Dental implants are a landmark in the field of restorative dentistry that can provide a lifetime of support for crowns, bridges, and dentures. Whether you are missing a single tooth or an entire dental arch, we can use dental implants to restore the health, function, and aesthetics of your smile. Dental implants are small titanium or zirconia posts that are surgically placed in the jaw to replace missing tooth roots. Once healed in place, Dr. Mike Murphy can attach a permanent restoration that will not slip out of place as you chew, speak, and smile. We can review your candidacy for dental implants during a personal consultation at our Phillips, WI, practice. Contact our office to schedule an appointment today.
The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth
Traditional restorations are secured by clasps or adhesives, or attached to surrounding teeth, but remain prone to slipping out of place. Patients seeking the best restorative treatment for missing teeth should consider the superior functional, aesthetic, and oral health benefits of dental implants.
Missing teeth not only detract from the appearance of a smile, but also have a negative effect on a patient's oral health. After experiencing tooth loss, the surrounding area of the jawbone will begin to atrophy, or shrink. By embedding implants directly in the jaw, they will fuse with the bone through a process called osseogintegration. Once integrated, the body perceives implants as tooth roots, halting bone atrophy. Outstanding support and preservation of bone tissue make implants one of the wisest investments you can make in a compromised smile.
Evaluating Your Candidacy
In order to qualify for dental implants, you should be in good overall health. Additionally, patients will need to have sufficient amount of jawbone tissue to support the implants. Patients who have experienced advanced bone atrophy may require bone grafting to replace lost tissue and restore a viable foundation for implants. We can use our advanced 3D cone beam scanner to evaluate your jaw during your consultation.
Placing Dental Implants
Traditional implant placement requires two surgeries. During the first, Dr. Murphy will make a small incision in the gums to access your jaw bone. He will then create pilot holes in the bone tissue, insert the threaded implant posts, and suture the gums closed. The posts will fuse to the jaw bone over the course of four to six months.
When fusion is complete, you will return to our office for a second surgery. Once again, an incision is placed in the gums, exposing the implants. Dr. Murphy will attach abutments to the implants, which will connect them to your permanent crown, bridge, or denture. Finally, the gums are sutured closed, leaving the abutments exposed above the gumline. When the gums have healed, we can begin creating your permanent restorations.
In some cases, we can provide special implants that can be placed and restored in a single procedure. We will fully evaluate your smile to determine which approach is best for you.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Murphy specializes in using dental implants to restore the form and function of a damaged smile. To learn more about dental implants, contact Northwoods Dentistry, S.C. today.