Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. With proper care, they can last a lifetime, potentially making them one of your most cost-effective options. A consultation with Dr. Skutak will help determine whether dental implants are right for you, and our skilled team can help guide you through the entire process.
After your initial consultation with Dr. Skutak, an oral surgeon will place an implant into the bone at the region where the tooth is missing. Your mouth is then given time to heal. After healing, the crown is designed and fabricated. Once fully healed, the implant acts as a tooth root for your new crown. It is attached to the implant via the abutment, giving you a comfortable, natural-looking and permanent restoration.
Although they can have a larger upfront cost, dental implants are one of the most cost-effective long-term treatments for missing teeth. Their permanence ensures a lifetime of smiles that require the same type of maintenance as your natural teeth. Just brush and floss as normal and make sure you are going to your regular checkups and cleanings.
How Dental Implants
Prevent Bone Resorption
One of the biggest benefits of dental implants compared to alternative treatments like partial dentures or dental bridges is that only dental implants can prevent bone resorption and keep your jaw strong.
Bone resorption usually starts to occur as soon as you lose a tooth. Daily activities like chewing, smiling and biting transmit pressure and force into the jaw bone through the root of your tooth. However, when your tooth has been lost, this pressure is no longer applied to the jaw bone. In response, it begins to deteriorate. Usually, you’ll lose as much as 25% of bone mass within a year of losing your tooth.
However, dental implants prevent this. This is because they bond permanently with your jaw and function as an artificial root. Once your implant has been completed with an implant-supported restoration, such as a dental crown, it will transmit pressure and force into your jaw, just like a natural tooth. In turn, this prevents bone resorption.
Why Is It Important
To Prevent Bone Resorption?
If your bone continues to deteriorate over time, you may not be able to have a dental implant placed, because your jaw bone will be too weak to support the implant. Bone resorption can also have aesthetic effects and change the shape of your face, particularly if you are missing multiple adjacent teeth.
Understanding The Process
Osseointegration is the process responsible for allowing implants to function as artificial “roots” and prevent bone loss. During this process, your dental implant will bond permanently with the surrounding jaw bone after it has been placed. Dental implants are made out of titanium, which has the unique ability to integrate with bone permanently.
As soon as your implant is placed by Dr. Skutak, the process of osseointegration will begin. While you may feel like you have completely recovered just 1-2 weeks after your implant has been placed, osseointegration is a much more gradual process and typically takes about 3-6 months. Once the process of osseointegration is complete, the implant is, for all intents and purposes, a natural part of your jaw. It will not shift or move, and with proper care and oral hygiene, it will last for 30+ years.
Who Is A Good Candidate
For Dental Implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth, has a healthy mouth, and a strong jaw bone is a good candidate for dental implants. In some cases, even patients who have lost some of their jaw bone due to tooth loss can still receive implants after preparatory treatment like bone grafts and sinus lifts. These treatments can strengthen your jaw to support the placement of an implant. To find out more and see if you’re a good candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Skutak today!
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Dr. Skutak and the team at Skutak Dental love helping patients get their smiles back. Give us a call at (715) 355-4433 to see if dental implants are right for you. And you can always stop by at 700 Eagle Nest Boulevard, Suite E, Rothschild, WI 54474 to get the process started.