Dental Implants – Waupun & Beaver Dam, WI
Permanent, Secure Tooth Replacements
The doctors at Dentistry of Wisconsin have worked with dental implants since the late 1980s, and we are one of a few dental offices in Wisconsin that both places and restores implants. You can enjoy the convenience of having all of your implant dentistry services performed in our dental office without having to see other dentists or specialists.
Implants are surprisingly painless and are extremely successful over time. Almost anyone with missing teeth can be a candidate for this procedure, and it is possible to have your implant-retained dental crowns placed almost immediately. Our dental office caters to implant cases. Special times have been reserved for these patients, so they can get started with the quick journey to a new smile when they call. Contact us today in Waupun or Beaver Dam to get started!
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are unique from other tooth replacement options because they treat both the root and the crown. This allows them to closely mimic your natural teeth. The process to receive them consists of multiple phases, which are necessary to ensure the long-term success of your new smile. Your dentist explains each step of your treatment and what you can expect during your initial consultation.
Replacing a Single Tooth
One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is their versatility. Whether the patient is missing several teeth or just one, most are viable candidates for this transformative procedure. When faced with the latter, our team will pair your surgically placed implant with a custom-made dental crown. This crown will be crafted from beautifully lifelike dental ceramic, which will help it blend in seamlessly alongside the natural teeth. Better yet, its conservative nature won’t require any significant amounts of the remaining natural structure to be reduced.
Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth
If the patient needs to restore several teeth throughout the mouth, there are multiple options available. When the teeth are scattered, individual implant-retained dental crowns may be the best solution. However, if multiple missing teeth once appeared next to each other, an implant-retained bridge may be preferred. This type of restoration is anchored in place securely with the use of two dental implants, which are placed on either side of the overall gap. This modern reconstructive method is superior to traditional dental bridges.
Missing All of Your Teeth
When extreme tooth loss occurs, even the simplest everyday actions like enjoying a favorite meal or speaking to friends can become incredibly difficult. Dental implants are the best way to regain your complete smile and get back to living life to the fullest! Our dentists can design the ideal implant-retained denture for your unique mouth, providing optimal fit, durability, and cosmetic value. This type of prosthetic can either be removable in nature for patients who are already used to the convenience of traditional dentures or permanently anchored in place.
Our educational background regarding implants includes time spent at the Clinical Research Associates, University of Minnesota, the London Institute, the Pankey Institute, and more. Additionally, our dentists have attended numerous courses at meetings like the Midwest Dental Meeting, the Implant Dentistry Continuum in Chicago, and with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
What Do Dental Implants Cost?
There are several components that contribute to the cost of dental implants, including how many implants/restorations are needed, the use of abutments, any health-minded procedures like periodontal therapy that must be completed before the reconstruction begins, and more. Once our doctors have completed an initial consultation, we can provide you with a confident estimate. Dental implants are certainly an investment of time and money, but we genuinely believe that the results are well worth it. Because implant-retained teeth are almost certain to last for a lifetime, patients will not need to spend money on costly replacements and upkeep to the same degree as more traditional services.
Experience Full Comfort with Sedation Dentistry
Conscious sedation is available to reduce anxiety and make your implant surgery visit a comfortable one. We can also arrange financing for you. Why delay? Let us help you avoid the discomfort and embarrassment of missing teeth.
Dental Implant FAQ’s
Getting dental implants is a process, and it’s important to understand all the steps involved and what exactly happens at each stage. At Dentistry of Wisconsin, we place a lot of value in having well-educated patients. Here are some common questions that we’ve received about dental implants. If there’s anything else you’re curious or concerned about, you can ask us during a consultation.
Can a Dental Implant Fail?
Implants have a very, very high success rate – up to 98% – but there are some circumstances where they might fail. For example, the gums around the implant site could become infected, or there might not be enough bone present for a successful integration. Be on the lookout for possible signs of failure, such as a loose implant, inflamed or receding gums, swelling, severe pain or discomfort, and difficulty chewing. We’ll help address the problem to protect your oral health; depending on the situation, we might be able to replant once the issue is solved.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If your jawbone has already deteriorated thanks to the absence of teeth, you may not be able to get implants. However, this can often be corrected through a bone graft procedure. Similarly, patients with gum disease will need to get periodontal therapy before the surgery.
Other health issues also need to be taken into account. Diabetes can make you more vulnerable to infection and disrupt the body’s healing process, so unless it’s well-controlled it could cause complications.
How Long Will My Dental Implants Last?
Unlike traditional dentures that usually see about five to eight years of use or bridges and crowns that potentially last for five to 15 years, dental implants can last for decades. Many estimates say 20 or 30 years, but sometimes they can last for the rest of your life! Of course, this is wholly dependent on how well you take care of your implants and your mouth in general. Continue brushing and flossing twice a day, and don’t forget to come to our practice every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning!
Will the Procedure Hurt?
It may surprise you that the implant surgery causes very little discomfort. Thanks to anesthetic and various forms of dental sedation, the procedure might actually be less painful than a tooth extraction! That said, you might experience some swelling and discomfort afterwards, but this should only last for a few days (the exact amount of time depends on your body and the complexity of the surgery itself).
What’s Recovery After Dental Implant Surgery Like?
You’ll likely need to spend the first day after surgery resting in bed or otherwise sitting still. Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen can help you deal control any discomfort. We might have more specific instructions depending on your situation, but in general, you’ll need to stick to soft, nutritious foods while avoiding anything particularly hot. Don’t drink with a straw until your mouth has healed, and don’t smoke for at least a week. Finally, don’t forget to brush your teeth and implants softly.