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By Proven Dental
February 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Find out why so many adults are turning to dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Are you thinking that dental implants may be the best way to replace your missing tooth or teeth? If so, then the next step is to turn to our Waukesha, WI, dentist Dr. James Murphy, who has been successfully placing dental implants for years to help people feel confident smiling again. Dental implants are unique and unlike any other artificial tooth.

If you are dealing with tooth loss here are the benefits of getting dental implants,

  • Prevent jawbone deterioration
  • Support the facial muscles and prevent sagging skin
  • Fill gaps in your smile and prevent teeth from shifting around
  • Fully restore chewing and speaking, which allows you to eat what you want without worrying about teeth slippage
  • False teeth that look just like real teeth (the only one that will know that you have implants is you)
  • An incredibly comfortable artificial tooth that feels and functions like a real tooth
  • A major boost to self-esteem and confidence, which can help your career, professional endeavors, and social life
  • A restoration that could last you the rest of your life as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and proper care for your implant

As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to getting dental implants. So the next question on your mind might be: Are dental implants right for me? While you can certainly do your online research to help you decide, the best way to determine whether you should get implants is by turning to our Waukesha, WI, family dentist for an evaluation.

If these benefits alone are enough for you to want to take the next steps to fill gaps in your smile then call Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI, at (262) 650-3000 and let us know that you are interested in getting dental implants.

By Proven Dental
December 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
HowImplantsMightImproveBoneHealthWithDentures

Think dental implants only replace individual teeth? Think again—this premier technology can also support other kinds of restorations to provide better stability and comfort. And, they also help improve bone health when incorporated with any type of tooth replacement options, especially dentures.

Although traditional dentures have enjoyed a long, successful history as a tooth replacement solution, they can interfere with bone health. That’s because regular dentures fit in the mouth by resting on the bony ridges of the jaw, which has implications for the bone.

As living tissue, bone goes through a growth cycle with older bone cells dying and dissolving and newer cells forming to take their place. The teeth play a role in this growth cycle — the forces generated when we chew travel up through the teeth and help stimulate bone growth. When teeth go missing, however, so does this stimulus.

Traditional dentures can’t replace this missing stimulus. In fact, the constant pressure of dentures on the jaw may even accelerate bone loss. A sign this is happening occurs when the dentures’ once tight fit begins to loosen and they become uncomfortable to wear.

Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate this problem. We first surgically place a few implants in the jaw, the number determined by which jaw (the lower requires less) and whether the denture is removable or fixed. If removable, the denture has connective points that match the implant locations — you simply connect them with the implants. If fixed, the denture is screwed into the implants to hold it in place.

So, how does this help bone health? For one, the denture no longer puts as much pressure on the jaw ridges—the main support comes from the implants. And, the implants themselves encourage bone stimulation: The titanium in the implant has a special affinity with bone cells that naturally grow and adhere to its metal surface. This natural integration between implant and bone can stop bone loss and may even help reverse it.

If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures, you’ll first need to undergo a full dental exam with your dentist. These restorations aren’t appropriate for all dental situations. But, if they can work for you, you may be able to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, 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.”

By Proven Dental
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are dental implants on your list of possible tooth replacement options? An excellent restoration choice that carries a number of unique benefits, dental implants are offered by Dr. James Murphy of Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI, to make your smile as good as new!

Here are some of the top reasons for undergoing this reliable and safe treatment:

 

Reason 1: Dental Implants Offer a Complete Restoration Method

If you're thinking about replacing lost teeth, you're probably also considering bridges or dentures. These restorations, while effective, only replace the part of teeth visible above the gum line. Dental implants are the only restoration option that also replaces tooth roots.

Implants are small titanium posts that your dentist adds to your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. Dental implants gradually bond to your jawbone over a period of several months. When they're connected to dental crowns, they create brand new teeth.

 

Reason 2: Your Smile Will Never Look Better

Crowns attached to your dental implants fill the gaps in your smile, helping you look your best. Your Waukesha dentist makes an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new crown will fit the space in your mouth perfectly.

 

Reason 3: Dental Implants Protect Your Oral Health

Dental implants help prevent jawbone resorption, a problem that occurs when the bone begins to slowly shrink after tooth loss. Resorption can cause your teeth to shift and may eventually even loosen teeth. Severe resorption can even affect your appearance and lead to facial sagging.

 

Reason 4: Implants Feel Like Real Teeth

Dental implants feel like your natural teeth. They won't move or slip when you bite, and they can be cleaned simply by brushing and flossing daily.

 

Reason 5: Implants Are Versatile

There are no limits to the numbers of teeth that dental implants can replace. In fact, they can even be used as an alternative to full dentures! Implant-supported dentures are attached to a few dental implants or to a metal framework. This way, the dentures feel more like real teeth and don't cause a dramatic decrease in biting power, as removable dentures do.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

Transform your smile with dental implants! Call your Waukesha, WI, dentist, Dr. James Murphy of Proven Dental at (262) 650-3000 to schedule an appointment.

By Proven Dental
November 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

There are several restorative procedures that can help rejuvenate and strengthen your smile, but dental implants are one of the best options to replace missing teeth. If you're interested, Dr. James Murphy at Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI provides dental implants.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of many restorative procedures, like dentures and bridges. Dental implants consist of several parts:

  • There's a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone; it prevents deterioration of bone structure
  • screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post
  • crown matching the rest of your teeth is placed above the abutment; it completes your smile

Procedure in Waukesha

The procedure is straightforward.

  1. The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength, and prevents weakening and shrinkage of the jawbone.
  2. After inserting the titanium post, the dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration (a process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone) to occur.
  3. Afterward, your dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Caring for Dental Implants

To take proper care of your dental implants, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day, at least once before bed. A change in diet may also be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative care.

There are several advantages to dental implants:

  • They restore bite and chewing function.
  • They replace one, or multiple teeth..

If you have more questions, or concerns, about dental implants, call your dentist in Waukesha, WI Dr. James Murphy today!

AvoidImplantFailurebyWatchingOutforTheseMouthProblems

There are several reasons why dental implants are so popular. Perhaps the most important, though, is their longevity: if maintained properly implants can last for decades. However, they’re not indestructible—certain mouth conditions could put them at risk for early failure. But if you address emerging problems early, you may be able to prevent that unfortunate outcome.

Your implants may be in danger, for example, if you have a teeth grinding or clenching habit. This occurs when a person involuntarily and repeatedly bites down on their teeth when not chewing or speaking. Usually triggered in adults by high stress, teeth grinding can subject both natural teeth and implants to damaging levels of force. Over time this can cause bone loss around an implant and weaken their support. It could also cause a direct break in an implant.

But there are ways to stop or at least reduce the effects of teeth grinding. One effective way is a custom-made bite guard you wear while you sleep. Made of hard plastic, the guard prevents the teeth from making solid contact with each other, reducing the amount of force generated.

A more prominent problem is periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection caused by built-up dental plaque on tooth surfaces. This can trigger inflammation, a normal defensive response that when it persists for an extended period of time can damage tissues and supporting bone. It can also cause a specific form of gum disease related to implants called peri-implantitis, in which the tissues that support an implant become infected and weaken, leading eventually to possible implant failure.

If you have implants, then, you should brush and floss daily to prevent gum disease, as well as see your dentist at least every six months for cleanings and checkups. And if you notice anything like reddened, swollen or bleeding gums, see your dentist immediately. The sooner you undergo treatment, the better the outcome for your implants as well as your overall health.

Dental implants can give you years of great service and can prove to be well worth the cost. But you’ll have to stay on your guard against gum disease and other mouth conditions that could endanger them down the road.

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: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”