By Dr. James Pechloff
June 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants are the long term tooth replacement option you've been looking for. Dr. James Pechloff, your Wauwatosa dentist, explains how dental implants work.

Implants replace a tooth's rootsDental Implants

Dentures and bridges must be replaced eventually, but dental implants are permanent and with proper care can last a lifetime. Implants actually take the place of the roots of your lost tooth.  Implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that bonds easily to your bone. It takes several months for bonding to occur, but when it does, your new implant is similar in strength to your natural teeth roots.

The crowning touch

After the implant bonds to the bone, your dentist will add a piece called an abutment to it. The abutment connects the implant to a crown. Your crown replaces your tooth above the gum line and looks just like the tooth you lost. Once the crown is in place, you'll be able to eat most things you want with your new tooth. In fact, implants feel so comfortable, you may almost forget that you lost a tooth.

Dental implants preserve the health of surrounding teeth

Although bridges can be very effective in replacing a missing tooth, adding a bridge to your mouth requires reducing the size of the teeth on either side of the gap. Unfortunately, destroying healthy tooth structure can weaken teeth. When you choose an implant, your other teeth will be unaffected.

Implants are versatile

Whether you want to replace one tooth, five teeth or all of them, implants are a good choice. If you've lost all of your teeth, you'll probably only need four to six implants to support an entire upper or lower denture. Implant-supported dentures are available in permanent and removable versions.

Implant care is easy

Caring for an implant only requires a toothbrush and floss. Flossing is a particularly important step because it removes plaque at the gum line. If plaque turns into tartar, it can cause an infection that may threaten the health of your implant. Fortunately, regular brushing and flossing will help prevent this problem.

Restore your smile with dental implants. Call your Wauwatosa dentist, Dr. James Pechloff at (414) 475-5505 to schedule an appointment to learn if implants are a good option for you. Don't let tooth loss ruin your smile!