Dental Implant Restorations
Are missing teeth causing you to hide your smile? Empty spaces in your mouth can certainly have a negative impact on your self-confidence, and they’re not good for your oral health either.
Fortunately, advances in dental technology have provided us with dental implants, a remarkable tooth replacement option. Dental implants may seem like a recent innovation, but they have actually been in use for many years.
Dr. Bushong strives to expand his knowledge of updated dental techniques by taking many hours of continuing education every year. You can be confident that your treatment is being handled by a highly trained, skilled professional.
What Does a Dental Implant Do?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth that looks and functions just like a natural tooth. A small titanium post is placed in the jawbone to replace the root of your missing tooth. Titanium is a material that will grow into the surrounding bone and tissue in the jaw, forming a stable artificial root.
After healing is complete, the replacement root is finished with a durable, natural-looking restoration like a dental crown. The result is a replacement tooth that blends seamlessly with your smile.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
A dental implant can be placed almost anywhere a tooth used to be and is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants may also be used to secure dental bridges, dentures, and partials. They are comfortable, long-lasting, and look completely natural. Since implants integrate with your jaw, you will be able to eat, drink, and speak with ease.
Although dental Implants do need to be cared for properly, they will not develop cavities the way that natural teeth do. Since the implant portion bonds securely with your jaw bone, it should last a lifetime. With proper care, your new crown will also last for many years, but may need to be replaced eventually.
Why Is It Important to Replace Missing Teeth?
Replacing your teeth not only improves your appearance, but is also good for your overall oral health. If a missing tooth is not replaced, the structure of your jaw will begin to change.
This in turn changes your dental bite and impairs your ability to speak and chew properly. The presence of the replacement root also helps to prevent loss of bone in the jaw, which occurs when there is no root left to promote regrowth of healthy bone tissue.
Please Contact Our Office for a Convenient Consultation
We know there’s a lot to consider when deciding if dental implants are right for you. Dr. Bushong will start with a thorough, comprehensive exam and then use this information to explain all your tooth replacement options. Of course, the decision is ultimately yours, and we will support you in every way possible to help you achieve your goal of a whole and healthy smile.
Please contact our Wausau dental office to arrange a complimentary consultation so we can tell you more about dental implants as well as other options that may be appropriate for you.