Dental Implants in Milwaukee, WI
Dental implants are an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth. The implant offers comfort, stability, and the replacement tooth looks and functions naturally. Best of all, dental implants curb bone loss and can last a lifetime. At our West Allis dental office, Dr. Monteagudo recommends dental implants to replace missing teeth and protect your oral health for the long-term.
The Problem with Missing Teeth
You may not think that just a single missing tooth is a huge problem, but it is. Just one empty space left by a missing tooth allows teeth to shift, creating problems with your dental bite. Additionally, when a tooth is lost and not replaced, the jaw once supporting the tooth lacks a purpose and begins to atrophy, affecting the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The bone tissue resorbs, creating a weakened jaw and limiting options for tooth replacement in the future
Surrounding teeth can start to move into the space left by the missing tooth and ultimately lead to crowding and misalignment. In turn, this movement may make proper oral hygiene difficult, possibly resulting in decay and gum disease. Worst of all, up to 20% of adjacent teeth can be lost in the next 4-8 years.
But a missing tooth doesn’t just impact neighboring teeth. All your teeth are designed to do a specific job. For example, the function of your upper and lower incisors is to cut food with their sharp thin edges. Canines are very strong and stable and used for holding or grasping food, and molars are designed to grind food. When just one tooth is missing, all remaining teeth withstand greater force as they take on the job meant to be performed by the missing tooth.
The Facts About Dental Implants
But the news isn’t all bad. Today, you have more options than ever before to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants are a natural-looking alternative to bridges and dentures that give the jaw a purpose, keep it strong, and allow you to retain healthy bone mass.
The dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. Titanium is the same material that has been used for years in successful joint replacement procedures because it is considered to be biocompatible.
This simply means that the material is easily accepted by your body and will gradually become a part of your jawbone through a process referred to as osseointegration. This creates the most stable and durable tooth replacement available today. As soon as the site has healed, the implant will be restored to full function with a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
Advantages of Replacing Teeth with Implants
While implants may seem like a fairly recent innovation, they have actually been used for several decades with great success and many functional advantages:
Improved Stability: The implant acts as an “anchor” or artificial tooth root
Versatility: With implants, we can replace a single tooth or several missing teeth. They can also be used to support a dental bridge or retain a full or partial denture.
Restoring Function: Dental implants help restore the ability to chew food comfortably
Easy Maintenance: Implants are fixed, meaning you won’t have to remove them for soaking, cleaning, or to apply adhesives
Appearance: An implant restoration can be made from tooth-colored materials, and they will fill out the facial profile, preventing a “sunken” look
Dependability: Since implants are made from medical-grade titanium, implants can serve you well throughout your lifetime with proper dental care.
If you’re suffering from missing teeth, call Dr. Monteagudo’s West Allis dental office today. Our convenient location is easily accessible to patients in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, and Elm Grove.
Dr. Monteagudo’s Guarantee*
Dental implants have maintained a success rate of 95-98% over the years, but if you’re still leery, you can take comfort in our lifetime guarantee. We use the most updated, advanced methods, and, coupled with our guarantee, you can have full confidence in your implant treatment.
*Guarantee guidelines specified at the appointment.