Dental implants look, act, and even feel like one of your natural teeth. If you’re missing a tooth from an extraction years ago or need to have a tooth pulled, contact James Hill, DDS, and the team at Madison Lakes Dental, Wisconsin, for a dental implant consultation. Click on the online booking feature, or call the office directly to schedule your dental implant appointment today.
Dental Implants Q & A
Why should I get a dental implant?
Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Though preserving your natural tooth is always preferred, teeth do decay and become damaged, which causes them to loosen, fall out, or require extraction.
But once a tooth is missing, the underlying bone is no longer stimulated. When this occurs, tissues start breaking down. Placing a dental implant into your jawbone gives bone and surrounding structures something to do, which minimizes bone and tissue loss.
It’s also important to get a dental implant to:
- Help you smile confidently
- Prevent teeth from shifting out of place
- Maintain your natural biting and chewing abilities
Madison Lakes Dental provides complete dental implant and restoration services under one roof, so you can replace one or more missing teeth.
How does a dentist perform a dental implant procedure?
The first step in getting a dental implant is undergoing a surgical procedure. Dental implant surgery involves positioning a titanium post into your jawbone beneath your gum line. This post fuses to your bone naturally over several months.
Once you have enough bone and gum tissue built up around the implant post, it’s strong enough to support a restoration piece. Your dentist places an abutment (or anchor) onto the implant, so it can serve as a foundation for your crown or bridge.
Gathering a series of impressions of the implant site and surrounding teeth is necessary to be able to fabricate your crown or bridge, which takes about two or three weeks. You’re going to need to come by Madison Lakes Dental for a follow-up visit to complete your implant restoration and have your crown or bridge bonded into place.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants and restorations don’t decay and can last a lifetime. But the team at Madison Lakes Dental encourages you to be diligent about coming to the clinic every six months for dental exams and cleanings.
In some cases, dental implants fail because of gum disease or deep decay in surrounding teeth. But these issues are preventable through comprehensive dental care and good oral hygiene practices.
Book your dental implant evaluation at Madison Lakes Dental directly through the website today. You’re also welcome to call to schedule an implant exam by phone.