement tooth. But once it has been surgically inserted into the jaw and has joined with the bone through a process called osseointegration, it can provide support and stability to a prosthetic tooth or teeth. Depending on how many teeth are missing, you might need to get multiple dental implants in strategic areas during your procedure.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Improved Appearance: Your crown, bridge, or denture will be designed to match your natural teeth, and no one will see the implant post hidden beneath the gums.
- Natural Function: Your new teeth will feel like your natural ones, and you’ll be able to eat all your favorite foods again.
- Healthier Jaw: Dental implants stimulate your jawbone so that it doesn’t lose its density over time. This way, it can continue to provide adequate support for your teeth and facial muscles.
- Preserve Your Natural Teeth: Before you get a dental bridge, the teeth adjacent to the gap need to be permanently altered. However, this step isn’t necessary when the bridge is attached to implant posts instead.
- Durability: Implant posts last much longer than other kinds of restorations. In fact, if you take good care of them, they can potentially last the rest of your life.
- A Safe Option: With a 95% success rate, dental implant placement is considered a highly reliable procedure.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Dr. Ostrand will need to check the density of your jawbone to confirm that implant surgery can be performed successfully; she’ll also make sure your gums aren’t suffering from an infection that could complicate the process. Once that’s done, the rest of the process depends on the number of teeth that need to be replaced.
Missing Single Tooth
A dental implant will be carefully placed in the gap and left for 3 to 6 months so that it can fuse with the bone. Once it has, you’ll be ready to receive a customized crown shaped and shaded to look as natural as possible next to your other teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Did you know that two implants could be all it takes to replace three or more missing teeth in a row? The posts can support two crowns that hold one or more artificial teeth between them. Using implants means that no enamel has to be removed from remaining natural teeth.
Missing All Teeth
As life-changing as full dentures can be, sooner or later they may not fit as well as they used to, and they could start to move at awkward moments. That’s why, when possible, it is often recommended to have dentures anchored to four or more dental implant posts.
How Dental Implants Work
The dental implant process can essentially be divided into two steps: the surgery to place the implant itself and the restoration phase. For the surgery, we’ll refer you to a local specialist who has plenty of experience performing the procedure. This minimizes the risks and helps ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. After your mouth has healed, you can return to our dental office so that we can get started designing the crown, bridge, or denture that your implants are meant to support.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Some patients are a bit apprehensive about the price of dental implants. Bear in mind that while the initial procedure will cost more than other types of tooth replacement, getting implants is essentially an investment that will last for decades. Over the long term, you’ll save money because you won’t need to have the implants replaced every few years, unlike traditional bridges and dentures.
The exact cost of your implants – which varies depending on the number of posts needed and other factors – is hard to estimate without a thorough examination. Set up an appointment with us today so that we can start narrowing down the price for you!
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implant
Dental implants are designed to last for decades. In fact, they can easily keep your smile complete, strong, and healthy for an entire lifetime! That is, of course, as long as you take good care of them. While dental implants aren’t vulnerable to decay and boast an astonishing success rate of over 98%, how long they last will ultimately depend on properly caring for them. Thankfully, it’s easy to maintain and care for dental implants! Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind after rebuilding your smile.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Just because your dental implant(s) can’t get cavities doesn’t mean you can slack off on your oral hygiene. A buildup of plaque and bacteria in your mouth can infect the gums and attack the connective tissues that help hold your dental implant in place, which could eventually cause it to fail. Keep your dental implant and the rest of your smile healthy by:
- Brushing for a full two minutes twice a day
- Flossing between all your teeth daily
- Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash regularly.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Dental implants can help you regain 75% or more of your natural biting force, so feel free to eat a full, nutritious diet of all your favorite foods! However, you should monitor and limit your intake of particularly hard foods and sugary treats. Overindulging in these items could crack your restoration or cause gum disease, which in turn can lead to dental implant failure. Instead, eat plenty of foods that contain calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, and fiber to keep your smile strong.
Break Bad Habits
Getting dental implants is an excellent opportunity to break some bad habits that could cause them to fail, such as:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco: Tobacco products slow down your body’s natural healing process, which could prevent the dental implant from properly fusing with your jawbone. The dental implant success rate is much lower for smokers than non-smokers, so now is the perfect time to quit!
- Chewing on hard objects: Just like with your natural teeth, chewing on hard objects like ice, pen caps, or your fingernails could chip or break the restoration that your dental implant supports. Try chewing sugarless gum instead!
- Using your teeth as tools: Using your teeth to open packages, bottles, or bags may seem convenient, but it could all too easily leave you with a cracked or loosened dental implant. Keep the right tools handy so you don’t jeopardize your dental implant.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are reliably strong and durable, but they’re not indestructible. A sudden blow to the face, perhaps from a ball or teammate, could damage or loosen your dental implant. Similarly, the prolonged excess pressure caused by nightly teeth grinding (a condition called bruxism) can wear away at your dental implant and loosen it as well. If you play sports or have bruxism, talk to us about a custom-made mouthguard or nightguard to keep your dental implant safe.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
No matter how many teeth you’ve replaced with dental implants, even if you don’t have any natural teeth at all, you still need to visit us regularly for checkups. We’ll clean your dental implant along with the rest of your smile and make sure that it’s staying firmly in place. If we detect any warning signs of an issue or infection, we can take action against it right away to make sure your newly rebuild smile continues to last.