Janesville Dental Implants
A complete smile is a healthy smile
When you’re missing teeth, and need to fill in the gaps, trust the Janesville experts. The team at Dreier Family Dental knows how important it is to your health, wellbeing and lifestyle to have a full and functional smile. If you’re in need of a dental implant, make an appointment for a consultation today.
Why get a Dental Implant?
If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, you may feel uncomfortable showing off your pearly whites. Improve your oral health and boost your confidence with dental implants. Using the latest technology, experts like Dr. Dreier find it easier than ever to place implants. And with proper care, your new teeth can last a lifetime. All you have to do to start the process is make an appointment at Dreier Family Dental. Let’s see if dental implants are the right solution for you!
What’s the Process for Placing a Dental Implant?
A titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone, and then the jaw is given time to heal. During this healing process, the post will fuse to the bone and mimic a tooth root. This is why dental implants are described as a permanent solution to missing teeth. The solid security of the implant means no replacements will be required.
After healing, an abutment is attached to the post, and then a crown is placed to perfectly match your existing teeth. Your new tooth will fit in seamlessly with your original smile, and provide decades of beauty and functionality.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
To begin the process of placing your dental implants, you’ll come to Dreier Family Dental for a consultation with Dr. Brandon Dreier. Dr. Dreier will perform a comprehensive oral exam complete with x-rays and CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) imaging to get a 3D view into your mouth, and determine if dental implants are right for you.
If your mouth is healthy enough for dental implants, Dr. Brandon Dreier will approve you for treatment, and he will begin designing your treatment plan and preparing for your dental implant placement surgery, which will take place at a separate appointment in a few weeks.
Your Dental Implant Placement Surgery
The next step in the dental implant placement process is your surgery. You will come into Dreier Family Dentistry to have your implant permanently placed into your gum and jaw tissue. To begin, Dr. Dreier will clean and numb the area. You can also choose to be sedated during this process for your comfort.
Next, Dr. Dreier will create an incision in the gums and jaw bone using special dental tools, based on the treatment plan he developed using your X-rays and 3D CBCT scans. Using this plan as a guide, Dr. Dreier will place a titanium implant directly into the opening.
Once the implant has been placed and is properly seated in your jaw bone, the area will be cleaned and your gums will be stitched shut to ensure they heal properly. Then, you’ll be sent home with a set of recovery instructions, which you’ll follow as you recover from surgery.
Healing & Recovery After Implant Placement
You will need to follow the instructions provided to you by Dr. Dreier to make sure your mouth heals properly. It will take about 1-2 weeks to heal from your initial appointment, and after this, your mouth will feel normal.
However, it takes about 3-6 months for the titanium implant to permanently bond with your jaw bone. Throughout this healing and recovery period, you will come to Dreier Family Dental for a few follow-up appointments.
During these appointments, Dr. Dreier will make sure your mouth is healing properly, and he will also take images and impressions of your mouth and your implant, which will be used to build your final implant restoration, such as a dental crown.
Final Implant Restoration
In some cases, you may need to come to Dreier Family Dental a couple of weeks before your final implant restoration to have an “abutment” placed. This is an attachment that connects your implant to the final restoration. This appointment is only necessary if the abutment was not attached during the initial implant placement process.
After your mouth has fully healed and your final implant restoration has been built and sent to our office, you will come to Dreier Family Dental for one last appointment.
Dr. Dreier will perform a final check or your crown to make sure that it will fit perfectly onto your implant. Then, your restoration will be permanently attached to your dental implant, completing the procedure. You’ll be sent home to enjoy your brand new smile.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Aside from its longevity, durability and likeness to original teeth, dental implants serve a structural purpose. When missing teeth go untreated, your mouth will try to close the gaps. This shifting causes the jaw to deteriorate, leading to functionality and aesthetic issues. Since the post of the dental implant acts as the root of your new tooth, it keeps the jaw intact and fully functional.
Enjoy a beautiful smile, eat what you like, and never feel embarrassed about a missing tooth again. Call us today to see if dental implants are right for you!
What Are the Different Types of Dental Implants?
There are two primary types of dental implants in use today.
- Endosteal implants – This is the most common type of dental implant. Endosteal implants are typically screw-shaped and are made of titanium. They are surgically implanted into the jaw bone and gums to support a dental restoration. To have an endosteal implant placed, you must have a relatively strong jaw or undergo a procedure such as a sinus lift or gum graft to strengthen your jaw.
- Subperiosteal implants – Subperiosteal implants consist of a metal framework which sits below the gums, over the jaw bone. Multiple posts protrude through the gums, allowing dental restorations to be attached. These are rarely used today, as they are more invasive and have more complications compared to endosteal implants.
