Dental Implants in Madison, WI
Before the development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth for any of our Madison, WI patients.
What are dental implants?
An implant is a dental prosthetic. Just like a real tooth, it has a root and crown and helps retain the natural size and density of the patient's gum tissue and jaw bone. The root resembles a screw and is made from titanium, a naturally-occurring metal that encourages bonding with human bone. The bonding process is called osseointegration, and this process makes dental implants second to none in terms of longevity and function.
The dental implant holds an extension piece called an abutment and also a beautiful porcelain crown. Versatile and lifelike, dental implants can support partial or full dentures that are either removable or permanently placed.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
Not everyone in Madison is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Dental implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
Dental Implant Surgery
After determining that a patient has good oral and overall health and also sufficient bone to accept an implant, Drs. Warren and Wessell perform a simple in-office surgery to secure the device. Usually using just local anesthesia to numb the area, our Madison dentists incise the gums and drills a small hole into the jaw bone at the implant site.
They screw the device in place, making it flush with the bone. They then suture the area closed and send the patient home for a period of healing. Usually, dental implant surgery has a second stage--placement of the abutment and crown. However, sometimes the dentist places the abutment right along with the implant device. We can determine the kind of surgery necessary based on patient need.
Additionally, some patients require bone grafting treatment before implant placement. Use of donor bone or bone paste ensures the strength and size of the area before dental implant surgery.
The Academy of Osseointegration, made up of experts on how human bone melds with titanium implants, says that more than 90 percent of dental implant surgeries are successful. Furthermore, more than 90 percent of dental implants stay in place for decades with proper care. Contrast this with traditional dentures or bridgework which have typical lifespans of about 10 years.
Or are you already missing one or more teeth? It's not too late to get a dental implant surgery consultation at Warren Family Dental in Madison, WI. Older teens through adults in their senior years enjoy the benefits of strong, natural-looking teeth with dental implants. Contact the office staff today to set-up a personal consultation with Drs. Warren and Wessell.
For more information on Dental Implants in the Madison, WI area call Warren Family Dental at (608) 241-7999 today!