Dental implants are an innovative way to replace missing teeth, and our team at Wausau Smiles is pleased to offer several implant treatments for our patients. Each dental implant is surgically placed, and our dentist, Dr. Aaron Bushong, has the training and experience necessary to ensure that your treatment is successful. If you would like to learn more about how we surgically place dental implants in Wausau, Wisconsin, we encourage you to contact our practice at 715-842-3933.
Dental implants are a type of dental restoration that can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or an entire dental arch. A dental implant is made up of three parts: the post, the abutment, and the restoration. The implant post is surgical inserted, or placed, into the jawbone where the missing tooth once stood. This post replaces the tooth’s roots and provides a more stable and permanent foundation for your restoration. Once the implant is properly inserted, the abutment is placed on top, which then attaches to the restoration, which is typically a crown, bridge, or denture.
Prior to the implant placement procedure, our dentist will evaluate your mouth and supporting structures to determine the right place and angle to insert the implant post. If your jaw bone is insufficiently strong to hold a dental implant, our dentist may recommend a bone graft prior to your implant surgery. This will strengthen your jaw bone and increase your chances of having a successful implant treatment.
For the implant procedure, our dentist will begin by cutting open the gum tissue over and around the area of the missing tooth. This will expose the bone underneath. Next, we will drill a hole in the jaw bone that is big enough to fit the implant post. The post is inserted deep into the bone, as it is replacing the tooth’s natural roots and needs to provide sufficient support. Once the implant is inserted, you will have a healing period to let the implant post integrate with the jaw bone. Afterwards, we will attach your restoration to complete your treatment.
If you have one or more missing teeth, we encourage you to talk with our dentist about dental implants. You can schedule your consultation by contacting our practice today.