Dental Implants

DeRose Dental

General Dentistry located in Located in the Associated Bank Building, 2nd Floor, Racine, WI

Damaged teeth can make your smile look wrong. Dental implants replace impaired roots with metal posts and supplant unhealthy teeth with prosthetics. Whether it’s damage or a gapped smile, Dr. Francesca DeRose and Dr. Maria DeRose Barnes at DeRose Dental in Racine, Wisconsin, can help you get the smile you’ve been looking for. Call or go online today to book an initial consultation.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dentists around the world have used dental implants to treat missing or damaged teeth since the 1950s, when Leonard Linkow realized titanium was compatible with the bones of the jaw.

Your practitioner places titanium roots into your jawbone that fuse with it and provide stability in a few months. After the successful assimilation of the roots in the jawbone, your dentist places a prosthetic tooth that matches the rest of your teeth to fill in the gap.

Titanium is the material of choice not only because it’s strong, but also because the body doesn’t recognize it as a foreign object — causing infection.

Implants are great alternatives to bridges or dentures, as they don’t use neighboring teeth as support.

The DeRose Dental team will refer you to an implant specialist to have the implant placed into the bone and then they will see you afterwards to place the crown on top of the implant.

When should you consider dental implants?

You should consider dental implants if you experience any of the following situations:

  • Missing teeth
  • Broken down teeth that need to be extracted and replaced
  • Dentures that move around or are unstable

The team at DeRose Dental will help you determine whether dental implants are an appropriate treatment option for you. To do so, they consider your:

  • Overall health
  • Jawbone density in the affected area
  • Treatment preference — dentures, implant, bridge
  • Missing tooth’s location

How does the procedure work?

The dental implant procedure takes time to fully complete, mainly because recovery between each phase is integral to the longevity of the results. Here’s a breakdown of the procedure:

  • Damaged tooth removal
  • Jawbone prepped for surgery — might involve grafting bone from elsewhere in your body
  • Placement of titanium roots
  • Interim healing period
  • Placement of the abutment (piece that connects the implant to the crown) and the crown

Each aspect of the procedure is done in the office and doesn’t take very long. The lengthiest aspect of dental implant procedures is the healing time.

What are the side effects?

Though side effects of dental implants are highly unlikely — remember titanium blends in with your jawbone naturally — some possible ones include:

  • Damage to the surrounding area
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus problems
  • Implant infection

DeRose Dental offers you the restorative care you need to get the smile you deserve. Call or go online today to find out whether dental implants are right for you.