Dental Implants Provide Better Fit and Mouth Stability
Better appearance, more confidence, better fit, more effective chewing and overall mouth stability are just a few advantages of using dental implants to replace missing teeth. Increasing in popularity over dentures, these small dental appliances are expertly placed by the highly trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons with Froedtert & the Medical College.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
If you have loose or poor-fitting dentures or are missing multiple teeth and need support for crowns and bridges, implants may be a better option for you than dentures. Not only do implants enhance your appearance, they provide other benefits including:
- Less chance of movement or shifting in the mouth than dentures, bridges or crowns
- Better chewing function
- Solid support for other dental devices you may have, such as removable dentures or fixed bridge work
- More natural look and feel than dentures
- Boosted self-confidence through improved speech and appearance
Choosing Dental Implants
Just about everyone is a candidate for dental implants and a better smile. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will assess you to make sure that your gums are healthy and that you have enough jawbone to support implants. He or she will also ask questions about behaviors like smoking and drinking, which could affect the success of an implant.
Implant Options for Real-Looking Teeth
Dental implants are extraordinarily real-looking teeth (crowns) attached to state-of-the art structures that are inserted into your jawbone and will soon fuse with the bone. There are several types to meet your needs, both physically and financially.
- Single tooth replacement – excellent for replacing one or two teeth lost to injury
- Multiple tooth replacement – appropriate for replacing several teeth next to one another by anchoring a group of replacements with two implant structures
- Full arch replacement – replacing an entire upper or lower set of teeth by anchoring them in four locations on the jaw
The dental implant process usually requires three to six months for the jaw to heal before the implant is fully functional. The process starts with X-rays, and may include computed tomography (CT) images of your skull so that your surgeon can assess your bone structure and plan for surgery. If possible, oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Froedtert Hospital will opt for a single-surgery approach to your dental implantation. However, there are circumstances that call for a two-step surgery to obtain the best results.
Flexible Financial Options
Our staff understand that dental implant procedures have the potential to be costly, so we will work with you, starting with one of your first office visits, to determine the most beneficial and affordable implant solution. We can help you work with insurance companies to maximize potential coverage.
Financing options are available, too. Our vast experience in this aspect of care has helped countless patients benefit from the expertise of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons who are backed by an entire team of professionals utilizing high-quality, high-tech, surgical-grade implants.