Posts for tag: Dental Implants

By James Pechloff, DDS
September 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants   Dentures  

If you’ve had the misfortune of losing all or most of your teeth (a condition called edentulism), you still have effective options for restoring lost form and function to your mouth. There is, of course, the traditional removable denture that’s been the mainstay for edentulism treatment for decades. If you haven’t experienced significant bone loss in the jaw, though, a fixed bridge supported by titanium implants could be a better choice.

But what if bone loss has ruled out an implant-supported fixed bridge? There’s still another option besides traditional dentures — a removable “overdenture” that fits “over” smaller diameter implants strategically placed in the jaw to support it.

A removable, implant-supported bridge offers a number of advantages for edentulism patients with significant bone loss.

Speech Enhancement. Any denture or bridge supported by implants will have a positive impact on speech ability, especially involving the upper jaw. But patients who’ve previously worn removable dentures may not see a dramatic difference but will still be able to benefit from the greater stability of the denture, particularly if the dentures were previously unstable.

Hygiene. A removable denture allows better access to implant sites for cleaning. Better hygiene reduces the risk of gum disease and further bone loss.

Long-Term Maintenance. Regardless of which type of implant supported restoration is used, it will eventually require some maintenance. A well-designed removable overdenture can make any future maintenance easier to perform.

Aesthetics. For personal satisfaction, this is often the ultimate test — how will I look? As a product of the evolving art of facial aesthetics, removable dentures supported by implants can replace lost tissues and restore balance to the face, and often produce a remarkable smile “makeover.”

To find out which restoration option is best for you, you should first undergo a thorough examination to determine the status of your facial and jaw structures, particularly the amount of bone mass still present. Ultimately, though, the decision should be the one that best fits your functional needs, while fulfilling your desires for your future smile.

If you would like more information on tooth restoration options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Fixed vs. Removable: Choosing Between a Removable Bridge and a Fixed Bridge.”

By James Pechloff, DDS
July 10, 2018
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental ImplantsThough dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for many years, more patients are learning that dental implants are a better solution. That’s because they help preserve bone tissue and give you a permanent replacement that is as stable as a natural tooth. If you may be a candidate for dental implants, learn more about their benefits and schedule a consultation with Dr. James Pechloff at his Wauwatosa, WI, dentist office.

Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
When faced with tooth loss, many patients assume that their only recourse is to wear a partial denture or to get a bridge. But the more secure and permanent solution is a dental implant. A small titanium device is inserted into healthy bone tissue, where it will heal over a period of months. The device replaces the root of a natural tooth and can be fitted with an attractive porcelain dental crown.

Benefits of Implants
If you have any reservations about wearing a removable denture device, then you should talk to your Wauwatosa dentist about dental implants. An implanted tooth does not need to be taken out of your mouth each night—you can simply brush and floss around the base of the crown. If you take good care of your oral health after the procedure, the implant could stay in your mouth for decades. Because modern crowns look so natural, it’s virtually impossible for anyone except your dentist to know that you have a dental implant.

Keep Your Implant Healthy
You may wonder what you can do to ensure the long-term health of your dental implant. Poor dental hygiene is one of the top reasons for tooth loss, so immaculate dental care is crucial. Brush thoroughly twice a day for at least two minutes per instance. Plaque and calculus can form around a crown just like any other tooth, so floss every night. Having a healthier diet can also help keep your newly implanted tooth healthy.

Tooth Loss Is Not Final
Losing a tooth to an infection or injury doesn’t have to be the end of your beautiful smile. You can have it restored with dental implants. Call (414) 475-5505 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pechloff at his office in Wauwatosa, WI.

By James Pechloff, DDS
January 30, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Dental implants are widely considered the most durable tooth replacement option, thanks in part to how they attach to the jaw. But durable doesn't mean indestructible — you must take care of them.

Implants have a unique relationship to the jawbone compared to other restorations. We imbed a slender titanium post into the bone as a substitute for a natural tooth root. Because bone has a special affinity with the metal, it grows to and adheres to the implant to create a secure anchor. This unique attachment gives implants quite an advantage over other restorations.

It isn't superior, however, to the natural attachment of real teeth, especially in one respect: it can't match a natural attachment's infection-fighting ability. A connective tissue attachment made up of collagen fibers are attached to the tooth root protecting the underlying bone. An elastic gum tissue called the periodontal ligament lies between the tooth root and the bone and attaches to both with tiny collagen fibers. These attachments create a network of blood vessels that supply nutrients and infection-fighting agents to the bone and surrounding gum tissue.

Implants don't have this connective tissue or ligament attachment or its benefits. Of course, the implants are made of inorganic material that can't be damaged by bacterial infection. However, the gums and bone that surround them are: and because these natural tissues don't have these same biologic barriers to infection and perhaps access to the same degree of antibodies as those around natural teeth, an infection known as peri-implantitis specific to implants can develop and progress.

It's therefore just as important for you to continue brushing and flossing to remove bacterial plaque that causes infection to protect the gums and bone around your implants. You should also keep up regular office cleanings and checkups. In fact, we take special care with implants when cleaning them by using instruments that won't scratch their highly polished surfaces. Such a scratch, even a microscopic one, could attract and harbor bacteria.

There's no doubt dental implants are an excellent long-term solution for restoring your smile and mouth function. You can help extend that longevity by caring for them just as if they're your natural teeth.

If you would like more information on caring for dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Maintenance.”

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!

By James F. Pechloff, DDS
April 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Discover how this tooth loss replacement could give you back the smile you lost.

Dental implants are long-term solutions to replacing one, several or all of your missing teeth. A dental implant looks just like a small Dental Implants metal post or screw, which your Wauwatosa dentist will gently place into the jawbone of the socket where your missing tooth once was. There are three actual parts required to fully replace a missing tooth: the implant itself, an abutment (which serves as a connector) and a dental crown. The abutment is used to connect the implant, which is under the gums to the dental crown, which sits above the gums.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants boast countless benefits that other tooth replacement options don’t. The list is almost endless:

  • They are designed to both look and act just like a natural tooth
  • They are built to last a lifetime with the proper care
  • They fully restore speaking and chewing
  • Experience renewed self-confidence and improved aesthetics
  • Preserve your facial structure
  • Prevent other teeth from shifting out of place
  • Prevent jawbone loss and promote the growth of new bone cells

Getting dental implants is one of the healthiest options for your toothless smile. Furthermore, dental implants can replace a single tooth or they can support a bridge or dentures to replace a full set of missing teeth.

Dental Implants Candidates

Since dental implants offer some wonderful long-term benefits for our patients, we want everyone to be able to get this treatment; however, not everyone is an ideal candidate. Patients who opt for dental implants must be in good overall health and not have any untreated gum disease or cavities. Furthermore, they must be non-smokers, and cannot have a compromised immune system.

If you want to find out whether dental implants are right for your smile, contact your Wauwatosa dentist, Dr. James Pechloff, DDS to schedule a consultation. Don’t just put up with tooth loss. Fix it for good!