Dental Implants – Green Bay, WI
Lifelong, Natural-Looking Tooth Replacement
Do you have missing teeth that you want to have replaced? Are you wearing dentures that slip and slide whenever you eat or speak? Being unhappy with your smile can be problematic for your self-esteem. It can also cause problems with your oral health if you are experiencing bone loss due to traditional denture wear. If you’re ready to take back the confidence you’ve lost and restore your oral health, dental implants in Green Bay at Dental Designs by Quandt may be the solution for you. Dr. Quandt can use this restorative method to replace one or more missing teeth or stabilize your dentures. Call and schedule an appointment with our office and achieve a more confident smile today!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered one of the highest, most superior forms of restorative dentistry. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there’s no other solution that can better restore your smile, giving you improved oral health. When considering dental implants, you probably want to know all about their benefits. These include:
- Dental implants look and feel completely natural, making it difficult and almost impossible to notice the difference between your natural and artificial teeth.
- They offer stability to your jawbone; ultimately providing better oral health.
- Dental implants are more secure than dentures or fixed bridges because of the necessity to place the implant into the jawbone.
- You’ll have confidence in your ability to eat, chew, and speak clearly.
- The procedure has an extremely high success rate of 98%.
- You won’t have to alter the foods that you eat because your implant will act like a regular tooth, but it is suggested that you eat a well-balanced diet to ensure optimal oral health.
- Dental implants are a versatile treatment option because they can replace one, multiple or all your teeth.
Indications for Dental Implants
If you think missing more than one tooth disqualifies you from getting dental implants, you’ll be happy to know that’s not the case at all. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or even all your teeth.
Missing Single Tooth
Do you want to stop the process of bone and tooth loss? By replacing one tooth with a dental implant, you can prevent your jawbone from deteriorating, and essentially, prevent additional tooth loss. As the bone deteriorates, your nearby teeth will begin to shift and become loose. An implant will restore the bone and give you a full, complete smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you have multiple teeth missing, a dental implant-retained bridge can give you the stability you need. Placing implants on either side of the gap, the customized dental crowns will be created to fix together so your bridge stays in place. This will restore your ability to speak, eat, and even smile.
Missing All Teeth
If you have been struggling with loose, ill-fitting dentures, Dr. Quandt may be able to help you with implant-supported dentures. Even patients with some jawbone loss may be candidates for implant-supported dentures thanks to 3M mini-implants. Dr. Quandt will strategically place the mini implants for maximum denture support. In addition, with 3M mini implants, Dr. Quandt is often able to use your existing denture to fit over the implants to create a more comfortable fit. If the jawbone is strong enough, conventional implants, not to be confused with mini implants, can help create additional stability. Many different arrangements for support are available for dentures with conventional implants. Dr. Quandt can let you know exactly what you need to get the fit you deserve.
Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment
Because dental implants require surgery, many dentists have to send their patients to an additional practice for the procedure. However, Dr. Quandt has the training and experience to place and restore dental implants all under one roof. This leads to consistent and quality care that is also convenient for our patients. Many patients find that this not only makes the procedure easier, but it makes them feel more comfortable when receiving implants from a dentist who they trust.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
There are many factors that can determine the cost of your dental implant placement. Some of these include:
- The health of your jawbone and whether you need additional oral surgery to provide extra support (bone graft or sinus lift)
- The number of implants you need placed
- Anesthesia and sedation
- Where your missing teeth are located
Once you sit down with Dr. Quandt for a consultation, he will examine your mouth and provide a clear estimate for your dental implant procedure. Remember, your oral health is priceless, so while the cost of dental implants in Green Bay may be more expensive, the process is worth the overall investment. Plus, our office will be happy to discuss financing options to make this restorative treatment affordable for you.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
In order to create an ever-lasting bond, dental implants are placed directly into the jaw and given time to integrate with existing bone tissue. This process is known as osseointegration and it’s precisely why having sufficient bone tissue inside your jaw is so important to the success of your tooth replacement. To place the implant, we create a small incision inside of your gum tissue and place the implant directly into your jaw. Then, we close the tissue and give it about four to six months to heal. Once this process is complete, we can place an abutment on top, which connects the permanent restoration and the implant together. After a few weeks, the gum tissue will have healed around the implant and your replacement root is ready for its crown, bridge or denture.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you have healthy gum tissue, sufficient bone volume inside of your jaw, and good oral health overall, you’ll likely be a great candidate for dental implants. However, if you do not have healthy gum tissue, that means you’ll need to have periodontal therapy performed before your dental implant treatment can begin. The same is true for bone tissue, which can be expanded via a bone graft procedure. With these points in mind, it’s important to acknowledge that while most people are eligible for dental implants, you’ll need to complete a consultation first. This helps Dr. Quandt determine exactly what your needs are, including the number of teeth you need to replace and the locations in which they are placed.
