When you are missing teeth, the gaps in your smile can affect every aspect of your daily life and make eating and speaking more difficult.
At Czaplicki Family Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, we offer every stage of dental implant treatment, the gold standard in tooth replacement.
So what makes dental implants such a great option?
The Gold Standard in Tooth Replacement
Enhanced ComfortDental implants are often used to anchor restorations like dentures, preventing them from slipping during meals or casual conversation.
Improved Oral Health
Perhaps most importantly, implants can stop the jawbone atrophy that occurs after the loss of a tooth. In fact, implants are the only restorative dentistry treatment capable of providing this invaluable benefit.
Dental implants replace lost tooth roots and give your restorations extraordinary support.
Tooth Loss Is a Very Common Issue
Replacing Tooth Roots Can Protect Your Jaw
The roots of your teeth play a crucial role in maintaining the stability of your jaw. After tooth loss, the jawbone begins to shrink, or atrophy. Left untreated, this issue can lead to further tooth loss and even affect the shape of your face. In fact, jawbone atrophy can actually make you look older than you are.
By replacing tooth roots with titanium posts, dental implant treatment can prevent further atrophy for improved jaw health. Some patients may still need a bone graft before Dr. Czaplicki can place dental implants to create a stable foundation for the posts.
We Can Perform Every Aspect of Treatment in One Place
Unlike other practices which refer out the surgical procedure, Drs. Don and Cathleen Czaplicki provide both implant placement and restoration. As a result, you can take advantage of a streamlined treatment process with no need for referrals. You can completely avoid the inconvenience of planning out appointments with multiple doctors at multiple offices.
Whether you need to replace a single tooth with a crown or restore your entire smile with an implant-supported denture, we can meet your needs at our Milwaukee office.
We Use Advanced Technology for Precise Treatment Planning
At our Milwaukee practice, we use a range of state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging tools to plan your treatment with dental implants. All of our x-rays are performed digitally.
In addition, our ORTHOPHOS® SL 3D imaging system creates high-definition panoramas of your jaw, allowing us to identify the optimal positions for each implant.
What to Expect during Treatment
For most patients, replacing teeth with dental implants requires multiple visits to our office and can take several months to complete. Your dentist will carefully plan your treatment to provide the most successful results possible.
Treatment is broken down into several distinct phases...
It takes an average of three to six months for implant posts to fully fuse with the jawbone.
Most Patients Return to Work Two to Three Days after Surgery
While it will take three to six months for your implants to completely integrate, the initial healing process is much shorter. You may experience swelling, bleeding, or discomfort for the first 48 hours or so after implant surgery.
During this time, you should:
- Avoid strenuous physical activity
- Use ice packs to reduce swelling
- Take all prescribed medications
- Be careful when brushing
Dr. Czaplicki can give you more detailed recovery instructions before your procedure so you can prepare for the days afterward.
Understanding Dental Implants
An implant-supported restoration has three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the restoration. The implant itself is a small titanium post that acts as an artificial tooth root. The post then provides exceptional support for a crown, bridge, or denture. By replacing the entire structure of the tooth, these restorations offer an unrivaled level of stability, comfort, and appearance.