I’m not one to go in anxious about a dental appointment, however knowing I put off a needed intervention and fearing I made it worse had me feeling pretty sick to my stomach. They were able to schedule me quickly (I was not a new patient). My hygienist, Laura, was Ah-Mazing and quickly put my mind at ease with my fear and then we chatted and laughed the rest of my appointment. Dr. Alex was friendly and thorough (and even mentioned the laughter coming from our room) Who knew a dental appointment could be so fun! It was a great start to my weekend I didn’t even know I needed!
~ Meghan Jakubowski
If missing teeth keep you from smiling, you can finally find a permanent solution with the professional team at Cornerstone Dental. Located in West Bend, Wisconsin, the office is home to highly trained dentists who have a vast experience improving smiles and function with dental implants. To learn more, call the office to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Ellie Dowden or Dr. Alex Peroutky. You can even book your appointment online now.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace both your natural tooth and its root. Your dentist often suggests an implant when you’re missing a single tooth. When you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, they may recommend an implant-supported bridge or dentures.
A dental implant is usually recommended because it provides stronger the support than traditional tooth replacement options.
Your Natural Tooth vs. A Dental Implant
When you see your dentist for a dental implant, they place a titanium cylinder in your jaw bone, which anchors your new tooth in your mouth, forming a strong, solid bond. Over the next six months, your jaw heals, fusing to the cylinder. After your jaw and gums heal, your dentist connects a prosthetic called an abutment. A mold of the abutment is created, then a custom-built crown is made. Your dentist secures this crown to your abutment.
Procedure Used to Place a Dental Implant
Dental imaging, including X-rays, panoramic films, or 3D CT scans may be needed to assess whether your jawbone is strong and healthy enough for dental implants. In many cases, a bone graft is necessary before placing the implant.
Dental Implant Placement
We have purchased a new piece of equipment to best serve our patients! Our Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) system allows us to take a 3D image of your teeth and jaws. This is useful form many dental purposes. To prepare for dental implant placement, this technology provided the accurate dimensions of your jaw needed for implant placement.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer more support than other options, including full or partial dentures and cemented bridges, and provide multiple benefits, such as:
- Better bone preservation
- No risk of further tooth decay
- Permanent tooth replacement
- Increased stability and strength
While dental implants improve your smile, the procedure has non-cosmetic applications. Dental implants can improve the function of your jaw and teeth, and because the replacement tooth is independently rooted in your jaw, much like a natural tooth, it doesn’t impact or affect your other teeth.
If missing teeth are impacting your smile, we can help. Call the office today at (262) 334-4083 to schedule your appointment or book it online.