Dental implants are an integral component to our practice of dentistry, as they most closely copy the look and function of teeth. A dental implant replaces the root of a tooth, the part that is embedded in the jaw, allowing for tooth replacement to be secure and permanent. You can eat, brush, floss and talk as normal. Historically, the challenges with implants have been the use of of titanium. But in the last 15 years, metal-free implants have been a viable alternative, giving people more options for a natural tooth replacement. All implants placed at Bionica Dental Wellness of Delafield are made of zirconia, a metal-free (bioceramic) material that has been proven to be high strength and friendly to the bone and gum. The results are a tooth replacement that is durable, long-lasting, esthetic, and healthy for the whole body.
In order to be a qualified candidate for dental implants, a patient needs 3 basic things: good dental health, stable overall health, and enough strong jawbone to support the new roots. Once these requirements have been met, Dr. Holinbeck can use one of the following methods to restore your smile:
Instead of reshaping the teeth on either side of a gap to support a bridge, a single dental implant-supported crown can be placed between them to close the space. This approach helps preserve more tooth structure, which is better for overall health.
Dental implant crowns can be placed throughout the mouth as needed, but for patients with consecutive missing teeth, just 2 implants can support up to 4 new teeth, making this a more cost-effective solution that still delivers fantastic results.
Dentures are a good solution to replace a full set of teeth, but often times, they are loose, irritate the gum tissues, and limit the types of food you can enjoy. If you’re looking for better functionality, implants can be used to anchor a full-mouth replacement of teeth and will allow you to chew better and be more confident whiles smiling and talking.
Once you and Dr. Holinbeck agree that dental implants are the best option to replace your missing teeth, the procedure will involve the following steps:
Dental implants are a costly method of treatment; however, when considering their longevity, functionality, and stability, they are much more cost-effective than other tooth replacement solutions. If you’re considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth, it’s important that you have all the necessary information, including the cost, so you can make a confident and more comfortable decision about your dental care.
Knowing how to properly care for your dental implants after they are put into place is crucial to ensuring a happier, healthier smile for a lifetime. Not only will you be required to improve your oral hygiene routine and better protect your new teeth from injury, but you will also need to make sure you’re seeing Dr. Holinbeck regularly for checkups and cleanings. By following these steps, you can plan to enjoy your new and improved smile for decades or longer.
There is no better solution to replace your missing teeth than with dental implants. Not only do they provide a greater aesthetic, but they also ensure longevity, greater functionality, and improved stability. Even with all this insight and knowledge, it’s understandable that you might have additional questions about treatment. This is why Dr. Holinbeck has provided answers to some of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants. After reviewing, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for any other questions or concerns you might have.
The most common difference between a ceramic and titanium implant is its structure. Titanium implants have three parts: the post, metal abutment, and custom restoration. Ceramic implants are one piece. They can be made to replicate the look of a natural tooth just like a traditional dental implant but what makes them all the more popular and pleasing among patients is the promise of no possible metal showing through the gums.
By incorporating Platelet Rich Fibrin Therapy (PRF) into your dental implant procedure, you can expect to have a quicker, more effective healing process. It’s not a secret that implant placement requires spending several months recovering at home before a finalized restoration is placed. However, once Dr. Holinbeck places PRF onto your surgical sites before sending you home, the PRF will use the growth factors of your blood to encourage faster healing, the formation of new tissue, and protect against infection.
The 3D Cone Beam Imaging system is a high-tech piece of equipment that emits low radiation and quickly scans a patient’s teeth and jaw. Producing a high-resolution, 3D x-ray image, Dr. Holinbeck can examine the sensitive nerves located within the mouth and use it to formulate a thorough treatment plan for patients moving forward with dental implant placement.
By using these images, she can personalize your procedure to ensure there is minimal invasiveness and greater accuracy during the placement portion of the surgery.
In order to properly care for and maintain your implants, all you need to do is continue practicing good oral hygiene habits at home and keeping your regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings with Dr. Holinbeck. There are no special tools or products required, only a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash to ensure your new smile is clean and healthy.
Unfortunately, yes, dental implants can fail; however, it is extremely rare that this will happen. Dental implant placement has a high success rate of placement (95-98%), so if failure does occur, it is likely due to one of the following reasons: