Implant Materials and Placement
Dental implants have forever changed the way we replace missing teeth. At Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry, we offer several implant-related treatments designed to restore the function and aesthetics of your smile. As implant specialists, we provide a supreme level of care that helps many patients experience the wonderful benefits of this revolutionary restoration. If you have experienced tooth loss, you too could benefit from our implant treatment.
The Three Parts of an Implant-Supported Restoration
Most implant-supported restorations consist of three major components:
||The Implant Screw: A titanium post that serves as the root component of your prosthesis. The implant screw fuses to the jawbone, forming a bond capable of supporting your prosthesis against the immense pressures of your bite.
||The Abutment: A support structure, usually made from titanium or porcelain, which links the top of the implant screw to your prosthesis.
||The Prosthesis: A single implant is used to support a dental crown. Multiple implants can be used to support a fixed bridge or even a full-arch appliance. The number of implants you receive depends on the number of missing teeth and type of restoration.
Determining If Implants Are Right for You
During your initial consultation, we will perform a series of tests to ensure that implant treatment is right for you. Most people healthy enough to undergo minor oral surgery should qualify for implant treatment. We usually need to address active gum disease or tooth decay before we move forward with your procedure.
We may also use digital x-rays or 3-D imaging technology to determine that you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. The success of your implant is generally dictated by the quality and quantity of your underlying bone. If your jawbone is too thin or too soft, we may recommend a preliminary bone graft to help you qualify for implant treatment.
The implant procedure is typically broken up into two minor surgeries and several appointments. During your first surgery, Dr. David Wanserski, DDS, MS will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose your underlying bone. Next, we will make a small hole in the bone and embed the implant.
Once the implant is in place, your first surgery is complete. Over the next several months, your implant will fuse to the bone during a process known as osseointegration. In most cases, we cannot place the abutment until the implant has properly fused to the bone.
During your second surgery, we will place the abutment. In some cases, it may be possible to place the abutment at the same time as your implant, eliminating the need for a second surgery. After the implant is in place, and the gum tissue has healed, we will take an impression of the area.
Your impression allows us to create a 3-D model of your teeth and gums. This model will be sent to our dental laboratory, where our technician will use it to fabricate your final restoration. The fabrication process can take several weeks to complete. In the meantime, we may give you a temporary restoration to protect the implant site and improve your chewing abilities.
Most final restorations are crafted using porcelain or zirconia, two materials that provide durable and esthetically-pleasing results. This allows your implant-supported restoration to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Schedule a Consultation Appointment
If you are missing one or more teeth, take action today! Waiting to replace a missing tooth can cause several severe complications. Call (715) 848-2435 to schedule a consultation appointment along with your next dental cleanings and dental exams.