Are you considering tooth replacement? Then, ask Dr. James Murphy at Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI, about dental implants, the finest prosthetic option available. Whether you have lost one, two, or a complete arch of teeth, dental implants really can help. Our experienced team will give you all the details about this amazing smile restoration service.
What do dental implants look like?
Made from biocompatible titanium metal, the dental implant itself is screw-like or fashioned like a cylinder. Sized like a natural tooth root, the implant resides in the alveolar ridge of the jaw and adheres to it through osseointegration (fusing to the bone). After surgical insertion of a dental implant, osseointegration stabilizes it over the next several months. Then, your dentist can add a metal alloy extension and porcelain crown. If you need more sizeable tooth replacement, you may receive multiple implants to anchor a bridge or even a complete denture.
The benefits of dental implants
Dental implants truly resemble real teeth. Patients testify to it, saying their implants allow them to eat and speak normally. In fact, they actually forget they have implants.
Plus, dental implants stop the harmful effects of tooth loss, including:
- Bone and gum recession
- Facial aging due to bone loss
- Inefficient biting and chewing
- Poor digestion
- Shifting of remaining natural teeth, both to the sides of the smile gap and above or below it
Dental implants exercise your supporting bone and gums, avoiding the problems associated with tooth loss. Finally, placing dental implants is a simple, comfortable procedure. You will heal quickly from it, too.
Caring for dental implants
Dental implants are no more difficult to care for than your real teeth. Brush two times every day, and use floss once daily as your dental hygienist directs. Refrain from hard menu options such as nuts and taffy which can place excessive strain on your new teeth.
Wear a nightguard if Dr. Murphy recommends one. These comfortable appliances cushion the impact of teeth clenching and grinding. Known as bruxism, this habit can cause jaw pain and loosen dental implants.
Finally, see your dentist at his Waukesha, WI, office for a cleaning and exam semi-annually. Or call any time you have a question about your implants and general oral health.
Contact Proven Dental
Dr. Murphy and his team are experts in dental implant placement and after-care. You can have a fully restored and attractive smile. Phone us in Waukesha, WI, to schedule an appointment at (262) 650-3000 today.