Dental Implants FAQs
Why replace missing teeth?
Many men and women only think about the aesthetic issues surrounding missing teeth, but the function that natural teeth provide should never be overlooked. Your teeth are anchored directly into your jaw bone. Every time you bite down you stimulate that bone tissue, which keeps it healthy and strong.
When one or more teeth are missing, your jaw bone can wear away over time. That can weaken the connection with your remaining teeth and cause the shape of your face to change. As you lose teeth, the remaining teeth are placed under excess stress, which can lead to rapid and premature tooth loss.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants provide the most natural solution to missing teeth. They act as an anchor to support crowns, bridges and even dentures. After placement, they integrate with the surrounding jaw bone over weeks to months and you should plan for them to last decades, if not a lifetime.
At WisNova, you have a full range of options. You can choose implants to replace just one tooth, or an entire arch of teeth. They are also widely used to improve the fit and stability of dentures. There are even metal-free implant options if you are sensitive to certain metals or have an objection to metals being placed in the mouth.
What happens during a dental implant procedure?
Generally speaking, the implant placement is a fairly routine procedure. Patients often report that implant placement is easier than having teeth removed. In the most basic cases, implants can be ready to accept a crown after 6-8 weeks of healing. Sometimes, bone grafting may be required prior to, or in conjunction with, the placement of dental implants. This can make the healing period longer, to ensure long term success.
Each case is different, which is why consultation with appropriate X-rays is such an important part of the process. After a thorough evaluation by your WisNova specialists, a personalized treatment plan will be developed for you, maximizing positive results.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
Dental implants are a great solution for missing teeth, but they aren’t the right choice for everyone. During your consultation, your practitioner evaluates your teeth and bone structure to determine if implants are the best way to meet your needs.
If you’ve lost a significant amount of bone tissue, you may need to have bone grafting performed prior to getting implants. If you have advanced gum disease, you will need to go through treatment before moving forward with implants.
If you have questions or concerns, simply call the office or book a consultation online.