“Mini implants” are also sometimes used. These implants are a special type of endosteal implant. They are smaller, so the placement procedure is not as invasive, and the implants can have a temporary bridge or denture attached right away to restore your smile.
Understanding the Dental Implant Placement & Restoration Process
The process of placing a dental implant and restoring your tooth will take multiple appointments over a 3-6 month period. Before your implant can be placed, you will come in for x-rays and imaging of your jaw and mouth, so that we can create an implant placement plan.
During your first appointment, your implant will be placed. One of our dentists will numb your mouth. You can also be sedated if you wish. A small opening will be made in your gums and jaw, and the implant will be placed. Then, the area will be cleaned and sutured shut.
You’ll wait to recover from the implant placement before continuing with the restoration. Initial healing takes about a week, but it takes 3-6 months for the implant to fully bond with your jaw. During this time, you’ll come back to Dreier Family Dental for follow-up treatments, where we will check on your recovery and begin developing your implant-supported restoration, such as a dental crown.
Once your mouth has healed completely, you will come in for a final appointment, and your implant-supported restoration will be bonded to your dental implant permanently. This completes the procedure.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
So, why choose dental implants instead of alternative restorative treatments like fixed dental bridges or dentures?
- Supports jaw health – Unlike any other type of dental restoration, dental implants transmit the force of biting and chewing into your gums and jaw. This, in turn, prevents bone loss and resorption, which is a common issue among those who suffer from tooth loss.
- Looks and feels completely natural – Your dental implants are permanently fixed in place and will never shift or move. Your new teeth will feel completely natural while you eat, and look just like real teeth when you smile, laugh and speak.
- Durable with a 30+ year lifespan – With proper care, implants can easily last 30+ years. In fact, most patients can keep their implants in good shape for the rest of their lives. This makes them the best long-term investment.
- Requires little care and maintenance – Dental implants do not require much special care or maintenance. Single-tooth restorations with dental crowns, for example, only require you to brush and floss your teeth normally to keep them healthy. It is also important to continue to come and see the team at Dreier Family Dental every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If you are missing one or more teeth, have a healthy jaw, and your teeth are free from decay and cavities, you are most likely a good candidate for one or more dental implants. If you have gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities, or an infected tooth, we will need to treat those issues before we can proceed with the implant placement process. You may need periodontal care, dental fillings, or root canal therapy if you have any dental health issues. This ensures that your mouth is healthy and in good condition to receive a dental implant. To find out if we can replace your missing tooth with a dental implant and custom restoration, we recommend coming in for a consultation with one of our doctors. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and get started.
Cone Beam Technology for Implants
At Dreier Family Dental, our office is equipped with CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) for more precise implant placement. CBCT is a special type of x-ray equipment that allows your doctor to see 3-D images of your jaw structure before creating your implant. This helps ensure that we will be able to develop an implant plan that will fit seamlessly in your smile. They will also be able to see the roots of your teeth, soft tissues, and nerves. Before your dental implant plan is created, your doctor will simply scan your mouth to get a detailed image of your bone structure. This detailed imaging also allows our doctors to precisely place your implant in the optimal location for a more successful and more comfortable procedure.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
While both dentures and dental implants replace missing teeth and visually create a more aesthetically pleasing smile, there are some key differences between the two options.
Dentures are usually more affordable upfront, but will likely need replacement within 5-10 years. It is important to consider both long term value and upfront cost when considering which treatment may be right for you. Full dentures also require the removal of most or all of your remaining teeth, so if you are only missing one or two teeth dental implants may be a more conservative option. Whenever we can, we recommend preserving your natural teeth to keep your mouth and jaw bone as healthy as possible. Unlike dental implants, dentures do not preserve your existing jaw bone structure.
Before making a decision about what tooth replacement option may be right for you, it is important to discuss your options with your doctor. They will explain your individual oral health needs and help you get back to your optimal oral health. Plus, our knowledgeable team is always happy to explain your financing options and walk you through the payment process. If you are missing teeth, schedule your consultation today!
What Patients are Saying
"I am very impressed with the friendliness and warm welcome that I have received from the entire staff. Definitely 5 star treatment!"
"These guys are why I don’t get embarrassed smiling in pictures anymore. I love my smile"
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"The dental hygienists here and the dentist herself are all wonderful. They offer great service with suggestions for better oral care. Time and time again they provide good dental experiences!"
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"Well Done Dreier Family Dental! Happy to say that my first visit with Dr. Dreier was just as smooth as the last 9 years as a patient of Dr. Connie Winter. Wishing you all much success!"
"My family is new to Dreier Family Dental and we loved it! My boys have always complained about having to go in for cleaning and check ups but now they can't wait to go back! Great staff and great atmosphere!"