Consequences of Waiting to Get Dental Implants
It’s important to keep in mind that waiting to get your dental implants placed will only allow the current problems you’re experiencing to get worse. Over time, bone tissue inside of the jaw begins to shrink the longer it goes unused and unstimulated. This process, known as atrophy, causes the jawbone to weaken, making it extremely difficult to chew certain foods. Not only that, but the overall shape of your face will begin to change as your jawbone continues to break down. As time passes, the chance that you’ll need to have preparatory treatments completed to receive dental implants only goes up.
How to Get Started
Does dental implant treatment sound like the right procedure for you? The best way you can get started is by giving our office a call and scheduling your very first consultation. During your visit, Dr. Quandt will carefully examine your mouth and its oral structures. This appointment will also involve digital X-rays and the use of an advanced 3D cone beam scanner, which is crucial to treatment planning. Don’t hesitate to give our office a call today to set up the first step of your tooth replacement journey!
Dental Implant FAQs
Thinking of filling the gaps in your smile with dental implants in Green Bay? Before you begin this truly revolutionary treatment, Dr. Quandt wants you to have all the information you need in order to make a confident, well-informed decision regarding your oral health. That’s why our team has compiled this list of frequently asked questions about dental implants that we get a lot at our practice. If you still have questions after reading through this section, feel free to give us a call. Our team will be more than happy to help!
Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?
Before starting the dental implant procedure, Dr. Quandt will use a local anesthetic to make sure your mouth is fully numb. We also offer multiple sedation options to soothe your worries and help you relax. You shouldn’t feel discomfort during the procedure. In fact, many patients are surprised at just how painless their experience was!
It’s worth mentioning, though, that getting dental implants placed requires undergoing oral surgery. Because of this, you’ll very likely experience some degree of tenderness and/or swelling in the area. This should only last a few days at most. During this time, we recommend that you avoid strenuous physical activity so that your mouth can heal more quickly. We may prescribe pain medication, but most patients find that over-the-counter options like ibuprofen are more than enough.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have a success rate of more than 95 percent, even after more than a decade. Their incredible chance of success is due to the sturdy bond they forge with your jawbone. Essentially, the titanium posts become a part of your own anatomy, so much so that they’ll feel just like your natural pearly whites.
Of course, you’ll have to maintain good oral health in order for your implants to succeed. Brush and floss your restoration just like you would your natural teeth, avoid tobacco, eat a healthy diet, and be sure to regularly visit your implant dentist in Green Bay for a checkup.
How Long Does It Take to Get Dental Implants?
The answer to this question varies from patient to patient, but you can usually expect the process to take six months to a year. It usually takes at least three months for the implants to fuse with your jawbone, and another several weeks after that to heal from receiving your abutments. Getting a bone graft before implant placement can also add time to the process. We can give you a more personalized timeline at your consultation.
Will My Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?
This depends on your individual plan. Initially, many dental insurance companies didn’t cover implants because they viewed them as purely cosmetic. Nowadays, though, more and more insurance companies are realizing the health benefits of dental implants and starting to provide coverage. Ultimately, you’ll have to contact a representative from your insurance network in order to find out if you’re eligible. A member of our team would be more than happy to do this on your behalf.