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Dental Implants – Milwaukee, WI

Your Best Solution for Tooth Replacement

When a tooth is lost, you don’t just lose the visible part in your smile, but also the underlying tooth root, which is responsible for supporting your jawbone. This is why we often recommend dental implants for our Milwaukee, WI patients, as they are the only option that replaces your tooth’s missing crown and root. Once placed, you can expect optimal function and the best esthetics available in dentistry to date. To schedule your very first consultation, give Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry a call!

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What is a Dental Implant?

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Dental implants are made up of three parts, but a titanium post that acts as the new tooth root is technically the only portion of the overall replacement that is considered the “implant.” The other components include the restoration that fills the gap in your smile and the abutment that connects it to the implant. The implant is typically made with titanium because of its strength and biocompatible properties, meaning that it can effectively integrate with your mouth’s tissues to create a strong and stable hold.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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The most notable benefits of dental implants are their durability and longevity. On average, dental implants are designed to last between 30 years and a lifetime, making them more reliable than bridges and dentures. Additionally, dental implants restore your biting force and keep your jawbone strong moving forward. This helps you eat the foods you want and maintain the overall shape of your face. If you want the most comprehensive solution for replacing teeth, dental implants are by far the best option.

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Are Dental Implants Right For You?

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Dental implants are ideal for many patients, including those who have had missing teeth for a long time. It’s also perfect for those who are tired of using a denture that no longer fits properly. Below, you’ll find that dental implants can effectively replace single, multiple, or all teeth in a given arch with relative ease. As long as you have good oral and overall health and enough jawbone tissue, you should be a viable candidate to receive dental implants.

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Missing One Tooth

Replacing a single tooth only requires one implant topped with a porcelain crown. We use porcelain for dental implant crowns because it offers long-term durability while still providing optimal esthetics. This is a more conservative alternative to getting a traditional bridge, which requires the removal of nearby tooth enamel to place.

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Missing Several Teeth

To replace multiple teeth at a time, we can attach a bridge to a pair of implants. This bridge is specifically customized to fit with dental implants and requires no removal of existing tooth enamel. Overall, dental implants are strong enough to hold the restoration and last for several decades.

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Missing All Teeth

If you need to replace all of your upper or lower teeth, we can place a series of dental implants throughout your jaw so it can hold an implant-retained denture. Implant dentures are smaller, stronger, and fit more comfortably compared to traditional removable prosthetics.

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Start-to-Finish Convenience

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Many dental offices offer dental implants, but they ask patients to go to a specialist just to have the surgical portion of the treatment performed. Instead of traveling between dental offices and speaking to multiple doctors, you can get your dental implants placed and restored entirely at Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry. This makes the process much more convenient and stress-free from start to finish.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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The total cost of your dental implant treatment will largely depend on your specific needs. When replacing teeth, we have to consider the number and type of missing teeth, the location of the teeth, the volume of your jawbone tissue, and whether or not preparatory treatments are needed beforehand. Regardless, you can expect your dental implants to be more cost-effective than other methods because of their longevity and functionality.

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How Dental Implants Work

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The dental implant process can vary slightly from patient to patient. It begins with a consultation, wherein we map out your unique treatment plan. Later, you undergo a minimally invasive surgery, wherein we place the dental implants into your jawbone. After your mouth has had sufficient time to heal, we’ll design a custom crown, bridge, or denture to go on top of your dental implants. The entire process may take several months from beginning to end, but it is a worthwhile journey!

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Dental Implant Aftercare

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The primary reason that dental implants are vastly superior to other tooth replacement methods is their ability to last for decades or even a lifetime. However, this can only happen if you take proper care of your new teeth. Luckily, doing so is pretty straightforward. Brush and floss around your implant restoration as you would your natural teeth, wear a mouthguard during physical activity, and visit us for dental checkups on a regular basis. 

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Dental Implants FAQs

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As you can see, dental implants offer countless benefits compared with other methods of replacing lost teeth. However, because they can be quite the investment, it’s important that you’re armed with all the knowledge you can acquire before going through with the procedure. That’s why we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions about dental implants below. If you still have a question about implants, feel free to give us a call and ask away!

Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?

The amount of jawbone density a patient has is a critical factor in determining whether their dental implants will be successful. If your jawbone is not thick enough to accommodate implants, then you’re significantly more likely to experience implant failure, meaning your implant placement procedure was all for nothing. Unfortunately, jawbone deterioration is common after you’ve lost even one tooth.

The good news is that even if you have a weak jawbone, you can still be a candidate for dental implants. You may just have to undergo a bone graft first. With this procedure, we graft artificial bone material onto your jawbone and let it fuse with your natural bone over the next few months. It may add some time to your overall implant journey, but it’s worth it to create a sturdy foundation for your new smile.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Many of our patients go into the procedure expecting it to hurt, but are pleasantly surprised when they only experience minimal discomfort. Our team uses a local anesthetic to numb your mouth before placing implants. If you’ve had a tooth extracted, you can expect around that same level of comfort.

Because getting implants involves a type of oral surgery, you’ll likely feel some soreness and swelling for a few days afterward. As long as you take prescribed pain medication as directed, you should recover just fine.

Can I Return to Work After Getting Implants Placed?

It depends on how complex your surgery is. After relatively small cases, such as receiving a single implant, some of our patients feel well enough to resume their days as normal after their procedure. However, in more complex cases involving multiple implants being placed at once, we typically recommend taking the next two to three days to rest. We can discuss an approximate recovery timeline at your consultation.

I Currently Smoke. Can I Still Get Dental Implants?

Yes, but not without certain risks. Whether you smoke it or chew it, using tobacco slows down the oral healing process, which is crucial to long-term dental implant success. Additionally, tobacco hinders your body’s ability to fight off infections, which may compromise your implants down the road.

In general, we suggest refraining from smoking or chewing tobacco for at least two weeks prior to getting your implants placed, and for several months afterwards so that you don’t disrupt healing. In fact, if you’ve been looking for a reason to quit smoking, getting dental implants would be it. If you need help kicking the habit, our dentists have plenty of resources that can help you.

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